EXETER — A civilian contractor who was killed in a suicide attack on a NATO convoy in Afghanistan was remembered Wednesday as a family man who served his community and defended his country.

About 700 people including military personnel and law enforcement turned out at Exeter Cornerstone Baptist Church for the funeral of Corey Dodge, of Garland. Burial followed at a cemetery in Dexter.

Dodge, 40, was among a dozen people killed on Aug. 22 when a suicide car bomber attacked the convoy as it was traveling through Afghanistan’s capital. Dodge and two other victims were Americans.

Dodge, an Army veteran, had worked as a police officer in Dexter, a correction officer at Maine State Prison and a deputy in Knox County, where he was Deputy of the Year in 2002.

For the past nine years, he’d worked in Afghanistan training police officers and serving on a security detail.

Dodge, a married father of four, had returned home in June to take his family on a vacation to North Carolina’s Outer Banks. He was due to return home for good next month.

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