MAINERS REMEMBER POPULAR GAME WARDEN

by Christian Mower on February 6, 2013

MAINERS ARE REMEMBERING MAJ. GREGORY SANBORN OF FRYEBURG, WHO WAS THE SECOND IN COMMAND OF THE MAINE WARDEN SERVICE.

A SPOKESMAN FOR THE WARDEN SERVICE SAYS SANBORN DIED TUESDAY AFTERNOON, FEB. 5 2013, AT THE AGE OF 47. HE HAD BEEN FIGHTING A RARE FORM OF CANCER.

MAINE GOV. PAUL LePAGE ANNOUNCED SANBORN’S PASSING TUESDAY NIGHT AND ASKED FOR A MOMENT OF SILENCE TO REMEMBER HIM AS HE STARTED HIS STATE OF THE STATE SPEECH IN AUGUSTA.

THE GOVERNOR SAYS SANBORN “EMBODIED WHAT IT MEANS TO BE A MAINE GAME WARDEN AND WAS A TRUE AMBASSADOR OF OUR GREAT OUTDOORS AND OUR ENTIRE STATE… I WAS ALWAYS HUMBLED BY HIS COMMITMENT TO PUBLIC SERVICE AND HIS PASSION FOR LIFE, EVEN AS HE FOUGHT THIS HORRIBLE DISEASE.”

THE GOVERNOR AND MRS. LePAGE EXTEND THEIR THOUGHTS AND PRAYERS TO SANBORN’S FAMILY – INCLUDING HIS WIFE DEB AND SON DAVE – AS DOES MAINE DEPT.OF INLAND FISHERIES AND WILDLIFE COMMISSIONER CHANDLER WOODCOCK.

SANBORN – A 23-YEAR-VETERAN OF THE WARDEN SERVICE – HAD BEEN THE RECIPIENT OF A BONE MARROW TRANSPLANT IN 2012 AFTER A DONOR REGISTRY AND FUNDRAISING DRIVE WERE ORGANIZED FOR HIM AT HIS ALMA MATER, FRYEBURG ACADEMY.

SERVICES FOR SANBORN WILL BE HELD SATURDAY AT THE MAINE CRIMINAL JUSTICE ACADEMY IN VASSALBORO.

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