Lt. Gerard Madden of Palermo, left, is presented with his retirement badge and certificate by Colonel Patrick Fleming, chief of the Maine State Police.

Madden, who has served as the commanding officer of Troop D in Thomaston for the past five years, retired April 30 after 26 years of service. He joined the State Police in 1984 and has served in Troop D as a trooper, sergeant and lieutenant for the majority of his career. He also served as a detective investigating suspicious deaths and homicides.

Madden was a two-time recipient of a State Police Bravery Award, including one case in which he was shot during a standoff in Brownville in 1999. Madden’s ballistic vest stopped the bullet. Both awards resulted from his role as a member of the State Police Tactical Team, where he served for a decade.

PHOTO COURTESY MAINE STATE POLICE