State of Maine
Department of Public Safety
MAINE STATE POLICE
45 Commerce Drive – Suite 1
Augusta, Maine 04333
Twelve Maine roadways from Aroostook to York County will soon be dedicated to Maine State Troopers who have died in the line of duty.
“Our hope is the dedication of these road segments and the memorial markers will serve as reminders to honor our fallen heroes who gave everything they had in service to others.” said Maine State Police Colonel John Cote. “These markers are part of the commitment to our fallen and their surviving families that as an agency and a state, we will never forget their sacrifice.”
Back in June Governor Janet Mills signed into a law a bill that would dedicate one mile of Maine’s secondary roadways to each trooper who dies or has died in the line of duty. “With the signing of this bill into law, we’re paying our respects to the 12 Maine State Troopers we’ve lost in the 100 years of the force’s existence, and to any troopers we may sadly lose in the future,” said Senator Bill Diamond, the bill’s sponsor. “Recognizing these fallen heroes on the roads they patrolled and in the communities they served is such a meaningful statement.
On Wednesday, September 15, 2021, two of the 12 families will unveil their fallen Trooper’s sign.
At 10:00 a.m. family members of Trooper James Drew Griffith will unveil his sign in Thomaston. Trooper Griffith was killed on April 15, 1996, when a vehicle struck his cruiser as Griffin was attempting to make a U-turn to pursue a speeding car in Warren. The memorial signs will be placed on Route 1 beginning at the intersection with Dexter St. and extending south one mile.
At 3:00 p.m. on Wednesday, September 15, 2021, the family of Trooper Charles Black will unveil his sign in York. Trooper Black was shot to death on July 9, 1964 outside the Maine National Bank in South Berwick during an armed robbery. The memorial signs will be placed on Route one beginning at the intersection of Animal Park Rd and extending north on Route 1 one mile.
Members of the media are invited to the above dedications.
Maine State Police Fallen Trooper Sign Locations and Routes
Detective Ben Campbell, (4/3/2019)
Hampden, Route 202 Beginning at the Bangor-Hampden town line and extending south one mile
Detective Glenn Strange, (10/17/1997)
Houlton, Route 1 Beginning at the Littleton-Houlton town line and extending south one mile
Trooper James Drew Griffith, (4/15/1996)
Thomaston, Route 1 Beginning at the intersection with Dexter St and extending south one mile
Trooper Jeff Parola, (11/13/1994)
Sidney, Route 104 Begin 0.5 miles north of Lyons Road and extending south one mile
Lt. Rene Goupil, (1/23/1990)
Saco, Route 1 Beginning at the intersection of Route 98 and extending south one mile
Detective Giles Landry, (3/32/1989)
Leeds, Route 202 Beginning at the Leeds/Greene town line extending north one mile
Trooper Michael Veilleux, (6/17/1986)
Dayton, Route 35 Beginning at the Lyman/Dayton town line and extending north one mile
Trooper Tom Merry, (7/12/1980)
Palmyra Route 2 Beginning at the Newport/Palmyra town line and extending west one mile
Trooper Charles Black, (7/9/1964)
York Route 1 Beginning at the intersection with Animal Park Rd and extending north on Route 1 one mile
Trooper Frank Wing, (7/19/1928)
Millinocket, Route 11 Beginning at the intersection of the Golden Rd and extending south one mile
Patrolman Fred Foster, (8/30/1925)
Belfast, Route 3 Beginning at Schoodic Drive and extending west one mile
Patrolman Emery Gooch, (8/9/24)
Mattawamkeag, Route 2 Beginning at the intersection of Route 157 and extending north for one mile