LCSO deputy continues family tradition in law enforcement

Fri, 06/07/2024 - 8:45am

For Nathan Yeaton of Lincoln County Sheriff's Office, a career in law enforcement is a perfect fit and continues his grandfather Frederick's tradition of service. Nathan Yeaton never got to meet his grandfather, who died in 1986 and was a deputy for many years, joining LCSO after serving in the Navy.

Like his grandfather, Yeaton has joined LCSO after military service, becoming a deputy last fall after serving in the Air Force in North Carolina where he helped maintain water and fuel systems.

His transition from military service to law enforcement brought Yeaton, wife Caitlyn and their two young daughters to Wiscasset where they recently purchased a home.

"My family has lived in Lincoln County forever," he told the Register in a recent interview. "In fact, people recognize the last name and ask if I'm a relative."

After moving to Maine, Yeaton started taking courses in college. He was sitting in a psychology class one day and suddenly realized he wanted to be in law enforcement. "I've always enjoyed being part of a team, and I missed the teamwork and camaraderie of the military,” he explained. “There's a bond made with people under stress."

He contacted LCSO and soon after interviewed with Lt. Brendan Kane. Yeaton received a conditional offer the next day and, after successfully completing preliminary tests, he joined the office last Oct. 23.

Soon after, Yeaton began 18 weeks of the Basic Law Enforcement Training program and graduated from the Criminal Justice Academy in Vassalboro on Friday, May 17. While in training, he came eye to eye with his grandfather when he found Frederick Yeaton's class photo on the Academy wall.

Nathan Yeaton said medical, combatant and communications training was similar to his military service. Because he received six months of classwork in the Air Force, he found the transition to be a smooth one. 

Asked what has surprised him so far in his new career, he said law enforcement members have a lot of discretion. "People have different needs and the best outcome can be from how many extra steps you're willing to take." He has also been surprised by the number of calls the office receives, most requiring a deputy to respond in person.

Overall, Yeaton said his experience has been very rewarding. He feels blessed to be working at LCSO. "I walked in and the next day got a conditional offer. I took the leap and feel that everyone I spoke with are all really good people.”