AUGUSTA — The Maine Senate enacted a bill from Sen. Chip Curry, D-Belfast, Feb. 10 that honors a firefighter from Unity. LD 1839, “Resolve, To Name a Bridge in the Town of Unity the Alton ‘Mac’ McCormick Memorial Bridge,” received unanimous bipartisan support.

Alton McCormick was assistant fire chief in Unity in the fall of 1954 during Hurricane Carol and Hurricane Edna. In Unity, floodwaters trapped a family of 10 on top of a car, and neighbors built a human chain to try to rescue them. McCormick helped save nine family members, but he and one of the children lost their lives in the flood. In the aftermath, Alton McCormick was posthumously awarded the first-ever Civilian Citation for Bravery by then-Gov. Burton Cross.

LD 1839 would rename Bridge 5228 as the Alton “Mac” McCormick Memorial Bridge. This bridge carries U.S. Route 202 and State Route 9 in Unity over the Sandy Stream.

The bill faces further votes in the House and Senate.