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‘I did not know him, but I know many like him’: Maine first responders pay respects to detective killed on highway

A Maine state detective was killed in the line of duty Wednesday morning after he was struck by a tire on Interstate 95 in Hampden.

Gov. Janet Mills ordered the U.S. and Maine flags flown at half-staff in honor of Detective Ben Campbell, who died in a crash involving a tire that separated from a logging truck. It was the first-line-of-duty death for the Maine State Police since October 1997.

In the wake of Campbell’s death, law enforcement and other first responders from across the state offered their condolences over social media to the state police after they lost one of their own.

“I did not know him, but I know many like him. Today, our great state lost Maine State Trooper Ben Campbell while he selflessly served others in line-of-duty. The tragic circumstances are not for me to share. There will be many places to gather the sad information. I only want to show our respect,” Lieutenant Timothy A. Cotton of the Bangor Police Department wrote on the department’s Facebook page.

“Running a lighthearted FB page for a vast audience comes with pitfalls and conundrums. My conundrum today is only to determine how to show respect to a lost lawman, his hurting family, and a professional and strong serving State law enforcement agency. I have determined that the most respectful thing for our agency to do is for me to curtail posting for a couple of days. I have no words which heal, and no stories that can numb the ache that our brothers and sisters are saddled with on this day and the days which will follow. Thank you for understanding. I did not know him, but I know many like him.”

I did not know him, but I know many like him.Today, our great state lost Maine State Trooper Ben Campbell while he…

Posted by Bangor Maine Police Department on Wednesday, April 3, 2019

“Our thoughts and prayers are with the Maine State Police today, after the tragic loss of one [of] their own. As we in law enforcement, the fire service and all first responders always know, even in a place like Maine, we never know when a current shift could be our last,” the Holden Police Department said.

“Our thoughts are with the family and the @MEStatePolice this morning,” the Bangor Fire Department said.

“Our thoughts and prayers are with the Maine State Police and the troopers family,” the Scarborough Fire Department said.

“We send our deepest condolences to our brothers and sisters at the Maine State Police who lost one of their Troopers today. It doesn’t matter what Department the patch on our sleeves say, we all feel the loss and mourn with them,” the Scarborough Police Department said.

“Our thoughts and prayers are with the Maine State Police today. A Trooper was struck and killed by a vehicle on I-95 in Hampden this morning,” the Cumberland County Sheriff’s Office said.

“Our thoughts and prayers go out to our brothers and sisters at the @MEStatePolice. Different agency but the same pain is felt by officers statewide. We got it from here, troop,” the Portland Police Department said.

“Devastating news for us all today. Check in with your families and each other. Stay safe,” the Maine Association of Police said.

“Our thoughts are with our colleagues at the Maine State Police this morning. May you all find peace while dealing with this senseless tragedy,” the Aroostook County Sheriff’s Office said.

“As we are dealing with the senseless loss of a fellow [law enforcement officer] today on I-95 from a crash (Maine State Police Trooper, rest in peace sir), we at Augusta Police have also lost a former Chaplain and [officer], Don Williams. After a long illness, he passed away after a long illness. RIP sir,” the Augusta Police Department said.

“Our thoughts and prayers are with the family of the Trooper killed this morning on I 95. No words can share the pain we feel for their loss. Rest easy Detective,” the Ellsworth Police Department said.

Our thoughts and prayers are with the family of the Trooper killed this morning on I 95. No words can share the pain we feel for their loss. Rest easy Detective.

Posted by Ellsworth Police Department on Wednesday, April 3, 2019

 



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