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Hancock County deputy killed after being struck by vehicle

Published: Sep. 23, 2021 at 10:15 AM EDT
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TRENTON, Maine (WABI) - A Hancock County deputy was killed early Thursday morning after being stuck by a vehicle in Trenton.

Deputy Luke Gross was responding to a call of a vehicle off the road on Route 3 in Trenton just before 4 a.m. when he was struck by another vehicle, according to the Hancock County Sheriff’s Department.

Gross did not survive his injuries.

Governor Mills has put out the following statement:

“Today, we mourn the loss of Deputy Gross, a member of Maine’s law enforcement community killed in the line of duty. My heart goes out to his friends, family, and fellow officers. May we always remember that our law enforcement officers are dedicated public servants who risk their own lives every day to protect the safety of Maine people. Deputy Gross ended his watch protecting our great state, and his service and sacrifice will not be forgotten. On behalf of the people of Maine, I extend our condolences to his family, loved ones, and colleagues around the state.”

Public Safety Commissioner Michael Sauschuck said the following of Deputy Gross:

”You never saw him when he wasn’t smiling, right, he was always that guy that could light up a room, and do anything for anybody at any time. And that’s really a hallmark of the professionals that are drawn to this calling.”

The procession returned to Bucksport, Deputy Gross’s hometown.

Elm Street was closed as the procession ended at Mitchell and Tweedie Funeral Home.

Law enforcement officers and members of the Bucksport community paid their respects.

Funeral arrangements are forthcoming.

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