GUILFORD – Law enforcement is there to protect the communities they serve, and one officer is being recognized for service that is outstanding.
The Valley Grange is honoring a Piscataquis County sheriff’s deputy.
Lt. James Kane is the organization’s Northeast Regional Law Enforcement Officer of the Year.
After winning this award, Kane is automatically qualified for the National Grange’s National Law Enforcement Officer of the Year.
In addition to being a lieutenant, Kane is also a school resource officer and a D.A.R.E. officer.
Kane said he doesn’t do all of this for the personal accolades or awards but instead, it’s all to help the kids and teach them valuable life lessons they can use and learn from in the future.
“It’s a great honor but it’s not what we do the job for but it’s a great honor to be recognized for doing the work that we do. A lot of officers do a lot of great work. I work with a lot of great officers and they also do great work, but it was nice to be recognized,” Kane said.
His students said they are happy he is being recognized and working with kids is very important to the leuitenant.
“It’s a priority for our agency, for our departments, for our communities to work with the children. The officers that I work with are great they cover when I’m here at the school. We have a lot of interactions and we try to do anything we can to help our schools because these children are our future. Anything we can do to help them is nothing but positive,” Kane said.
Valley Grange is the local chapter of National Grange of the Order of Patrons of Husbandry, which is an organization with an agricultural heritage and a focus on community service and education.