Teen, junior firefighter remembered

11:40 PM, Oct 17, 2011   |    comments
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DIXFIELD, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- A community is mourning the death of a teenage girl killed in a car crash over the weekend.

Sixteen year-old Danielle Ranger was flown by helicopter to the Central Maine Medical Center after the car she was driving crashed into a tree in the town of Peru on Saturday night. Ranger died Sunday.

Monday night, the Dirigo girls soccer team took to the field wearing orange, Danielle's favorite color, on their socks. Off the field, students wore t-shirts that said "We play for Dani," the nickname the popular teen's friends and family called her. Ranger was also a junior firefighter, and was instrumental in creating the Dixfield Junior Firefighter program. Fire Chief Scott Dennett says Danielle was enthusiastic about becoming a firefighter, always ready to help out. Her death has been hard on the entire crew.

"This is the extreme, a young person in the prime of their life and just getting started, so it's been difficult for us" Dennet told NEWS CENTER.

There will be a candlelight vigil to remember Danielle Ranger at 7 o'clock Thursday night at the high school. A memorial service will be held for her on Friday. The fire department is planning a procession leading to that service.




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