Cumberland Fire Dept. loses one of its own

Cumberland Fire Dept. loses one of its own

CUMBERLAND – Members of the Cumberland Fire Department are mourning the loss of one of their own, after 19-year veteran firefighter Christopher Borges died in his sleep on Aug. 30.

Cumberland Fire District Chairwoman Cynthia Ouellette and Fire Chief Kenneth Finlay expressed "deep regret" at the unexpected loss of Borges. Fire personnel weren't speculating on the cause of death, saying a full autopsy will be conducted.

Borges began his career with Cumberland Fire Department on Jan. 5, 1999 and was assigned to Ladder 1, first platoon at Station 2 in Ashton. He was scheduled to work on Aug. 30 but had not reported for duty. When there was no response to phone calls, firefighters went to his home and started knocking and calling for Borges. They and Cumberland police entered his home and discovered he had died in his sleep.

"Chris was a dedicated firefighter, and also an avid classic car enthusiast," said Ouellette and Finlay in their statement. "He could often be found with other Cumberland firefighters at car shows in the area. His passing will leave a void in the fire department, the community and the hearts of his brother firefighters."

Lt. Chris Smith said Borges was well liked in the department, and he and others in the department were shocked and saddened by the loss. Borges largely kept to himself, said Smith, but always showed up for work and could be relied on to do his job well.