The April edition of French and Electric Blue is the best issue yet! Colonel Alben’s message highlights a variety of training initiatives and the premier of the monthly “Spotlight On” section features hard-charging Trooper Keith Ledin of Troop “D.” In other news, the Crime Scene Services Section’s new 3-D crime scene scanner is discussed as is the tale of K-9 Mako’s journey from Slovakia to the Commonwealth.
The poignant cover story discusses how Troopers from Troop “H” were able to grant a child’s wish by transporting him from the hospital to his home in East Bridgewater. The Narcotics Section is also profiled.
Thank you for reading and welcome to the April edition of French and Electric Blue!
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The January 2013 edition of French and Electric Blue is here! The new edition features stories on how Troop “B” is responding to concerns about school safety and how SP Tunnels has dealt with a new challenge: homelessness. We discuss the combined SSPO/Local Training Academy being held at the SPA in New Braintree, ATV training, and the retirements of Gary McLaughlin and Sergeant James Ellis of SP Nantucket. The Media Relations Unit is profiled and, as always, the busiest Troopers and Stations are identified.
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Welcome to the July Edition of “French & Electric Blue”. If you thought that our first effort back in March was good, you’ll be even more impressed with what you see and read this time around. April through July is arguably the busiest time of year throughout the department with award and memorial ceremonies, outdoor festivities and celebrations. With a new class finally on their own, there is an infusion of new energy and enthusiasm that abounds, particularly within the Division of field Services. In her final “Colonel’s Message”, Colonel McGovern highlights many of the highlights and the dangers we face each day. Honor, sacrifice, courage, integrity and service! They’re attributes of great Troopers and great organizations. This is what goes into the work of our members EVERY DAY! We capture those qualities here in stories of Ellen Engelhardt’s name being placed on the National Police Memorial, the MAWLE award winners, “Way Above and Beyond”, C-3 Policing and a look back at “Runaway Memories”. The future of the MSP Air Wing is very bright! The opening story, “Trooper Shot in Chicopee”, will provide some perspective as to how dangerous this job can be and how fast things can change. As you read that story, think about Trooper John Vasquez’s response and the heroic efforts of Trooper Keller Williams, Chicopee Police Officers David Benoit and Johnny Jusino as well as a citizen, Ward Hamilton, who happens to be a former police officer in Connecticut. Under fire, they moved John out of harm’s way to safety after he was hit and his cruiser was pierced by 16 rounds from an assault rifle. Everyday heroes doing their jobs! Be proud of what you do and be ever vigilant.
Department Launches New Newsletter – French and Electric Blue
As sworn and civilian members of the Massachusetts State Police, we have long recognized this organization to be more than just another state agency.
Indeed, to most of us, this department represents far more than just a job… read more file size 2MB
Spring State House Awards Ceremony
Public Service Award
Established to recognize a civilian member of the Department, or a member of the public who has provided outstanding assistance to the Department, or who has significantly contributed to public safety.
Leo J. Podolske III
Luke V. Tripp
Established to bestow recognition upon civilian personnel who undertake significant actions in the saving of another life.
Mark O’Leary, DCR Lifeguard
Daniel Patenaude, Sr.
Derek Ranno, Leominster Firefighter
Raymond Ryan, New Bedford Firefighter
Brian Wilbanks, Sr.
Distinguished Service Award
Established as the highest award to bestow recognition upon a civilian who has provided extraordinary assistance to the Department.
Medal of Lifesaving
Established to bestow recognition upon sworn police personnel who undertake significant actions in the saving of another life.
Sergeant Robert C. Ackerman, Jr.
Trooper Anthony T. Boszko
Trooper Brendan E. Cain
Trooper Michael D. Chapdelaine
Trooper Mark J. Concannon, Jr.
Trooper Brian L. Frechette
Trooper Peter M. Frothingham
Trooper Michael A. Gondella
Trooper Joseph A. Gray III
Officer Michael Joslyn, Holden Police Department
Trooper Thomas J. Joyce
Trooper Christopher M. Kudlay
Trooper Edward O. Mathurin, Jr.
Trooper Jonathan A. McClure
Trooper Anthony D. Pagliaroni
Trooper David Z. Podworski, Sr.
Trooper Richard Priest
Sergeant Michael F. Rafferty
Officer Mallory Reis, Cranston, RI Police Officer
Trooper Brian W. Simpkins
Trooper Mark S. Spencer
Trooper Norman B. Stanikmas
Trooper Rudy J. Torres
Trooper Ronald L. Wihtelin
Medal of Merit
Established to bestow recognition upon sworn police personnel who have performed acts of outstanding achievement far exceeding normal demands of the Department, which greatly contribute to the operation of the Department.
Trooper Kathleen M. Freeman
Sergeant Alan F. Joubert
Medal of Valor
Establish to bestow recognition upon sworn personnel who have performed specific acts of bravery or have exhibited outstanding courage while performing their duties.
Trooper Christina A. Albano
Officer David Benoit, Chicopee Police Department
Officer Joseph Brunelle
Officer Stephanie Burdick, Lee Police Department
Trooper Rafael Cazares
Captain Thomas Charette, Chicopee Police Department
Detective Timothy Foley, Chicopee Police Department
Trooper Matthew W. Gladu
Sergeant George M. Hamilton III
Captain Peter J. Higgins
Trooper Daniel C. Jones
Officer Johnny Jusino, Chicopee Police Department
Trooper Paul F. Kudryk
Trooper David P. Lahair
Sergeant Roy Landry, Chicopee Police Department
Officer Brian Lepage, Chicopee Police Department
Officer Mark Page, Chicopee Police Department
Trooper David Z. Podworski, Sr.
Sergeant Jeffrey Roosa, Lee Police Department
Officer Ryan Romano, Chicopee Police Department
Trooper Gary P. Ruef
Officer Michael Smith, Lenox Police Department
Officer Sean Ward, Lenox Police Department
Trooper Keller W. Williams
Trooper Glenn W. Witaszek
Medal of Honor
Trooper John M. Vasquez
On October 25, 2012, three members of the Massachusetts State Police were honored with awards by the Massachusetts Police Association at their annual convention held in Plymouth. Trooper John Vasquez, Trooper Keller Williams and Trooper David Podworski were recognized along with several members of the Chicopee Police Department for their actions while responding to a report of a gunman terrorizing a neighborhood at approximately 8 AM near a busy intersection in the center of Chicopee. Trooper Williams, then assigned to the Governor’s Auto Theft Strike Force (now in VFAS), was the first Trooper to respond with Chicopee PD and started taking gunfire from a subject with an assault rifle.
On October 16, 2012, Troop B held a Memorial Service to honor their six fallen Troopers who have been killed in the line of duty. The service was the idea of Trooper Andrew Canata of SP Cheshire, who last year noticed that three of their names were not on the Western Massachusetts Fallen Police Officers Memorial. He rectified that oversight, and thought it would be appropriate for Troop B to honor its fallen members with permanent reminders.