February 12, 2013

Colleagues say goodbye to Maine Warden Service legend

Maj. Gregg Sanborn, who died Feb. 6 at age 47, is remembered Monday as dedicated, tough and kind.

By Deirdre Fleming dfleming@pressherald.com
Staff Writer

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Maine Warden Service Maj. Gregg Sanborn

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In this 1997 file photo, Maine warden Greg Sanborn checks out a dead doe in Standish. Maj. Sanborn, the second-in-command of the Maine Warden Service, has died at age 47 after battling cancer for more than a year.

Sanborn put the good of the Warden Service above his own ambitions, said Col. Joel Wilkinson, warden service commander.

Sanborn was acting colonel of the service in 2008 and had applied for the top job, but Wilkinson was promoted over Sanborn to the post. Sanborn supported Wilkinson and agreed to stay as second in command.

"I met with Gregg and although he probably had some disappointment that he was not selected, he said I had to step up, that it was my job and he was concerned who the Warden Service would get if I didn't. He became a huge advocate for me taking the role," Wilkinson said.

"Now when I look back, me as colonel and him as major, they were just titles. We were a team. He was as dedicated to our mission as they come, to our core values. He preached it. He lived it. He loved it," Wilkinson said.

Dunham said his friend fought cancer with the same ferocity that he applied to his work.

"He was very committed to whatever he was doing. He was committed to win. There are just some battles you can't win," Dunham said.

"I saw it right to the very end. I saw him fight just to stand. And then I saw him, finally, resolve that he would soon be passing. He did it very dignified. He definitely was unique. There will never be another like him."

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