FAIRFIELD — Area police officers flashed blue cruiser lights in a procession Tuesday from the Police Department to the high school to honor Kingston Paul Jr., a well-known former Waterville official and law enforcement officer in central Maine.

Paul was 65 when he died Nov. 16 at Eastern Maine Medical Center in Bangor.

The police procession Tuesday evening came before a celebration-of-life service for Paul at Lawry Brothers Funeral Home in Fairfield.

Known as “King,” Paul retired from the Waterville Public Works Department, then began a second career in law enforcement. He graduated from the 82nd Maine Criminal Justice Academy at age 45, working for the Oakland Police Department and later, in 1995, joining the Fairfield Police Department, where he spent the last 20 years of his career, according to his obituary. There, Paul retired again as a detective captain with the Fairfield force.

Paul created Fairfield Police Department’s Cops Care for Kids program, at first with his own money and later with donated funding, helping disadvantaged children in the area around Christmas.

In October 2006, Paul was named Officer of the Year by the Exchange Club of Greater Waterville. At a banquet for the award, Paul said he was surprised and honored to be honored, saying: “I’m a very quiet, behind-the-scenes guy.”

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