CAMPTON — Capt. David M. Lavoie of Campton-Thornton Fire-Rescue will be back aboard Engine 3 one last time Friday morning.
Beginning at 10:30 a.m., the engine which Lavoie, 52, frequently drove in his 11 years as a member of the fire department will convey his remains from the Mayhew Funeral Home in Meredith up Route 3 to the Meredith Village Cemetery for a graveside service.
Lavoie, who called Campton home but who was raised in Meredith and was an employee of Ambrose Bros. contracting, died from a cardiac incident on Saturday morning in Hebron, where he had gone to help a friend do tree work.
Some 12 hours earlier, Lavoie, at the wheel of Engine 3, and two other firefighters responded to an activated fire alarm at a Campton residence.
The incident proved to be nothing more than burned food, said Chief Daniel Defosses, but he believes that the stress of the response, and the cumulative stress that he and all firefighters endure, later contributed to Lavoie’s sudden death.
Defosses said a fire department colleague will carry Lavoie’s ashes in Engine 3 for the captain’s “last ride.”
Ladder trucks from Waterville Valley and Meredith will form a memorial arch for the procession, he said. For the purposes of the ceremony, Lavoie’s death is being treated as a line-of-duty passing, though that has not yet been officially determined.
Born in Laconia on Nov. 17, 1966, Lavoie was the son of the late Theodore Thomas Donald and Charlotte Ann Patricia (Estelle Fisette) Lavoie. He graduated from Inter-Lakes High School in Meredith in 1985 and lived in Ashland before moving to Campton some 15 years ago.
In addition to being a call firefighter, Lavoie was a truck driver for Ambrose Bros. and most recently worked in the company’s shop.
According to his obituary, Lavoie was passionate about snowmobiling and auto racing.
He is survived by his son, Evan R. Bleakney, and his wife, Jennifer, of Meredith; his grandchildren, Hazel and Kolt Bleakney; his stepmother, Sherri (Sargent) Lavoie of Meredith; his brother, Paul R. Lavoie, and sister Valarie A. Greene, both of Meredith; two nephews, Owen and Milo Greene; and aunts, uncles, and cousins.