GORHAM, Maine — A vigil was held in Gorham Thursday evening to honor the life of Officer Wayne "Pooch" Drown.
Victor Hanson and Stephen Burns thought of the idea after seeing posts on social media from people who weren't able to attend Pooch's funeral services.
Community members gathered outside of the town's public safety building to light candles and share stories of their hometown hero. Stories that were recorded to make a compilation video to give to Pooch's family.
"A lot of my friends, a lot of people I knew really needed somebody like him in their life," one of the organizers Victor Hanson said. "I think he filled a gap for a lot of people."
Drown played many roles in the Gorham community before he passed away.
He began his public safety career in 1974 as a volunteer firefighter for the Gorham Police Department and started working with the Gorham Public Works Department in 1981.
Drown became a full time reserve police officer for the Gorham Police Department in 1984. He was hired as a second school resource officer in 1998 at Gorham High School, where he served until his death.
"I could not have made it through high school without him." another organizer Stephen Burns said. "Everyone is going to miss him a lot, it hurts to see him gone."
Drown passed away suddenly the evening of Saturday, Feb. 23 at Maine Medical Center from cardiac arrest.
Vigil organizers are also fundraising for the Maine Special Olympics through a GoFundMe page in Drown's memory. Drown showed a big commitment to this organization during his lifetime.