Legendary Troopers

The Legendary Trooper Award is the highest award that any Maine State Trooper can receive.

It is awarded in recognition for years of career meritorious service to those Troopers who uphold the highest standards for the Maine State Police. The Maine State Police, in recognition of many years of service, on occasion now awards the Legendary Trooper status to two Troopers in the same year.

Gahagan youngArnold-Gahagan-Legendary-202015 Detective Arnold Gahagan
Dates of Service: 1966-1994 (28 years)

CAREER: Gahagan, from Stockholm, served the State Police for 28 years, from 1966 to his retirement in 1994, and he continues to work for the Aroostook County District Attorney’s Office as a victim witness advocate.The Chief of the State Police, Colonel Robert Williams said Gahagan was considered one of the State Police’s expert child abuse investigators and he was involved in every major State Police investigation in Aroostook County from 1978 to his retirement. In 1984, Gahagan was selected as Trooper of the Year.
WABI News Coverage-Maine State Police Honors Officers
harold-skid-savage-with-car1harold-skid-savage-thumb2014 Corporal Harold “Skid” Savage
Dates of Service: 1972-2004 (32 years)

CAREER: Savage served as a state trooper for 32 years, retiring as a corporal. His first patrol was the Rumford-Mexico area, where he served for 17 years.Retired Maine State Police Maj. Charles Love presented the award, recalling that Savage had earned the reputation of being exceptionally friendly, capable and well-respected. Savage was “known as fair, but do not test him,” Love said. Savage didn’t simply go to work in the Rumford-Mexico area, he cared about people and earned the trust of many. “He became a fabric of his community,” Love said. Savage played a role in keeping peace during a tense paper mill labor strike in the 1980s. During the Rumford strike, “Skid Savage was a known and trusted part of the fabric of the area, and could be counted on to provide to the administration a real-life, real-time assessment,” Love said.
Bangor Daily News article-Top Honors
col-malcolm-dow-2013-214x3002013 Colonel Malcolm “Mac” Dow
Also recipient of Trooper of the Year Award in 1980
Dates of Service: 1976-1999 (23 years)

CAREER: A native of Houlton, ME., Dow began his career with the Aroostook County Sheriff’s Dept. in the 1970s, and joined the Maine State Police in 1976. He was promoted to deputy chief in 1993 and later served as Chief of the Maine State Police for two years.Legendary Trooper Award Ceremony articleBig Country 969 notice of Legendary Trooper Award
joseph-zamboni-20121-214x3002012 Detective joseph-zamboni-20013Joseph Zamboni
Also recipient of Trooper of the Year Award 2001
Dates of Service: 1982-2004 (22 years)CAREER: Formerly from Milo, Zamboni served 22 years with the Maine State Police and retired in 2004.  He was named Trooper of the Year in 2001.  A year earlier, Zamboni led the Maine State Police investigation into serial killer James Hicks, who killed three women over 19 years.  Zamboni’s work on the case resulted in the recovery of the women’s bodies in Etna and Forkstown Plantation, and life sentences for Hicks
Bangor Daily News-coverage of Hicks
Hicks Sentenced to 55 Years
 normand-bureau-1979detective-normand-bureau-2011-214x3002011 Detective Normand Bureau
Dates of Service: 1959-1979  (20 years)CAREER:Served with the Marines in Korea, joined the Maine State Police in 1959. Bureau was especially well-known for his tenacious pursuit of stolen cars.After his retirement, in 1979, he was appointed by then Maine Governor Joseph Brennan to serve as as Sheriff of Androscoggin County.There are three generations of Maine State Troopers in the Bureau family, starting with Normand Bureau
WCHS TV coverage of Trooper of the Year-Legendary TrooperLewiston Sun Journal article Legendary Trooper
major-charles-love-2010-215x3002010 Majocharles-love-new-215x300r Charles Love
Dates of Service: 1970-2003 (33 years)CAREER: Love joined the state police in 1970 in Somerset County, where he quickly earned a reputation as a “hard-working and compassionate” trooper. Love worked his way up the ranks to detective corporal, sergeant, patrol supervisor, supervisor of the state police’s Criminal Investigation Division, captain and then major, in charge of eight field crews and three CID units. His career took him to Aroostook and Washington counties and later to Augusta.Love also played a key role in developing the state police’s crime lab and worked to improve the lives of abused women and children in a variety of statewide, regional and national capacities.
Legendary Trooper Award-Bangor Daily News
hollis-dixon-2009-215x3002009 Captain Hollis Dixon
Dates of Service: 1958-1983 (25 years)

