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Maine Department of Public Safety
August 26, 2014
THREE LIEUTENANTS RETIRING
Kevin Donovan, Wesley Hussey and
Christopher Coleman will retire by the end of September.
The trio has 91 years of combined service.
Lt. Hussey, who now lives in Gorham, retires this week ending his 36 year career with State Police. For the past 18 years, he has been the lieutenant for Troop E (Bangor) and earlier in Troop J (Ellsworth). Joining the department in 1978, Wes patrolled in Troop C in Skowhegan and was promoted to sergeant in Troop J in the early 1990s. His retirement comes only a week after he oversaw the move of the former Orono barracks to Bangor, which cumulated with last week’s dedication of the new facility.
Lt. Donovan of Kennebunk has been the lieutenant for Troop G (Maine Turnpike) for the past four years and retires at the end of September with 30 years of service. Kevin patrolled in York County as a member of Troop A when he joined the State Police in 1984 and has patrolled on the turnpike and in commercial vehicle enforcement the majority of his career.
Lt. Coleman of Surry also retires at the end of September to become the new police chief of Ellsworth. Coleman has served the majority of his career with the former criminal division, now called Major Crimes Unit and has been the northern commander for the division since 2011. He had also served five years as the Troop J lieutenant.
Coleman joined the State Police in 1989.
Colonel Williams expects to name replacements for the three lieutenants in the next couple of months.
With four months left in the year, there have been nine homicides in Maine, 12 fire deaths and 76 highway fatalities. The homicide and highway death numbers are down from last year, while it appears this will be an average year for fire deaths. The Bureau of Highway Safety says there were 91 highway deaths at this time last year. 2013 ended up being the second safest year on Maine roads since 1959. Also there have been 11 pharmacy robberies and 18 meth labs broken up this year. The pharmacy numbers are on average with last year, but this is expected to be a record year for meth labs surpassing last year’s total of 20.
THE BANGOR BARRACKS
After 63 years at the barracks in Orono, State Police have dedicated their new facility on Maine Ave. in Bangor. The former FAA building along the edge of the Bangor airport had been vacant for over a decade and is now the home for Troop E, Major Crimes and Public Safety’s regional communications center. Owned by the City of Bangor, the new barracks and a nearby garage have doubled the space for the department with the city picking up the tab for the renovations in exchange for a 20 year lease. The old Orono site, which opened in 1950, will likely be sold after the radio tower at the location is no longer in use.
The new communications center is a huge improvement for working conditions of the dispatchers who staff the center around the clock. As an added benefit, the RCC looks out on the runways of the Bangor International Airport. The new phone number for State Police in Bangor is 973-3700.
The State Police commanding officers met in the building’s new conference room
prior to last week’s dedication.
MAINE’S SEVEN NEWEST GAME WARDENS
The new wardens recently completed 12 weeks of specialized training. From left to right- Chad Robertson (Skowhegan), Kyle Hladik (Chamberlain), Joshua Beal (Houlton), Cody Lounder (Biddeford), Joseph Bailey (Passadumkeag), Joshua Polland (Jackman) and Pilot Jeffrey Beach, who will fly in southern Maine. Beach is a former state trooper. (photo by the Warden Service’s Mark Latti)
A couple of photos from 37 years ago ---
Colonel Allan Weeks, who also served as Public Safety Commissioner, shakes Trooper Dale Pelletier’s hand during a fire marshal office inspection in 1977. Trooper John Dunn (in the white leisure suit) awaits his turn. Both troopers were assigned at the time to assist in fire investigations. Pelletier retired in 1985 and Dunn left the department for other job opportunities. Behind Col. Weeks was Fire Marshal Don Bisset.
The homicide detectives in southern Maine in 1977. Lt. Reynold LaMontagne stands at the front during an inspection of his team. Leisure suits were very much in fashion for about five years in the late ‘70s. From L to R – front row – Les Bridges, Reginald Cram, Peter Herring & Larry Gross. In back, Hubert Carter, Roger Letarte, Dick Cote and Jim Pinette. Both LaMontagne and Gross would later be named legendary troopers.