LEWISTON – Lewiston Firefighter Joseph “Pete” St. Pierre officially retired on Valentine’s Day and had his “last ride” on Feb. 12 after a party at Central Station in his honor.

A 36-year veteran, he was hired on Aug. 25, 1968, and was promoted to lieutenant on Nov. 1, 1985. He started his career out of the “Old Central” on Engine 7 and stayed on that truck for about nine years, before going to Sabattus Street’s Engine 4.

St. Pierre has been the senior man in the whole department for the last few years. His first “big” fire was the huge Libbey Mill conflagration, and another was at 77 Pierce St.

St. Pierre said he experienced no “close calls,” but did witness two other “brothers” suffer injuries at the Sampson Furniture fire.

As he served on Engine 4, which carried the extrication equipment, he saw a lot of vehicle accidents, including some with tragic results.

St. Pierre enjoyed being part of the department’s Honor Guard, and, he said, he is looking to working part-time now.

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