VASSALBORO — Members of the Maine State Police and citizens were honored during an awards ceremony Wednesday morning at the Maine Criminal Justice Academy.
“It’s a chance to publicly recognize the commitment and sacrifice and the dangers that some of our people face,” said Col. John Cote.
Both past and present members of the Maine State Police as well as Maine citizens who have risen above expectations were recognized during the ceremony.
Cote said one that stands out is Tpr. Connor Wilard who received a Colonel’s Award for helping a driver who was not well emotionally.
“Just stopping to check a vehicle that you think may be having a problem but recognizing the opportunity and investing that time to help a person in distress,” Cote said.
Michelle Holman and Ret. Det. David Preble also received Colonel’s Awards. Other awards that were given out include Ret. Sgt. Lloyd Williams receiving Legendary Trooper, Tpr. Mickael Nunez for Wounds Received, and Tactical Team members who were recognized with the Bravery Award.
The top award, Trooper of the Year, was given to Det. Abbe Chabot.
“Never in my wildest dreams would I have ever thought that I would receive this award,” Chabot said.
Cote said when selecting this award, they look for someone who has demonstrated a career of service that goes above and beyond.
“A sense of duty and commitment to the citizens of the state of Maine was my job and to know that 24 years later this happened makes me feel as though I’ve done communities right,” Chabot said.
Chabot said everyone who received awards absolutely deserved them.
“Often, we overlook the day to day work that again, most of us officers want to be silently, down the road, not acknowledged by anybody, so today is a great way of celebrating all of those things that happen amid a society that is changing and questioning what tomorrow looks like,” Chabot said.