Two old cops talk shop

BAR HARBOR — John Ford Sr. and Mark Nickerson call themselves two “old cops” and together they spent 56 years in law enforcement. Join them at the Jesup Memorial Library on Tuesday, May 17, at 7 p.m. as they tell some of their lively and sometimes poignant tales of Maine law enforcement “back in the day.”

It made sense that Ford began a career in wildlife enforcement, as his father and grandfather were both police officers, his stepfather was a veteran game warden, and his mother rehabilitated wildlife for the Fish and Game Department. Ford served as a district game warden in the Waldo County area from 1970-1990, and was the sheriff for Waldo County from 1991-1999. He recounts some of the many stories from the field, both hilarious and serious, in his three books, “Suddenly the Cider Didn’t Taste So Good,” “This Cider Still Tastes Funny!” and his newest “Deer Diaries.” He also includes some of his accounts of rescuing hurt or abandoned animals.

Nickerson is a 28-year veteran of the Maine State Police, where he spent years patrolling the Moosehead Lake Region and the Waldo/Kennebec County area. During this career, he was honored for arresting a record number of drunk drivers. His first book, “Blue Lights in the Night,” includes stories from his time as a state trooper, and his second, “Behind the Blue Lights,” delves deeper into the reasons people become law enforcement officers and offers some insight into the difficulties of being a trooper.

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Copies of their books will be on sale that night courtesy of Sherman’s Books. This talk is part of the Cadillac Mountain Sports Speaker Series at the Jesup. The next talk in the series is on Friday, June 10, with kayaker Michael Daugherty, author of “AMC’s Best Sea Kayaking in New England: 50 of the Best Coastal Paddling Adventures from Connecticut to Maine.”

Contact the Jesup at 288-4245 or [email protected].

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