CAREER: 1954 Attended School of Fine & Applied Arts in Portland under scholarship for 3 years. Joined the Maine State Police in 1958. After completing the Academy, his first assignment was Troop A barracks in Kittery. In 1970, suffered severe injury and sustained broken bones to wrist, knee and ribs when a tractor-trailer hit his cruiser in the fog during a MV stop. After retiring from the MSP, Dixon served from 1983 to 1999 as Chief of Police Scarborough, ME.Legendary Trooper recalls Life in the Trenches article
larry-gross-2008-214x300LarryGross_Memoriam-final2008 Lt. Larry Gross
B: 1946-D. 2006 (age 59)
Dates of Service: 1968-1992  (24 years)

CAREER: Larry graduated from Ellsworth High School in 1965 and then from the Maine State Police Academy in 1968. He was a member of the Maine State Police for 24 years. He retired in 1992 as Lieutenant in charge of the Internal Affairs Division after spending the earlier part of his career in the Criminal Investigation Division. Most recently he served as the Executive Director of both the Maine State Troopers Association (MSTA) and Maine Association of Police (MAP) and as a consultant for the Maine State Law Enforcement Association (MSLEA).
Maine Association of Police Memoriam
reynold-lamontagne-2007-214x3002007 Captain Reynold Lamontagne
Also named Trooper of the Year 1968
Dates of Service: 1960-1990 (30 years)CAREER: 1960-Joined MSP as member of 20th Training Troop and assigned to Troop A, where he served for 11 years. 1971 promoted to Sergeant in the Traffic Division and later to Troop C in Skowhegan.1975 promoted to Lieutenant in the Criminal Division (CID 3 & CID 1)1979 promoted to Captain of the entire Criminal Division and served there until his retirement in early 1990. Investigated several homicides, helped coordinate the Moody Mountain Manhunt in 1981 and the lockdown of the Maine State Prison in 1980.Legendary Trooper Award article-As Maine Goes
2006 Sgt. Hharry-wellington-bailey-obit-photo-214x300harry-bailey-2006-good-215x300arry Bailey
B. 1941-D. 2014, age 73
Dates of Service: 1966-1986 (20 years)CAREER: 1959 US Air Force. 1966-MSP, Troop D, Thomaston. Harry was the supervisor of a multi-jurisdictional DEA task force that investigated criminal organizations involved in smuggling multi-ton marijuana shipments along Maine’s coast. Harry later served six years as a Maine State Representative.

ralph-pinkham-lt-promo-210x300lt-ralph-pinkham-2005-214x3002005 Lt. Ralph Pinkham
DATES OF SERVICE: 1964-1988 (24 years)CAREER: Pinkham earned Associates of Science Degree in Criminal Justice from the University of Maine and Associates of Science in Business Administration from Husson College. He is also a graduate of Northwestern University Police Supervision School and career training at Universities of Delaware and Louisville. Joined MSP in 1964 and initally patrolled Portland area of turnpike (Troop G). In 1966 he transferred to Troop E (Orono). He was promoted to corporal in 1973, in 1974 assigned as a detective with criminal division and promoted to sergeant in 1976. In 1986, he was promoted to Lieutenant and named commanding officer of the MSP Northern Criminal Division.
Pinkham promotion article-Bangor Daily news archive
People Magazine article-The Murder of Amelia Caves
Capt. William Hancock 20042004 Captain William Hancock, Jr.
B. 1921-2008 (age 86)
Dates of Service: 1948-1970 (22 years)CAREER: A tail gunner on a B-26 bomber with the Army Air Corps, Hancock was shot down over Italy in 1943, was captured and then escaped from prison camps three times. Caring for a wounded comrade, he finally found refuge with the Italian Resistance. He joined the Maine State Police in 1948 and was promoted through the ranks to Captain. After retiring from the Maine State Police, Hancock later served as Chief of the Ogunquit, ME. police department. He also owned and operated the Ogunquit Lobster Pound with his wife, from 1967 to 1984. His father, William Hancock Sr. also served with the Maine State Police.
William Hancock Legendary Trooper
William Hancock obituary

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Fred Ladd July 1951-Last day of State Police Motorcycle Patrol

trooper-fred-ladd-2004-214x3002003 Trooper Fred Ladd
B. 1923-D. 2009, age 86
Dates of Service: 1948-1969 (21 years)
The Last State Trooper Motorcycle Patrolman

CAREER: 1943 Army Air Corp.
1948-1969 Maine State Police-Fred Ladd was one of the original detectives when the Maine State Police Bureau of Criminal Investigation was foformed in 1955.

