By Diana Bowley of the Bangor Daily News: DEXTER - This community is mourning the loss of a family man who was a longtime Department of Transportation employee and the town’s fire chief.
James Gudroe, 48, died unexpectedly April 12 at Mayo Regional Hospital in Dover-Foxcroft.
Gudroe had served on the Garland Fire Department for five years before joining the Dexter Fire Department where he served for 16 years, including the last two as chief.
"He was a very well-liked man who was very dedicated in the fire service," Dexter firefighter Lewis Easler said Monday. It was a loss for the department, he said.
Dover-Foxcroft Fire Chief Joseph Guyotte said Gudroe was always there to promote his department but preferred others received the credit. "He was one who never wanted to take credit for himself, it was always the boys. He was not out for the glory of being chief," he said Monday.
"It’s a shock to everybody," Guyotte said. "His department is taking it really tough."
Guilford Fire Chief Allen Emerson said Gudroe’s passing was a big loss to the community. He said the DOT, where Gudroe worked for about 30 years, also lost a good man.
Barry Deering is now Dexter’s acting fire chief.
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