A standing ovation for Chief Deputy Sheriff and longtime Maine Drug Enforcement Agent Darrell Crandall on Friday, as he was recognized by the Maine Elks Association as the state’s nominee for the Enrique Camarena award. One he accepted on behalf of himself and the hundreds of officers he’s been able to work with.
“I’m humbled that they thought I was deserving…I’ve always had the good fortune to be part of good effective teams,” said Crandall.
The award recognizes law enforcement officers who have made a significant contribution in the field of drug awareness and prevention.
“It’s quite an honor,” said Andrew Bolz, state drug awareness chairman for the Maine Elks Association.
Sheriff Jim Madore nominated Crandall, who is the first officer in Aroostook County to be recognized in this way.
“His knowledge and experience, he’d instill in the people that work for him,” said Madore.
Crandall started with the Sheriff’s Office in 1985. He was reluctant when he was assigned to the drug agency in 1989, but did that for 24 years, working as a field agent, supervisory special agent, and finally, was a northern division commander before coming back to work as a chief deputy sheriff last year.
“Just seemed to be that I’d found my niche and stuck with it, and I don’t have any regrets,” Crandall said.
A number of law enforcement officers came to see Crandall be recognized for the work he’s done that he’s passionate about, but he says isn’t easy.
“The rare glimpse that you get to see the impact that you’ve had on a family that didn’t lose a loved one that was on the path of destruction or the child you saved whose life was in danger.. it’s moments like those that make the challenging days bearable,” said Crandall.
Madore ended the ceremony telling Crandall, “on behalf of myself, my family, and our law enforcement family…congratulations.”