Bangor Daily News-Legendary Trooper

Fred Ladd Obituary-Portland Press Herald

trooper-guy-savage-19472002 Capguy-savage-obit-pictain Guy Savage
B. 1917-D. 2014, age 96
MSP Dates of Service:1947-1968 (21 years)CAREER: 1945 graduated from the United States Merchant Marine Academy in New London, CT and was commissioned an Ensign US Navy Reserves. 1947 Maine State Police Troop B,Scarborough. 1950 Troop E, Western Penobscot. 1953 promoted to Sergeant, to Troop A in Wells. 1959 cited for bravery for saving the life of a wounded trooper in Limerick, ME. 1960 promoted to Lieutenant, assigned command of Troop B in West Scarborough. 1966, promoted to Captain,assigned as Director of the MSP Finance and Property Division. Guy Savage Obituary-Dignity Memorial
tr-nickerson-1953-214x300capt-nickerson-214x3002002 Captain Millard Nickerson (posthumous)
B. 1925-D.1995 age 70
Dates of Service: 1953-1973 (20 years)CAREER: WWII, US Navy Air Service, Pacific Patrol Bombing Squadron, 22nd Fleet, member of Brunswick ME Police Dept. Joined MSP in 1953. In 1955, one of the original 6 state troopers to become plainclothes detectives, later known as Bureau of Criminal Investigation, graduated from FBI National Academy and Federal Bureau of Narcotics Division, member of NESPAC. At retirement, Nickerson was Director of BCI.  Arrested Ferdinand Waldo Demara,Jr.,  the Great Imposter in 1957.
Millard Nickerson obituary-Bangor Daily News archive
Nickeron arrests The Great Imposter
col-allan-weeks-2001-214x3002001 Colonel Allan Weeks
B. 1922-D. 2008  (Age 86)
Dates of Service: 1950-1987 (37 years)CAREER: U.S. Navy Veteran, WWII, he served most of his state police career in Troop D in Thomaston, as a trooper, sergeant and lieutenant. Weeks served as deputy chief under Col. Donald Nichols from 1974 to 1976. From 1976 to 1979, he served in the dual role as commissioner of public safety. He served as colonel for 11 years, being appointed in 1976 by Gov. James Longley and continuing in that position during the administration of Gov. Joseph Brennan. Among the many improvements he established during his years as colonel was the state police tactical team, canine program, hostage negotiator team, the internal affairs unit and the crime laboratory
Allan Weeks obituary-Bangor Daily News        WLBZ coverage of Weeks’ death
Each Day An Adventure-BDN article on Weeks’ retirement
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Foster King 1932 Harley Davidson

Foster King 1932 Harley Davidson

2001 Lt. Foster King (posthumous)
Dates of Service: 1925-1948 (23 years)
B 1903-D. 1990 (age 86)

Last Surviving Member of the First Maine State Troopers

Legendary Trooper was the late Lt. Foster King, formerly of Rangeley, who served the state police from 1925 to 1948. King died in 1990 at the age of 86 and was the last surviving member of the first troopers hired in 1925 when the state police was organized.
The Lighter Side of Policing, 1985-Lewiston Sun Journal archive

