The members of Maine's law enforcement and fire communities are mourning the loss of one of their own.

With Which Agencies Did He Serve?

James Ellis passed away unexpectedly Monday night after many years of service to the state of Maine. Jim spent the past 17 years with the Penobscot County Sheriff's Office. But his career also included time with the Maine Fire Marshal's Office and as the Fire Chief in Eddington and Holden. He was so dedicated to public service that, even after he retired from the position of Chief, Jim continued to serve as a member of the Eddington Fire Department.

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How is He Being Remembered?

Maine's Public Safety Community is mourning the loss of a man who was beloved. Penobscot County Sheriff Troy Morton said, in a statement, that Ellis spent his entire life serving others.

A quiet man, with a big smile and infectious laugh, Jim positively impacted the lives of many. Those who serve in these roles often wonder if they have made a difference. Jim, you made a difference.

Eddington's Town Manager also released a statement about Jim's passing.

He dedicated over 40 years to the Fire Service and earned a respected reputation locally and statewide. My heart breaks for all who knew him, he served several years as the Fire Chief in our Town and recently rejoined the Eddington Fire Department as a call firefighter because he just couldn’t stay away from what he enjoyed most. He will be greatly missed.

And State Fire Marshal Richard McCarthy also issued a statement.

Jim Ellis dedicated his life to serving his community and protecting the people of Maine. The impact he has had on those he worked with will always be remembered and his legacy will live on for generations to come.

Sheriff Morton has asked for privacy during this difficult time for Jim's family, friends, and coworkers.

We offer our sincerest condolences to Jim's family, friends, and the entire public service community for their loss.

Funeral services will be announced in the coming days.

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