PITTSFIELD — The body of a Pittsfield firefighter was discovered Tuesday morning on the running track at Maine Central Institute, and officials said it appeared he had suffered a medical emergency that led to his death.

Zach Noble Photo courtesy of Kennebec Water District

Emergency workers found Zach Noble, 27, a Pittsfield resident who had been a member of the Fire Department for several years, at about 6:30 a.m., when they responded to the school for a report of a nonresponsive man who had been found by an MCI maintenance worker who was arriving for work, according to Chief Vicente Morris of the Pittsfield Police Department.

Rescuers were unable to revive Noble.

Morris said Wednesday there was no indication of foul play.

Noble graduated from MCI in 2015, Morris said. He also worked as an emergency medical technician for Unity Ambulance, and the Kennebec Water District posted to its Facebook page that Noble was a distribution technician for the district. The post said Noble “was a shining star on our team and will be deeply missed.”

MCI said in a statement, “This is a very tragic occurrence and our thoughts and condolences are with the individual’s family.”


Roger Crouse, the general manager for KWD, wrote in an email that Noble “was quick witted and regularly brought levity to the work projects no matter the working conditions.”

“He looked out for others and was a great leader,” Crouse said.

The Pittsfield Fire Department also took to Facebook to salute Noble, writing he “will be truly missed.”

Other neighboring fire departments also posted to social media, with the Newport Fire Department writing in a Facebook post that Noble’s “dedication to serving the public was unwavering. It would be a rare exception for our two departments to work together without Zach Noble on scene.”

“This is tragic and heartbreaking news to share and we are all trying to process this,” Unity Ambulance wrote in its Facebook post.

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