Gorham, Me- Hundreds were in attendance at the USM sports complex to pay their last respects to officer Wayne Drown or “Pooch” as he was referred to. Officer Drown had been with the Gorham Police Department since the 80s and ended his career at the time of his death as school resource officer. The procession was lead by Pipe Major Michael Lundin and Cumberland County Sheriff Kevin Joyce both of the Maine Public Safety Pipe and Drum Corps.
Wayne was someone that students, staff, and the community could relate to. His death was a shock to many people throughout the law enforcement, school, state, and Gorham communities.
Wayne had been previously ill during which time he continued to work. His health improved, but on February 24, 2019 at age 64, just months away from retirement, he suffered a fatal heart attack and passed away.
He had just been presented the “Cop’s Cop” award by the Maine Police Association at the annual banquet in late January. The high recognition award is given to someone who makes a difference in the Law Enforcement community. Wayne will be sadly missed by his family, friends, and colleagues in the LE community as well as the community of Gorham. Rest easy “Pooch”.