Sergeant Burgess Receives Humanitarian Award


On Friday evening, February 9th, the Maine Chiefs of Police Association honored a number of police officers, civilians and other public safety workers at its annual awards banquet, including our very own Sergeant Tom Burgess. Sgt. Burgess received a Humanitarian Award for his actions last fall, which may have saved the life of an 80-year-old Cumberland man.  When Sgt. Burgess went to check on the man's welfare, he discovered that the military veteran's living conditions were awful - there was no edible food and the home hadn't been cleaned in a very long time.  Sgt. Burgess cleaned the man's house top to bottom, cooked him a meal, and worked diligently in the following days and weeks to check on his new friend and connect him with services such as Aging in Place, Meals on Wheels, the Southern Maine Agency on Aging and the VA Hospital.  Sarge's actions were above and beyond the call of duty and everyone agrees, if it weren't for his initiative, the veteran he assisted (who is now living with his family out west) may not have survived.  Congratulations, Sergeant Burgess!