Funeral held in Bath for 9/11 firefighter who retired to Maine

On Saturday, family, friends and fellow firefighters honored a New Jersey firefighter who retired to Maine and recently died of cancer he developed after responding to ground zero in the aftermath of the Sept. 11 attacks.Hackensack, New Jersey, firefighter Rich Kubler was among the first responders who searched for survivors after the attacks.In the days and weeks that followed, the New York City Fire Department asked Hackensack firefighters to help in another way. “They started telling us we need people to attend the funerals. So at that point, we pretty much stopped going to ground zero and we just started going to funerals, every day, sometimes two funerals a day,” Deputy Chief Mike Christensen said.Members of the Hackensack Fire Department are in Maine to attend Kubler’s funeral on Saturday.Kubler was diagnosed with liver cancer last fall. His dream was to buy a home and retire to Maine. He did that, but died last Saturday at the age of 53.”Richie is the second person from our department to pass away from 9/11 cancer,” Christensen said.Christensen said he and fellow firefighters are here for Kubler’s wife and children.”If I got one thing to say for everybody — never forget — never forget Richie, never forget his efforts at Ground Zero and everything he did before and after 9/11,” Christensen said.A funeral procession was held Saturday afternoon at 1 p.m. at the Daigle Funeral Home in Bath. It continued along Route 1 to Wiscasset.A service was also held at the First Congregational Church in Wiscasset.Bath firefighter Rick David said it is important for people to remember Kubler. “We want people to realize he was a good guy. He was taken entirely too early. He deserves everything he’s getting tomorrow,” David said.It was a funeral procession for a man who died in the line of duty but years later, living his final months in Maine surrounded by family and friends.”We have now met 100 Hackensack firefighters who have traveled back and forth and who are now considered friends and even more so family,” said Christopher Cummings, the Deputy Chief of the Bath Fire Department. “In this time of need, it’s our pleasure to help them.”

On Saturday, family, friends and fellow firefighters honored a New Jersey firefighter who retired to Maine and recently died of cancer he developed after responding to ground zero in the aftermath of the Sept. 11 attacks.

Hackensack, New Jersey, firefighter Rich Kubler was among the first responders who searched for survivors after the attacks.

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In the days and weeks that followed, the New York City Fire Department asked Hackensack firefighters to help in another way.

“They started telling us we need people to attend the funerals. So at that point, we pretty much stopped going to ground zero and we just started going to funerals, every day, sometimes two funerals a day,” Deputy Chief Mike Christensen said.

Members of the Hackensack Fire Department are in Maine to attend Kubler’s funeral on Saturday.

Kubler was diagnosed with liver cancer last fall. His dream was to buy a home and retire to Maine. He did that, but died last Saturday at the age of 53.

“Richie is the second person from our department to pass away from 9/11 cancer,” Christensen said.

Christensen said he and fellow firefighters are here for Kubler’s wife and children.

“If I got one thing to say for everybody — never forget — never forget Richie, never forget his efforts at Ground Zero and everything he did before and after 9/11,” Christensen said.

A funeral procession was held Saturday afternoon at 1 p.m. at the Daigle Funeral Home in Bath. It continued along Route 1 to Wiscasset.

A service was also held at the First Congregational Church in Wiscasset.

Bath firefighter Rick David said it is important for people to remember Kubler.

“We want people to realize he was a good guy. He was taken entirely too early. He deserves everything he’s getting tomorrow,” David said.

It was a funeral procession for a man who died in the line of duty but years later, living his final months in Maine surrounded by family and friends.

“We have now met 100 Hackensack firefighters who have traveled back and forth and who are now considered friends and even more so family,” said Christopher Cummings, the Deputy Chief of the Bath Fire Department. “In this time of need, it’s our pleasure to help them.”