Tuesday, 30 April 2019 12:37

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MADISON - Tuesday was the last day Somerset County Chief Deputy James Ross will pin a badge to his shirt. After a career in law enforcement that spanned more than four decades, Ross is retiring.

Forty-two years ago, Gerald Ford was president of the United States. It also was 42 years ago when Ross first entered the law enforcement ranks, starting his career as a game warden and retiring from that service after 21 years.

 

"As a kid, you always had dreams of what you wanted to be. Being a game warden was one. The other was being in regular law enforcement," Ross said.

 

Joining the Skowhegan Police Department made that dream come true for Ross, who later accepted a position with the Somerset County Sheriff's Office.

 

"It's living the dream every day," he said.

 

Four decades wearing a badge have been filled with a multitude of experiences, some to be stored away, others to be shared.

 

For example, as a warden, he came upon a man who had issues with his father.

 

"Searching the house, there was a human skull on his headboard. And, I said, 'So where'd you get the head?' He said, 'That's my father.' And I said, 'Where'd you get your father's head?' He said, 'Oh, I dug his grave up,'" Ross recalled.

 

 

Ross said he doesn't regret a day on the job.

 

"For 42 years, I couldn't wait to roll out of bed to go to work," he said.

 

TJ Tremble

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T.J. Tremble joined WVII ABC 7 and WFVX FOX 22 in March 2016.

He was raised in Bangor, attended Bangor schools and graduated from John Bapst High School. He attended the University of Maine, s...

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