Officers honored again for bravery

Posted Jan. 23, 2009, at 11:17 p.m.
Last modified Feb. 13, 2011, at 11:03 a.m.

GREENVILLE, Maine — The accolades keep coming for Police Chief Scott MacMaster and Warden Sgt. William “Bill” Chandler of the Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife.

The pair, who defused a tense standoff in August when a local man entered Indian Hill Trading Post and Supermarket in Greenville armed with a loaded 12-gauge shotgun, learned earlier this month they had been selected for a heroism award from the Maine Association of Police. That award will be presented tonight at the annual meeting of the Maine Association of Police in Portland.

This week, it was announced that both men also will receive the Maine Chiefs of Police Association’s bravery award for the same incident. Town Manager John Simko, who made the nomination, announced their selection to selectmen Wednesday. Simko also had nominated the officers for the Outstanding Contribution to Law Enforcement Award.

“I was surprised; they blindsided me at the meeting,” MacMaster said. “I was pretty much speechless.”

Chandler, who did not attend the selectmen’s meeting, said he felt honored for the recognition. He said Friday the recognition stands as a testament to how well the different branches of law enforcement work together in a remote area.

Both men will receive the award at the police association’s annual banquet Feb. 6 in South Portland, according to Robert M. Schwartz, executive director.

Schwartz said Friday that 15 other awards will be presented during the banquet.