Lincolnville Fire Department to host benefit for Justin Hills
Lincolnville — Members of Lincolnville Fire Department are hosting a "Super Chicken" barbecue to aid in cushioning expenses incurred by one of their fellow emergency responders.
Justin Hills — who is a Lincolnville firefighter, has been a police officer in both Rockland and Camden and works as the supervisor at Camden First Aid Association — is fighting Hodgkins Lymphoma. Hills is also battling the personal and financial challenges that come hand-in-hand with the illness, according to event organizers.
Following a monthly meeting of Lincolnville Fire Department Jan. 8, Lincolnville Fire Chief Jason Peasley said he and his crew were discussing how to assist Hills and came up with the idea of the chicken barbecue.
"The idea was 'how can we help [Hills] out?'" Peasley said, adding in addition to medical expenses Hills has missed days of work and incurred the costs of traveling for treatment as well.
Peasley said LFD had previously hosted a chicken barbecue to benefit a former fire chief and the idea of doing a similar event for Hills seemed to make sense. The event will take place on Saturday, March 23, and will begin at noon at Lincolnville Fire Station on Route 52. A minimum donation of $10 per plate buys a half-chicken dinner served with a plethora of tasty traditional sides and — according to the poster for the event — "famous Neal Peabody sauce."
A live auction is scheduled to begin at 2 p.m. and will feature Lincolnville auctioneer Rosey Gerry, who will take the stage to auction items in his signature style. Peasley said an honorary seat will be set up so that Hills can join Gerry on the stage.
Peasley said prizes currently include a wide variety of items, from gasoline and tire gift cards, various gift certificates and a special prize from River Ducks Ice Cream.
Peasley said LFD is presently seeking additional auction items for the benefit.
"We're really looking for some donations to help out someone who is such a big part of every [local] community," he said.
He said donated items can be picked up — arrangements for the service can be made by calling Peasley at 446-8620 — or items can be dropped off at Camden First Aid Association, located on John Street in Camden.
Additionally, T-shirts commemorating the event are already on sale. Designed by Adventure Advertising, the shirts are $15 each and can be procured at Camden First Aid Association, Drake Corner Store in Lincolnville and Camden Custom Embroidery. The shirts can also be ordered by contacting Peasley directly.
Proceeds from all aspects of the benefit will go directly to benefit Hills, Peasley said.
For further information about the event, or to donate, contact Peasley by phone call or text message at 446-8620, or Camden First Aid Association Service Chief Julia Libby at 236-8087.
Courier Publications reporter Jenna Lookner can be reached at 236-8511 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.