Joel Barnes is pictured in an undated photo. Credit: Courtesy of CBS 13

BERWICK -– The Berwick Fire Department is dealing with the loss of one their own and they’re remembering their fallen friend.

“Joel was a true hero,” Berwick Fire Chief Dennis Plante said.

“Definitely going out as a hero,” Captain Travis Doiron said.

Ask the Berwick Fire Department about Joel Barnes and they’ll tell you he had a routine.

“He’d make sure he’d be into work on time and be ready to go and liked to pay attention to detail,” Doiron said.

[The life and legacy of Berwick Fire Captain Joel Barnes]

“He’d always pay attention to was making sure there was no water spots on our trucks after we rinsed them off,” Plante said.

Fellow firefighters say when he wasn’t taking care of the details, he was leading by example.

“It was during a snowstorm, after going inside and treating this patient, he went outside and shoveled the walkway, shoveled the steps, put sand and salt down, just going above and beyond what’s expected for a firefighter in town,” Doiron said.

Captain Barnes also gave time teaching fire safety at local schools and the library.

Berwick firefighters say he was in charge of training the new recruits, and that they looked up to him.

Firefighters say he embodied what it meant to be a first responder. They say the massive effort to put on the memorial service is worth it as they say goodbye to a colleague, and a friend.