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Fire inspires Goffstown neighbors to help family

Union Leader Correspondent

May 11. 2012 8:40PM

Roger Audet died in Tuesday's fire. 

GOFFSTOWN - Larry Audet can tell you firsthand that sometimes, good can arise from tragedy.

Audet's dental bridge was destroyed in the fire Tuesday that took the life of his elderly father, Roger. By Wednesday, Audet said a local dentist had him in a chair, replacing it free of charge.

'The very next day, he put the teeth in,' Audet said. 'I'd like to somehow thank him.'

Bryan Hoertdoerfer moved his practice to Manchester from New York City about a year ago, and said he read about the fire in Wednesday's newspaper. Hoertdoerfer's hygienist lives in Goffstown and is friends with Audet's sister, so Hoertdoerfer told her to offer him an appointment.

'He was just so down on his luck, I thought, this guy could use a break,' Hoertdoerfer said. 'So I gave him one.'

Hoertdoerfer provided two crowns for Audet, which replaced his two front teeth.

Audet said the visit to Hoertdoerfer's office was an emotional one, with a lot of tears shed.

'I said, 'I don't know how to thank you,'' Audet said, 'and he said, 'You just did.''

Audet, who lives in Florida, has been taking turns with his siblings, taking care of Roger Audet since their mother, Elizabeth, passed away in January.

'I got here in April, and was staying until June,' Audet said. 'Someone always had to be with him.'

He was bringing a family member to the airport early on Tuesday and returned to the scene of a three-alarm fire at his father's Church Street apartment.

Audet said he is thankful for the outpouring of support from the community.

'People have dropped off things - food, money, everything,' he said. 'It's been amazing.'

A wake for Roger Audet was held Friday at French and Rising Funeral Home and a 10 a.m. funeral will be held today at St. Lawrence Church.

Roger Audet's dog, loved dearly by Elizabeth Audet, also perished in the fire.

'We think of all three of them are together now,' he said.

According to fire officials, the cause of Tuesday's blaze remains under investigation.

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