TEMPLE – Members of this small Franklin County town were shaken by news that a popular volunteer firefighter was killed in a motorcycle accident Saturday.
“It’s rough on all of us anyway when you go to a call like this, but it’s even worse when it’s one of your own,” said George Blodgett, assistant fire chief, who was among the first on the accident scene.
According to police reports, Timothy Maillet, 35, of Day Mountain Road, was killed when the 1985 Harley-Davidson motorcycle he was driving collided with a vehicle turning left in front of him. The accident occurred just north of the town office on Route 43 around 12:30 Saturday afternoon.
Blodgett, who is also a selectman in this small town of 500 people, said Maillet was well-known and well-liked throughout the community. In addition to serving as a volunteer firefighter for many years, Maillet also helped form and was vice president of the Temple Trail Riders ATV club.
“He’s done a lot for the town,” said Blodgett. “This is just terrible.”
A Wilton native, Maillet was married and employed locally as a mechanic. He organized motorcycle rides throughout Franklin County to benefit different charities. Maillet was not wearing a helmet at the time of the accident.
“He was free-willed, that doesn’t surprise me,” said Blodgett.
Despite Saturday’s rainfall, police said it appears weather was not a factor in the accident, which happened on a straight stretch of road.
According to reports, the vehicle in front of Maillet was driven by a 17-year-old Temple girl who was turning left as Maillet was attempting to pass her. Police are not releasing the identity of the girl, but said she was uninjured in the accident. There are no criminal charges pending.
Maillet suffered severe head injuries in the collision. He was pronounced dead at the scene.
“Tim had a lot of friends,” said Blodgett. “There will be a huge funeral … a lot of people knew him.”