Mark Murry Promoted to Sergeant of Marine Patrol Section Five

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Mark Murry (2nd from right) is pictured with Major Rob Beal (left), Colonel Jay Carroll (2nd from left), and Lieutenant Troy Dow (right) after his recent promotion to Sergeant of Section Five

Hancock - Mark Murry, who has served as a Marine Patrol Officer for 20 years, the last 17 of which as a Specialist, has been promoted to Sergeant of Section Five, which runs from Hancock to Jonesboro. In addition to two decades with the Marine Patrol, Murry brings to the position 24-years of experience with the US Coast Guard.

As a Marine Patrol Specialist, Murry has operated large patrol vessels in the down east region. His responsibilities have included operation and maintenance of vessels, and transporting Marine Patrol Officers during patrol, enforcement, and search and rescue operations.

He has participated in numerous significant cases involving everything from ground fish to lobsters in both state and federal waters. Murry has also provided a platform for many joint operations with Coast Guard, the Marine Patrol/State Police Dive Team, and the Maine Warden Service.

"During his time in the Marine Patrol, Sergeant Murry has developed a strong working knowledge of the unique and often dangerous maritime environment downeast," said Lieutenant Troy Dow who oversees Marine Patrol personnel in Division II, which includes Murry's Section.

He has also developed an excellent rapport with and the trust of the local fishing and coastal communities, which is a critical quality for a Marine Patrol Officer.

During his tenure in the Marine Patrol he has trained and mentored new officers, served as a member of the board that qualifies Specialists, participated as a member of the whale disentanglement team and in numerous search and rescue operations.

As an Officer in the Coast Guard, Murry was responsible for administration of search and rescue logistics including budget, personnel, operational readiness, and vessel maintenance. He was also responsible for training, qualification, and evaluation of Coast Guard enlisted personnel, reservists and members of the Auxiliary.

During his career, Sergeant Murry has received several awards including the Marine Patrol Lifesaving Award, the Commissioners Letter of Appreciation, the Washington County Officer of the Year Award and numerous awards and medals from the US Coast Guard.

Sergeant Murry replaces Sergeant Colin MacDonald who transferred into the Sergeants position in Section Four after the promotion of Lieutenant Dow.

Sergeant Murry has developed strong professional skills during his time as an Officer in the US Coast Guard and in the Marine Patrol, said Lieutenant Troy. His decades of operational and administrative experience in addition to his unique understanding of the downeast coast and its communities will be a major asset in this new leadership position.