South Berwick, me firefighter, father of 4, dies suddenly


South Berwick firefighters mourn the sudden death of firefighter Matt Ballou.

Ballou, 32, died at his home on Wednesday.

Ballou joined the department in 2017 after previously working with the departments of Alfred and Lincolnville, Maine and Knox County Communications. He also worked as a dispatcher at the Biddeford Communication Center.

Ballou was married with four children, according to a GoFundMe page set up to help with funeral expenses.

“” Matty “was a hard worker, always ready to participate and help no matter what needed to be done. We will remember Matt as always smiling, with a quick and witty sense of humor that could lighten up any mood, “department officials said. on their Facebook page.

Ballou’s former colleagues have also expressed their sadness over his death.

Matt Ballou (South Berwick Fire Department)

“We’re heartbroken. A lot of us have ‘worked’ with him, and it was a pleasure. Matt was one of those guys who got along with everyone, and his smile was always there. made a difference. You will. Matt will be missed, “Lincolnville Fire Department officials wrote.

“Firefighter Ballou will be missed on station and on radio and we are forever grateful for his service to our organization. Words cannot even describe this loss. On behalf of Alfred Fire Rescue, we express our most sincere condolences to the Ballou family, his wife and four children, ”wrote Alfred Fire & Rescue officials.

Ballou had many nicknames, including Matty, Matty Boo, Boo Boo Ballou or just Boo Boo, according to the GoFundMe page.

Funeral arrangements have not been announced.

Matt Ballou’s Helmet (South Berwick Fire Department)

Contact reporter Dan Alexander at [email protected] or via Twitter @DanAlexanderNH

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