Pat Pierson of Knox has received the Maine Sheriffs' Association Citizen of the Year Award. As one of the founders of Waldo County Triad, Pierson continues to be a devoted volunteer and driving force in the area of senior citizen well-being, according to Sheriff Jeff Trafton, Triad chairman.

Pierson serves on Triad's executive board and as coordinator and distribution manager of the Triad Newsletter that reaches more than 2,500 senior residents of Waldo County. As the group's grant writer, Pierson has helped raise thousands of dollars provide free smoke and carbon monoxide detectors to those 65 and older as well as support other senior health and safety projects.