Officer John E. Sutton

Officer John E. Sutton

University of Maine Police Department, Maine

End of Watch Friday, September 20, 1963

Add to My Heroes

John E. Sutton

Officer John Sutton suffered a fatal heart attack while shortly after attempting to break up a fight at Memorial Gymnasium, in Orono, during a dance.

He had been assigned to a pep rally earlier in the evening and was working at the dance in preparation for a football game the following day. He intervened in a fight and was knocked down. He was able to breakup the fight with the assistance of other officers.

The officers then drove back to the police station in Old Town, where Officer Sutton collapsed.

Officer Sutton was survived by his wife and two children.


  • Age 31
  • Tour Not available
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Heart attack
  • Weapon Person
  • Offender Not available

arrest, disorderly

Most Recent Reflection

View all 11 Reflections

Officer Sutton, it has been 60 years since you were taken from us. Northern New England law enforcement has continued to thrive, learn and become safer due to the traditions and sacrifices you, your family, and many others have made for us. Thank you for your law enforcement service.

Chief (Ret) Steven Marshall
Georges Mills, NH

September 20, 2023

Want even more control of your Reflection? Create a free ODMP account now for these benefits:

  • Quick access to your heroes
  • Reflections published quicker
  • Save a Reflection signature
  • View, edit or delete any Reflection you've left in the past

Create an account for more options, or use this form to leave a Reflection now.