Lincolnville trooper given police award

Posted May 18, 2009, at 8:53 p.m.

AUGUSTA, Maine — A Maine State Police detective who arrested a hostage-taker at an elementary school will be honored as Trooper of the Year at the annual state police awards ceremony on Wednesday.

Jason Andrews of Lincolnville will be the 44th recipient of the award.

Besides being named Trooper of the Year, Andrews will receive a state police Meritorious Service Award for his role in responding to a gunman who was holding a class hostage inside the Stockton Springs Elementary School last October.

Andrews is credited with talking with the hostage-taker before tackling and arresting him when he walked out of the classroom.

The Trooper of the Year award was established in 1964 to honor Trooper Charles Black, who was shot to death that year during a bank robbery in South Berwick.

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