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Distinguished Veterans Honored
AUGUSTA - At a ceremony in the Hall of Flags on Thursday, April 1, the Maine Healthcare Association honored Fred Fehrle of Blue Hill for his lifetime of achievements. Fehrle had a distinguished, 25-year career in the U.S. Navy beginning at age 18. A pilot, Fehrle flew more than 20 types of planes and was awarded six medals. Following his Naval retirement, he taught Flight Instrument training and attended Horse Farrier School, where his interest in horses became a full-time passion.
In 1968, he and his family moved to Blue Hill, where Fehrle quickly became involved in the community. He trained and shoed harness race horses and ran the harness racing events at the Blue Hill Fair. Fehrle was parade marshall for the Blue Hill Memorial Day Parade for 19 years. He also served as a Board Member of the fair, and treasurer for George Stevens Academy and the Blue Hill Congregational Church. In the spirit of further serving his community, he was a volunteer firefighter and ambulance driver. In 1978, he was selected as Blue Hill's "Man of the Year" and later received a Jefferson Award. He became a founding board member of the Island Nursing Home on Deer Isle, where he later moved.
Following a tragic car accident in 1994, when he was 73, Fehrle became a quadriplegic. Undaunted by disability, Fehrle learned to use a computer in order to manage his finances, personal business, and stay in contact with his family.
For his inspirational dedication to his community and triumph over adversity, the Maine Healthcare Association saluted Fehrle and other long-term care residents at a ceremony in the Statehouse. The Maine Healthcare Association is a statewide association of service providers for Maine's elderly and disabled. The organization represents more than 250 adult day service providers, assisted living/residential care facilities, home health service providers, independent living/congregate housing providers, nursing facilities, and rehabilitation and skilled nursing providers.
Rep. Hannah Pingree, 867-2336
Casey Johnson, Legislative Aide, 287-1430
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