MILO – Residents in Milo and first responders across the state are mourning one of their own. Milo Police Chief and Town Manager Damien Pickel passed away unexpectedly Monday night.
Pickel started at the Milo Police Department back in 2009 and has served as chief since 2011.
Before moving to Maine, he was a member of the New York City Police Department, and served during the 9-11 terrorist attacks.
A number of police departments and first responders from around the state reacted to Pickel’s passing on social media.
The Piscataquis County Sheriff wrote on Facebook, describing Pickel as “a good officer with a big heart, especially for those who were struggling.” In the post, Sheriff Bob Young said “He never lost a desire to truly help people … The folks of Milo have lost more than a police chief and town manager, they lost a friend who worked long hours to keep things safe and running smoothly.”
Another Facebook post from Dover-Foxcroft police said “Long night here in the Piscataquis Law Enforcement family. We will watch over your family and your town. Rest In Peace, Chief Pickel. We have the watch from here.”
A post on the East Millinocket Police Department’s Facebook page said the department “would like to send our deepest condolences to the Milo Police Department and the family and friends of Chief Damien Pickel.”
The Penobscot County Sheriff’s Office Facebook page offered condolences to Pickel’s family, friends, colleagues and community. That post went on to say “We’ve lost a kind man, who truly embraced the importance of public safety and service.”
Chief Pickel was 51 years old.