Deputy Sheriff Edwin T. Finn

Deputy Sheriff Edwin T. Finn

Hancock County Sheriff's Office, Maine

End of Watch Wednesday, November 22, 1911

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Edwin T. Finn

Deputy Sheriff Edwin Finn and Sheriff John Webster drowned when their boat capsized in Green Lake.

The two were returning to Ellsworth after interviewing two men at Camp Comfort about a burglary that had occurred at another camp the previous week. Sheriff Webster did not suspect the two men at Camp Comfort, but wanted to interview them for additional information about the area.

Sheriff Webster and Deputy Finn went to the camp on foot and interviewed the men. It is believed that they then borrowed a boat from the men in order to return to Ellsworth, using the lake as a shortcut. The winds on the lake were extremely strong and caused the boat to capsize. The two men in the camp heard the lawmen in distress and attempted to rescue them when their boat also capsized. All four drowned in the lake.

Deputy Finn had been appointed a deputy when Sheriff Webster took office on January 1st, 1911. He had previously served as City Marshal of Ellsworth.


  • Age 48
  • Tour 11 years
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Drowned


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Deputy Finn, it has been 112 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

November 22, 2023

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