AUGUSTA — A man who died as a result of a medical problem Monday on Togus Pond was a longtime former Augusta police officer.

Deputy Chief Jared Mills, of the Augusta police, identified the man as 69-year-old Charles Winslow, of Augusta. Winslow retired from the police force in 1988, Mills said.

“He was the last full-time beat officer in the city, who was loved by many,” Mills said, referring to Winslow’s assignment of patrolling downtown on foot. “Charlie will be sadly missed by our agency and the citizens of Augusta.”

Police were called to South Belfast Avenue on Monday after a man riding an all-terrain vehicle died following an apparent medical problem.

The incident took place around 1:15 p.m. on Togus Pond about 100 yards off Route 105, which also is South Belfast Avenue.

Police and rescue personnel responded, but Winslow was pronounced dead at the scene. Police said nothing about the death is suspicious, and it was not the result of a crash.


Winslow was riding the ATV and carrying fishing gear.

“He loved fishing,” said Augusta Police Chief Robert Gregoire, who worked with Winslow for five months before Winslow retired after 20 years with the department. “He was an avid outdoorsman.”

Gregoire said Winslow was straightforward in his approach to law enforcement and that people knew where he stood.

“He was a very nice guy,” Gregoire said.

Winslow walked the downtown beat every day, going in and out of stores during the day and checking doors at night.

“The downtown merchants and the people visiting downtown loved him,” Gregoire said. “He had a very good reputation down there.”

Craig Crosby — 621-5642

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