Madawaska police chief proudly displays memorabilia from department’s past
MADAWASKA, Maine — A visit to the Madawaska police station at the safety complex reveals a mix of modern technology and some memorabilia highlighting the community’s previous law officers.
For instance, the United States flag that now hangs in Police Chief Ross Dubois’ office once flew above a previous chief’s apartment.
Fedime Morin served as the town’s police chief from 1949 to 1956 and at one time he lived in an apartment on the top floor of what is today’s Madawaska town office and school superintendent’s office. In the past, that building also housed the police and fire stations and the court.
Dubois said Morin’s apartment was on the same floor as and right next to the old court, which is where today’s school committee meets. Former town employee Gerald Ouellette late last year discovered the flag in the attic above the superintendent’s office, according to Dubois.
Once he learned of the flag’s existence, Dubois asked Ouellette to retrieve it and made arrangements to have it displayed at the police station.
The flag, which has just 48 stars, was the type used from July 1912 to July 1959. Alaska and Hawaii both gained statehood in 1959, with one star added for Alaska that same year and one for Hawaii in 1960.
Dubois’ office also showcases various other memorabilia from the department’s past, such as hats worn by previous chiefs, including that of Ron Pelletier (chief 1984-2001).
A large display on Dubois’ wall highlights each of the previous five police chiefs and some of their firearms. There also are a few old style uniforms displayed in the office, including one from the 1950’s that features the grey military style short jacket popular at the time.
Chief Dubois also proudly displays old car radios, law books and some items from old criminal cases.