Foster King heads Scarboro State Police unit-Lewiston Sun Journal article, 1942

det-george-massie-2000-214x3002000 Detective George Massie
B. 1927-D. 2014, age 87
Dates of Service: 1955-1977 (22 years)CAREER: Former US Marine, Korea and WWII, Purple Heart, 3 battle stars
1955-1966 Maine Trooper in Kittery, Freeport & Camden
1967-1977 Maine State Police Detective, Homicide Division
1980-84 Sheriff of Knox CountyGeorge Massie Tribute-WABI TV
George Massie obituary-Penobscot Bay Pilot
otis-labree-213x300otis-labree-on-1939-harley-davidson-rt-244x3001999 Detective Otis Labree
B. 1915-D. 2003, Age 88
Dates of Service: 1942-1962 (20 years)CAREER:Bilingual, French & English. A colorful and sometimes controversial character with red hair, he was a foot patrol officer in Old Town, ME, before he joined the MSP in 1942, where he patrolled Northern Aroostook County on a motorcycle. He became the first Detective in the Maine State Police, at one time arrested a priest in the St. Johns Valley and solved 40 murders, the most famous being the murders of Cyrus Everett and Donna Mauch. Labree was a renowned Handwriting, Finger Print, Firearms and Ballistic expert. Labree was interviewed by Charles Kuralt for the On the Road TV series and a People Magazine article was written about the Everett-Mauch murders. After retiring from the Maine State Police, he became the Chief of Police in Old Town, ME, and later the Sheriff of Penobscot County,where he created many changes in jail procedure.
Otis Labree Long Time State Police Legend-Bangor Daily News Otis Labree Obituary-Find A Grave
People magazine article-Everett-Mauch murder
david-giroux-and-patrol-car-215x300giroux-214x3001998 Detective David Giroux
B. 1944-D. 2011 age 67
MSP Dates of Service: 1966- 1994 (28 years)CAREER: Sixth degree black belt in both Judo and Jujitsu , Eighth degree black belt in American Taiho Jitsu International. Joined MSP 1966, first patrol was in the Norridgewock area of Troop C, later transferred to Troop E in the Blue Hill area until retirement. From 1976 to 1982, he served as trainer, instructor, self-defense teacher and mentor to every police officer, warden, deputy sheriff and trooper in the state of Maine while assigned to Maine Criminal Justice Academy and Maine State Police Academy, Waterville. In 1980, joined State Police Tactical Team,responding statewide to deal with the most dangerous criminal offenders. By 1982, he had  been promoted to corporal and later promoted again to detective. Giroux was selected to be part of a hand-picked group of investigators assigned to various district attorneys’ offices and was charged with investigating child abuse allegations.
Legendary Trooper Award-Bangor Daily News
David Giroux obituary-Bangor Daily News          David Giroux obituary-Ellsworth American
g-paul-falconer1997 Captain G. Paul Falconer
Dates of Service: 1957-1981  (24 years)CAREER: Falconer established several special response teams within the Maine State Police, including the Tactical Team, the Dive Team and Hostage Negotiators.

Legendary Trooper Award-Bangor Daily News archive
Brave Few article about Maine State Police
NOTE: There were no Legendary Trooper Awards from 1994 to 1996.
willard-parker-214x3001993 Detective Willard Parker
B. 1932 D. 1993 (Age 61)

Also earned Trooper of the Year Award in 1977
Dates of Service: 1957-1977  (20 years)
CAREER: Served with U.S. Army Military Police, and attended University of Maine, Colby College, Dale Carnegie Institute and the Frances G. Lee Homicide Investigation School. Parker was also an instructor at the Maine Criminal Justice Academy. On May 15, 1959, Trooper Parker was wounded in the abdomen by gunshot in Limerick, ME. during a 5-hour gun battle standoff with Gordon Hamlin,who killed his wife and the Westbrook Chief of Police Peter Harnois, and wounded another Maine trooper, Steve Regina. Hamlin later shot himself, and the incident made national headlines. Over 100 police officers were involved in the standoff. Parker later served as security officer for Governor Longley.Trooper of the Year Award-Bangor Daily News archive
Man Slays Wife, Police Chief, Wounds Two State Troopers-article from the Toledo Blade
Times Daily report of the gunbattle and standoff
Gerald_Perry_Margeson_mediumIMG_37781992  Sgt. Gerald (Perry) Margeson
B. 1924 D. 1988 (age 64)
Dates of Service: 1955-1975 (20 years)

CAREER: Gerald Margeson served the Maine State Police as a patrol officer assigned to the Maine Turnpike. During his time as a Trooper, and later after his promotion to Sergeant, he investigated several serious accidents and fatalities on the Maine Turnpike. During the 1950s, his accident investigation and reporting skills led to advancements in accident reporting and invetigation techniques.

Margeson investigates moose accident-Lewiston Evening Journal
Driver and son in turnpike furniture crash-Lewiston Evening Journal
Men arrested on drunk driving charges-Lewiston Daily Sun
Three Girls Hurt in Car Rollover on Pike-Lewiston Daily Sun
Two are killed on Maine Turnpike-Lewiston Daily Sun

