Fire chief dies at fellow firefighter's funeral

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Maine Gov. Janet Mills says a town fire chief has died after attending the funeral of Berwick Fire Capt. Joel Barnes.

Mills says Oxford Fire Chief Gary Sacco on Sunday "lost his life while honoring that of his fallen brother, fellow firefighter Captain Barnes."

The Boston Globe reports that Maine Medical Center spokesman Matt Wickenheiser confirmed that Sacco was admitted to the hospital while attending the memorial service in Portland, Maine.

Wickenheiser told the Globe that Sacco was pronounced dead at the hospital. No further details have been released.

Barnes was fatally injured shielding a colleague while battling a four-alarm fire earlier this month. Firefighters from across New England attended the public memorial.