For Immediate Release - May 16, 2013

Massachusetts Environmental Police Honor 19 Officers for Service

Two civilians receive Medal of Life Saving Awards

FALL RIVER – Thursday, May 16, 2013 – Massachusetts Environmental Police (MEP) Director Col. Aaron Gross today recognized 19 environmental police officers and two civilians for exemplary performance in environmental law enforcement duties over the past five years.

The recipients received awards for efforts related to boating, conservation and wildlife law enforcement, life saving and service to the community.

“It gives me great pleasure to award these individuals who have gone above and beyond the call of duty to save lives, protect our state’s nature resources, and serve the Commonwealth as a whole,” said Col. Gross. “They exemplify the everyday mission of the agency and I thank them for their dedication.”

The Medal of Life Saving Award is given to those who take extraordinary action in the saving of another life. In addition to the nine Environmental Police officers who received this award, civilians Robin Andrea Grant Briner and Timothy Melchione were also honored.

The Conservation Law Enforcement Chief’s Association (CLECA) Officer of the Year award recognizes officers for extraordinary job performance in the field of conservation law enforcement.

Shika-Safari awardees are selected for their job performance and dedication to the wildlife law enforcement profession and participation in activities outside of daily enforcement work.

The awards and recipients are as follows:

YearRecipientMunicipality
CLECA Officer of the Year
2010Sgt. Charles FolanPlymouth
2010Sgt. Tom ProvostGreenfield
2011Sgt. Mark BrighentiAthol
2012Lt. Charles ZiembaWare
Shikar-Safari Officer of the Year
2010Sgt. Chris FolanPlymouth
2011Sgt. Scott AmatiNorthbridge
2012Off. Matthew McClintockNew Bedford
Director's Commendation
2010Sgt. Mark BrighentiAthol
2010Off. Dave MarroccoEast Weymouth
2010Off. Bill WoytekWichendon
2010Off. Cindy KalkwarfTewksbury
2012Off. Peter GamacheHingham
Medal of Life Saving Award
2010Off. Bill WoytekWichendon
2011Sgt. Matt BassBourne
2011Off. Eric BaldwinBillerica
2011Off. Artie O'ConnellWorcester
2011Sgt. Robert AkinWeymouth
2011Capt. Patrick MoranMattapoisett
2012Sgt. Matt BassBourne
2012Maj. Len RobertsNew Bedford
2013Maj. Wilton GrayLakeville
Boating Safety Officer of the Year
2012Sgt. Michael CamireEast Falmouth
Medal of Life Saving Award - Civilians
2011Robin Andrea Grant BrinerBaldwinville
2012Timothy MelchionePocassett

The Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs’ Office of Law Enforcement – known also as the Massachusetts Environmental Police (MEP) – is the primary agency responsible for enforcing the Commonwealth’s fish and game and boating and recreational vehicle laws. MEP officers, while authorized to enforce all general laws, focus on laws and regulations related to the protection of natural resources and public parks and land; boat and recreational vehicle use; and hazardous waste disposal. MEP officers serve as stewards of the state’s natural resources, patrolling forests, parks, inland waterways and coastal waters throughout the Commonwealth.