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Damage Controlman Fireman George Helferich of Sanford, who is serving aboard the USS John P Murtha (LPD 26), was recognized by the Commander of the Naval Surface Force in the US Pacific Fleet as the #FaceofSurfaceWarfare on their Facebook page this week. In 1948, the Damage Controlman rating was established as a result of the consolidation of the Specialist (F) (Fire Fighters), Carpenter’s Mate, Carpenter’s Mate (SR) (Joiners), Carpenter’s Mate (SR) (Builders), and Painter ratings. The duties performed by DCs include operating, repairing and maintaining installed firefighting systems and equipment, damage control equipment, and chemical, biological and radiological defense equipment. They train shipboard personnel in the operation, maintenance and repair of damage control systems and equipment, life saving devices, and various firefighting methods.

The Chronicle show on Boston’s Channel 5 did a segment on Sanford recently, visiting the Third Alarm Diner, Goodall Park and Tanguay St. Watch the video here.

WGME did a story on the vigil held at St. George’s Episcopal Church for the victims of the school shooting in Uvalde, TX. Read the story or watch the video here.

Do you have a student new to Sanford Middle School or a returning student just a little anxious about the 22/23 school year? They can take a tour of the school and meet their counselor on Tuesday, June 14 or Tuesday, August 16, from 9:00 to 11:00 a.m. Incoming 5th graders: Watch for more details about a fun event on Monday, August 22nd.

Erik Rae, a member of the Sanford Police Department, has been selected to join the Department’s Criminal Investigations Division. Detective Rae has been working as a Patrol Officer since 2017 and was recently selected as a member of the Evidence Response Team. Det. Rae has always had an interest in detective work and has been working toward this goal for several years. He will be an asset to the current CID team.

Det. Erik Rae and Chief Craig Andersen

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