Tris Colket: Firefighter and Benefactor Honored with Plaque

The plaque is mounted on a pink granite rock from Kenarden, the Colket’s home. PHOTO COURTESY OF BH FIRE DEPT

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Colket: firefighter and benefactor honored with plaque
September 23, 2020 by Anne Kozak on News

BAR HARBOR—In recognition of Tris Colket’s many contributions to the fire department as a volunteer firefighter and benefactor, firefighters on Wednesday placed a plaque at the base of the flagpole in front of the fire station honoring Colket, who died in July.

In September 1974, Colket joined the department as a “call firefighter” and kept a plectron (an emergency alerting radio receiver) in the front hall of Kenarden, his home on Lower Main Street. Earl Brechlin, who worked for the Colkets, recalled that Colket kept his boots and helmet in his Jeep so that he could always respond quickly to a fire.

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In 1972, the Colkets donated LaRochelle, his childhood summer home, to the Maine Seacoast Mission and in 2005 established a $2 million endowment to support its maintenance. With the blessing of the Colkets, the Mission sold LaRochelle to the Bar Harbor Historical Society in 2019 in order to use funding from the sale to enhance its many programs….

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