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BPD Officer helps boy overcome fear after Pennywise scare

Community Author: Bangor Police Department
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Bangor Police Department | Contributed
Bangor Police Department | Contributed

No one becomes a cop under the misconception that it will be all about love and accolades for the smooth flight into retirement.

It’s a job which provides a most interesting blend of highs and lows, along with a few side trips to all new lows.

Every now and then you receive a couple of free passes to the kind of highs which will be needed to sustain you on the really bad days.

This is one of those free passes-

This note came to me from Janey Ross. She writes of her young son meeting Detective Dustin Dow working a detail at the circus.

The note-

“At some point, recently, my son was exposed to the clown “It” by some of the older kids he goes to school with.

He was extremely apprehensive this year going to the circus knowing there would be so many clowns there. In an attempt to help him get over his fear, I suggested he go around to the clowns to have them sign his roster to help remind him how much he enjoyed the clowns in years past.

Well, in the hallway, Colby ran into Detective Dustin Dow who was more than willing to entertain Colby’s request.

He not only signed his book, (humbly, in my opinion as he wrote Officer Dow, Bangor PD – because children don’t understand rank, they only see a real life superhero in uniform) but he also gave Colby a balloon animal. I have known Detective Dow for a while, and it was certainly a talent I didn’t know he possessed! HA!

Other children soon took notice and also came over to have him sign their circus memorabilia. He was patient and took the time with all the children. He also helped Colby overcome his fear of clowns. He may have been there to help keep everyone safe, but to me this was an act of going above and beyond. He’s truly one of the best!”

Janey Ross


So, in more of the backstory, Dustin Dow works for us in the Criminal Investigation Division. I told him about the note and photo I had received and he told me that he really didn’t need me to put it on the page.

He said he enjoyed himself with the kids and repeatedly said it was NBD (No Big Deal).

I told him that Colby might enjoy it and that he really liked the balloon animal that Dow apparently had done up for him.

Dow laughed and said that he definitely did not want to take credit for the balloon animal because he had been given the animal by another individual. We assume by a clown, but I don’t know what kind of people Dow hangs around with.

I just told him that it meant a lot to a bunch of kids and that we appreciate he was there to accept one the free passes to a pretty good day.

Thanks to Colby for taking the clown by the nose and working through his fear of something which scared him.

You are not alone, Colby. Not at all.

Keep your hands to yourself, leave other people’s things alone, and be kind to one another.

We will be here.



BPD Duck of Justice is published occasionally in BDN Maine Weekly. This installment is for May 9.