VASSALBORO — Maine’s 14 newest troopers received their badges Friday in ceremonies at the Maine Criminal Justice Academy in Vassalboro.

They completed 10 weeks of specialized Maine State Police training and will patrol with a veteran trooper before patrolling on their own. 

Administrating the oath of office was Col. Robert Williams, chief of the state police, who told the new troopers, “You embark on a journey few have taken and will be called upon to do the unthinkable and see things that no one should. All because you have committed yourself to serve as guardians for the people of Maine. Unlike other professions, there is no on and off duty. You are always a trooper.”

The new troopers either assigned to or originating from Androscoggin, Franklin and Oxford counties are:

Troop B in Cumberland, Oxford and Androscoggin counties: Sander Cowie of Casco; Patrick Flanagan of Pembroke, N.H.; and Tyler Plourde of Woolwich.

Troop C in Somerset and Kennebec counties: Eric Bronson of Madison; Eric Ward of Wilton.

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