Detective Sergeant Christopher M. Gardner

Detective Sergeant Christopher M. Gardner

University of Maine Police Department, Maine

End of Watch Tuesday, November 15, 2016

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Christopher M. Gardner

Detective Sergeant Chris Gardner died as the result of complications following surgery for an injury sustained during firearms qualifications.

He injured his Achilles tendon as he ran from a position of cover to a shooting position on October 26th, 2016. He underwent surgery the following week and then returned home to recover. He returned to the hospital on November 15th, 2016, complaining of shortness of breath and passed away a short time later.

Detective Sergeant Gardner had served with the University of Maine Police Department for 27 years. He had been assigned to the Maine Drug Enforcement Agency as a special agent for the last nine years of his career. He was survived by his parents, brother, and two sisters.


  • Age 47
  • Tour 27 years
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Training accident
  • Incident Date Wednesday, October 26, 2016


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As a widow of a retired Maine State Police Officer, Penobscot County Sheriff Deputy and University of Maine Police Department Dispatcher, I had watched Officer Gardiner's career progress from its beginning. He was dedicated to LE and always gave over the 100%. He respected and appreciated the input from the seasoned and retired members of all forces. He was committed to making his state of Maine a better place while serving on MDEA. A career well served and cut short because of unfortunate injury during training! I can not believe he was honored and memorialized to have his name placed on the National LEFO Memorial Monument and out own state of Maine has denied to have him included. Just seems very wrong! But, Chris shall always be remember by many in Maine for all he did at UMaine and when outsourced to DEA to try and make Maine a better place to live!

Lois Ann Holmes - Citizen
Widow of Det. Trooper MSP

November 15, 2018

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