Lindahl held a number of different positions in his law enforcement career, including field training instructor, certified instructor for the Maine Criminal Justice Academy, crisis interdiction team member, drug recognition expert and supervisor, the department said.
“It wasn’t Matt’s training that made him so special; he was a genuinely good man, so proud of his family and completely dedicated to them. He was also the greatest practical joker in the Department, while still being a consummate professional, and his actions on duty saved lives,” the department said.
During his time with the Rockland Police Department, Lindahl was twice decorated for his efforts to save lives.
Lindahl arrived in time to make contact with the man, who climbed up a tree and started tying a rope around his neck, Bruce Boucher, who was then the department’s chief, said at the time. Lindahl tried to talk to the man, who said he was ready to end it all. Redmun, who became a deputy with the Knox County Sheriff’s Office in August 2015, then arrived and also attempted to talk with the man.
Before the officers could talk him down, the man jumped from the tree in an attempt to hang himself.