AUGUSTA, Maine — This year’s state police Trooper of the Year followed in the footsteps of his father, and the man named the Legendary Trooper caught a serial killer in 2000 who had taken the lives of three women.

Trooper Trevor Snow of Stetson, a 17-year veteran who covers Penobscot and Piscataquis counties as a member of Troop E in Orono, was named Trooper of the Year during the 2012 Maine State Police Awards Ceremony held on Friday.

He joined the state police in 1994 and is the son of retired state police Lt. Gary Snow, noted Stephen McCausland, spokesman for the Maine Department of Public Safety. Snow is a longtime member of the State Police Pipe and Drum Corps and also is on the bomb disposal team.

Snow also served four years on the training staff of the Maine Criminal Justice Academy and returned to patrol duties seven years ago, McCausland said.

“Trooper Snow has the enthusiasm of a new trooper and is an outstanding mentor for members of the department,” said Col. Robert Williams, chief of the Maine State Police.

Retired Detective Joseph Zamboni, a 22-year state police veteran who retired in 2004, was named the Legendary Trooper. He was named Trooper of the Year in 2001.

“A year earlier, Zamboni led the state police investigation into serial killer James Hicks, who killed three women over 19 years,” McCausland said. “Zamboni’s work on the case resulted in the recovery of the women’s bodies in Etna and Forkstown Plantation, and life sentences for Hicks.”