Former and current officers, town officials, family and friends of the late Jim D. Swint gathered Tuesday to dedicate a memorial to the fallen Brunswick police officer, killed in the line of duty in 1990.

Swint was killed in a car crash as he pursued a suspect, swerving to avoid a car that had pulled into his path on Pleasant Street and crashing into a utility pole, said former Commander Don Goulet, now a captain with the Cumberland County Sheriff’s Office.

The memorial was erected last year but was officially dedicated Tuesday as part of the National Police Week observances.

The ceremony, under brilliant blue skies, included a delegation from the Marine Corps, in which Swint served for seven years.

The memorial was financed through donations and was erected on land donated by the town.

In a moving moment in the ceremony, several people spotted a bald eagle flying overhead as taps was being played, Goulet said.

The inscription on the memorial reads: “Here we honor Brunswick’s finest who made the ultimate sacrifice in the line of duty.”

A picture of the memorial can be seen on the Brunswick Police Department website at:

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