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City Mourns Passing Of Former Calais Police Chief Michael Milburn - Jan. 28, 2013

CALAIS, Maine -- Former Calais Police Chief Michael W. Milburn died early Monday morning, according to a statement from the Calais police department. He was 61.
   
ABOVE: A younger Mike Milburn- Photo courtesy Calais Police Department

Chief Milburn started his law enforcement career in Baileyville where he spent one year before being hired by the City of Calais.  He spent a total of 36 years in law enforcement, many of those as Chief of Police for Calais, before retiring in 2008 due to failing health.

Calais Police Department photo

In his job as police chief, Mike Milburn was a stand up guy. He wore more than the uniform for the city of Calais.

There was that defining moment for Mike Milburn back in 1995.

There was a DARE dance at the Calais High School  -- it was right around Easter. And then came the suggestion made on WQDY that Chief Milburn should show up in  bunny suit.

Somebody went to Bangor and got a full-size pink bunny suit complete with a little tail for the chief.

Milburn went to the DARE dance that night at the high school -- in a pink bunny suit -- he stayed in the suit the whole night..Unfortunately, we don't have a picture of that -- but the Calais Police Department has the one on the left and I have the one on the right ...

   


There must have been a good response to the bunny suit because every time from then on when the Calais police were involved in raising little bit of money for the DARE program or an eighth grade class trip, Mike Milburn would don some kind of outfit -- dressing up as a hula girl, or being wrapped up in cellophane or wearing a lavender-colored number and serving food at the Calais Motor Inn for a Tip-a-Cop event.

  LEFT: Two young chiefs -- Calais Police Chief David Randall and Baileyville Police Chief Shawn Donahue (just named Chief Deputy for the Washington County Sheriff's Office) -- and Chief Santa's Helper, of course.

LEFT: Off-duty "picketers" from left to right-Mike Milburn, Mark Silk, then dispatchers Gary Thornton and Kevin Cody picket as a joke outside the WQDY studios during one of our daffy football shows (Armchair Warriors) in 1996-Calais Police Department Photo

Mike was an enthusiastic hunter, fisherman and softball player. He cherished time at his camp at Tomah.

He was a former member of the Calais Rotary Club, Calais Lion's Club, Maine Chiefs of Police Association, The Blue Knights and served for two years on the Calais City Council.


ABOVE: City Councilors Mike Milburn, Joe Cassidy and Chris Bernardini at a city council meeting-WQDY NEWS FILE PHOTO

Visitation will be held Thursday, January 31 from 5-6 pm at Washington County Community College in Calais. A celebration of Chief Milburn's life will follow the visitation in the gymnasium of the college, at 6:00 pm.

  THANKS TO CALAIS POLICE CHIEF DAVID RANDALL FOR USE OF THE PHOTOS-


Tom McLaughlin WQDY-WALZ news@wqdy.fm