A retired State Police detective from Aroostook County will be among those honored at the Maine State Police annual awards ceremony  on Wednesday.

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The event takes place at the Maine Criminal Justice Academy in Vassalboro and will honor a number of citizens, police officers and State Troopers. Among those being honored is retired detective Arnold "Arnie" Gahagan, from Stockholm, who will be named Legendary Trooper, according to State Police spokesman Steve McCausland.

Gahagan served with the State Police from 1966 to his retirement in 1994, and he continues to work for the Aroostook County District Attorney’s Office as a victim/witness advocate.

Col. Robert Williams, the Chief of the State Police, said Gahagan was considered one of the State Police’s expert child abuse investigators and was involved in every major State Police investigation in Aroostook County from 1978 to his retirement.

In 1984, Gahagan was chosen Trooper of the Year, the highest honor for a State Trooper. The new legendary designation is the highest honor for a State Police retiree.

The ceremonies will begin at 1 p.m. Wednesday in Vassalboro.