LEAP maintenance employee Larry Lord is credited with saving more than a dozen staff after warning them about the smell of gas.
As the Farmington community comes to grips with the LEAP Inc.’s explosion tragedy, heroic stories are emerging.
The heroic actions of Larry Lord, the maintenance worker at LEAP, a nonprofit that serves individuals with cognitive and intellectual disabilities, is one story that has tugged at hearts across the country.
Ahead of 8 a.m. Monday, Lord was the first individual at the LEAP plant to detect the smell of gas. He jumped to action, alerting over a dozen LEAP staff and taking them out of the building.
When firefighters came on the scene, he returned with them to show them the issue inside the building. The building exploded shortly afterward.
His intelligent thinking and swift actions are credited because in the explosion no other LEAP staff was severely wounded.
But Lord suffered severe burns on over half of his body, multiple traumas, broken bones, and critical injuries. He was transferred rapidly to Boston’s Massachusetts General Hospital, where he was listed in critical condition as of Tuesday night.
A GoFundMe page has raised thousands of dollars for the hero and his family to make sure they can stay with him during this critical time.
He is recovering in the ICU burn unit.
Lord lives in Jay, Maine, with his wife Sandy. He is the animal control officer in the town of Livermore Falls, in addition to working maintenance at LEAP Inc.
He is described as an extremely committed and hard worker by coworkers. For any problem, he’s the person everyone turns to, no matter how small. Lord played an important part in the recent renovation and expansion of the new LEAP facility, which was scheduled for next month’s grand reopening.
Sammi Richard, Lord’s niece said her uncle is “the most compassionate and caring man you’ll ever meet. He has a heart of gold and would do anything for anyone.”
God bless you, Larry.