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Antarctica is just one of the far-flung places Barnes has served since leaving his home on the Passamoquoddy tribal reservation on the coastal border of Maine and Canada.

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Kicking tires, fighting fires: Veteran, firefighter and EMT joins Tusayan Fire Department

After travels to nearly every continent and several tours of duty in active combat zones, John Barnes made his way to the small community of Tusayan to join the Tusayan Fire Department.