Published Date Written by Staff Report
Visiting hours are Thursday for Benjamin Edward LaMontagne, 18, of Long Island, who died unexpectedly on Saturday, Feb. 22, at his home due to complications from surgery, an obituary stated.
Visiting hours will be held on Thursday from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. at the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception, 307 Congress St., Portland, Conroy-Tully Crawford Funeral Home reported. A Concelebrated Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10:30 a.m. on Friday, Feb. 28, at the Cathedral. An internment service on Long Island will be held at a future date in the late spring, the obituary read.
A senior at Cheverus High School, LaMontagne died following oral surgery for removal of wisdom teeth, according to press accounts.
On Wednesday, the Cumberland County Sheriff's Office released details of the emergency response in the early morning hours of Saturday. At 1:12 a.m. on Feb. 22, the agency was notified of a medical emergency at 135 Stepping Stone Lane in the town of Long Island. The Regional Communications Center reported that the mother of an 18-year-old male had called and reported that her son was not breathing, the sheriff's office reported.
Emergency medical personnel from the Long Island Fire Department and Portland Fire Department were also notified and responded to the residence.
A patrol deputy from the mainland responded as well, the sheriff's office reported. The deputy met the Long Island Fire boat at the State Pier and was transported to the residence. The deputy arrived at the home at 2:10 a.m. and met with members of the Long Island and Portland fire departments, the sheriff's office reported.
"A preliminary investigation was conducted at the scene, and although the circumstances surrounding the cause of death are unknown, there are no indications of foul play," the sheriff's office reported.
The Office of Chief Medical Examiner was notified, and on Monday, an autopsy was conducted, with toxicology results pending. Officials continue to work to determine the official cause and manner of death, the sheriff's office reported.
A National Honor Society member, LaMontagne received a merit scholarship for performance and planned to attend the Sunderman Conservatory of Music at Gettysburg College in Gettysburg, Penn., after graduation, the obituary stated.
Memorial donations may be made in his memory to: Long Island Community Center Revitalization Project, P.O. Box 263, Long Island, ME 04050.