george-graves-1graves-214x3001991 Trooper George (Bud) Graves
Also Awarded Trooper of the Year 1967
B.1925-D.2013 (age 88)
Dates of Service: 1951-1971 (20 years)CAREER: He joined the Maine State Police in 1951 and patrolled the Van Buren area for a short time before transferring to Presque Isle, serving Aroostook County until 1971, when he retired. After a short service with the Public Utilities Commission working on commercial truck enforcement, he became Security Chief for Potato Service, American Kitchen Foods, Sal-Mor Farms and J R Simplot where he served another 14 years. Two of his sons, Ronald and Ralph, also joined the State Police and served distinguished careers.
George “Bud” Graves obituary-Bangor Daily News
George Bud Graves Legendary Trooper-Bangor Daily News archives
camille-carriercamille-carrier-retire-215x3001990 Detective Camille Carrier
B. 1920 – D. 1999 (age 79)
Dates of Service 1945-1967 (22 years)CAREER: Carrier began his career as a motorcycle patrolman in Madawaska, ME. In 1954, he was promoted to Troop Detective and transferred to Troop D, then in Auburn, ME. Carrier earned the name “Bulldog” for his tenacity in solving crimes, including the $65K robbery of Wilton Depositor Trust Bank. In 1959, Carrier was awarded a Citation for Bravery from the National Police Officer Organization, after he rescued wounded State police detective Steve Regina after a shootout.
Legendary Trooper Award Bangor Daily News archive
lindsay-maynard-j-214x3001989 Lt. Maynard Lindsey
B. 1910-D. 1996 (Age 86)
DATES OF SERVICE: 1936-1957 (21 years)CAREER:Jan 23, 1948 Trooper Lindsey was wounded in a domestic dispute in Columbia, Maine.Maynard Lindsey receives Legendary Trooper AwardSquabble leads to three deaths, trooper wounded in Eastern Maine-Lewiston Sun Journal archives
Charlie and Eddie Marks 1927 HD Motorcycle

Twin Brothers & State Troopers Charles & Eddie Marks riding 1927 Harley Davidson motorcycles.

1988 Majimage012-234x300or J. Edward Marks
B. 1904 – D. 1981 (Age 77)
DATES OF SERVICE:1925-1975 (50 years)

Mystery Stories from the Maine State Police
Christian Science Monitor Article

Major J. Edward Marks retires from the State Police after a 50-year career. Marks is considered the “Dean of the Nations State Troopers.” He was one of the original officers hired in 1925. A colorful trooper, during his motorcyle patrol days, he was known to carry a Maine black bear named Minnie in a sidecar on  his motorcycle.

herman-boudreau-215x3001987 Sgt. Herman Boudreau
(also first recipient of Trooper of the Year Award in 1964)
B. 1920- D. 2013, age 93MSP Dates of Service:1946 -1967 (21 years)CAREER: 1941 US Army 103 Infantry, 43rd Division, 2nd Battalion.Awarded the Bronze Star, the Purple Heart and a Silver Star. Command Sgt. Major Maine Army National Guard. 1946 Maine State Police Highway Safety Program, instructor at the Maine Criminal Justice Academy, teaching riot control and self-defense. Later became Chief of Police in Freeport ME.
Herman Boudreau obituary-Falmouth Forecaster
Herman Boudreau obituary-Portland Press Herald
don-nichols-246x300nichols-214x3001986 Colonel Donald Nichols
Honored as Troop A Officer of the Year 1965
B. 1931-D. 1986  (age 55)
Dates of Service: 1955-1976 (21 years)
CAREER: A Marine Corp veteran serving in Korea, he attended McIntosh College, NH and University of Maine. Joined MSP in 1955,assigned to Kittery Truck Scales.1956, China Patrol, Troop D, 1957 Troop A Kittery. 1966 transferred to Executive Security, promoted to Sgt. 1967, became advisor/aide to Gov. Ken Curtis. 1971 promoted to Lieutenant, 1972 appointed Deputy Chief of Maine State Police, and from 1974-76 served as Chief of Maine State Police. 1975 appointed as commissioner of Maine Dept. of Public Safety.
Colonel Donald Nichols Obituary-Bangor Daily News archive
lawrence-gauthier-1985-crop-230x3001985 Trooper Lawrence Gauthier
B.1913- D. 2003, age 90
MSP Dates of Service: 1942-1974 (32 years)CAREER: Bilingual, French & English. Amateur boxer, won 5 classes of Golden Gloves tournaments. 1920-30 Ft. McKinley military training. 43Rd Division, Company B Platoon Sgt. for 9 years. Joined Maine State Police July 1942, paid $20 a week for 7 days work. 1945-51 Troop A Berwick, 1951-58 Troop B Yarmouth, 1958-1974 served the Jackman area, with 110 mile patrol area, he eventually logged over 3 million cruiser miles.
Trooper Leaves Colorful Legacy BDN article
Legendary Trooper Awards Ceremony Article
Trooper Gauthier Retirement Ceremony
Lawrence Gauthier obituary