Sixteen staffers from the Maine Department of Corrections Region 2 Adult Probation and Parole each received an Award of Excellence April 1 by MDOC Commissioner Joseph Ponte for their recent work, above-and-beyond the call of duty, in assisting in the apprehension of several clients.

Among those recognized was Regional Corrections Manager John Lorenzen, who is based in the Rockland office.

“Their dedication and hard work resulted in fugitives taken into custody safely and quickly. In each case a command center was set up at the local probation office. Staff participated in searching for a missing Supervised Community Confinement client, a probationer involved in a shooting, and a third client who had escaped from a correctional facility. The staff investigative skills and their contacts within the law enforcement community are the reasons these incidents were so successful,” Regional Correctional Administrator Susan Gagnon said.

The Region 2 Probation Officers receiving an Award of Excellence are Michelle Dubay, Mark Fortin, Ashley Gaboury, Mark Gozdecki, Jodie Johnson, Craig Ladd, Robert Lamarre, Robert Omiecinski, Mike Simoneau, Tiffany Simoneau, Don White. The other Award of Excellence recipients are Clerk Typist Dawn Casey; Regional Correctional Managers Robert LaPlante, John Lorenzen, Adam Silberman, and also RCA Susan Gagnon.

“A special thanks to Regional Correctional Manager John Lorenzen who worked on all three cases,” Gagnon said. “Since my transfer to the Adult Division, I have been impressed with the staff’s sense of teamwork and dedication on high profile cases and everyday cases as well. I am very proud of the work they do,” she said.

MDOC’s Region 2 Probation and Parole has offices in Lewiston, Augusta, Rockland, Skowhegan, Waterville, and Wiscassett.