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:
CLECA Officer of the Year
Year Recipient Municipality
Shikar-Safari Officer of the Year
2010 Sgt. Charles Folan Plymouth 2010 Sgt. Tom Provost Greenfield 2011 Sgt. Mark Brighenti Athol 2012 Lt. Charles Ziemba Ware
2010 Sgt. Chris Folan Plymouth 2011 Sgt. Scott Amati Northbridge 2012 Off. Matthew McClintock New Bedford
Medal of Life Saving Award
2010 Sgt. Mark Brighenti Athol 2010 Off. Dave Marrocco East Weymouth 2010 Off. Bill Woytek Wichendon 2010 Off. Cindy Kalkwarf Tewksbury 2012 Off. Peter Gamache Hingham
Boating Safety Officer of the Year
2010 Off. Bill Woytek Wichendon 2011 Sgt. Matt Bass Bourne 2011 Off. Eric Baldwin Billerica 2011 Off. Artie O'Connell Worcester 2011 Sgt. Robert Akin Weymouth 2011 Capt. Patrick Moran Mattapoisett 2012 Sgt. Matt Bass Bourne 2012 Maj. Len Roberts New Bedford 2013 Maj. Wilton Gray Lakeville
Medal of Life Saving Award - Civilians
2012 Sgt. Michael Camire East Falmouth
2011 Robin Andrea Grant Briner Baldwinville 2012 Timothy Melchione Pocassett
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.