State Police Annual Awards Ceremony 

Monday, Maine State Police honored those who have gone above and beyond the call of duty or just simply did the right thing under trying circumstances. Several civilians, including Amanda Fitz, were recognized and thanked at a ceremony held at the department of public safety in Augusta. Fitz received an award for helping to find a man police say shot his father. Fitz, who was waitressing at a Newport restaurant, recognized Perley Goodrich, Jr. when he walked in and called police. Several troopers were also honored. Michael Johnston was presented the trooper of the year award. He was one of a dozen nominated. Johnston has been with the state police for eight years and patrols in the greater Bangor area. Retired trooper Charles Love also received a top honor. Love was awarded the legendary trooper award. Love served with the Maine State Police for 32 years before retiring in 2002.