At its Open House event on September 15th, Central Maine Harley-Davidson in Hermon took time to recognize retired Bangor Police officer, Dan Herrick.

Herrick retired in March after 38 ½ years of police work in Dover-Foxcroft, Bar Harbor, Mount Desert Island, and finally in Bangor, where he patrolled the streets on the department’s Harley-Davidson.

Herrick is also a licensed pilot and owns his own plane, which he uses to volunteer, at his own cost, for Angel Flight Northeast, an organization that provides free flights for people who need medical care.  Herrick’s plane is located in Bar Harbor, where he also manages the Pirate’s Cove miniature golf course, earning himself the nickname of “Pirate Dan.”

At the presentation, Cheryl Oliver of Central Maine Harley-Davidson had this to say to Officer Herrick, “Heroes never retire. You are a hero to all the families you kept safe on the streets the past thirty-eight and half years, you are a hero to all the families that you’ve helped with Angel Flight and you are a hero to all the patients that felt comfortable with you at the controls. You deserve a new nickname – ‘Hero Dan.’”

She went on to say, “Central Maine Harley-Davidson wants you to enjoy your life and retirement to the fullest and we’d like to thank you for all your services and time you put in as a good man, We don’t think you should be riding around on someone else’s Harley-Davidson, we think you should have your own!”  Central Maine Harley-Davidson then presented Dan with a brand new Harley-Davidson Police edition motorcycle.

Thank you, Dan Herrick, for your service!

For more information about Angel Flight, visit their website.  Also, visit Central Maine Harley-Davidson’s Facebook page.