State Police Honor 38 for Bravery and Service
The Massachusetts State Police today honored 26 state and local police officers and 12 civilians for various contributions to public safety, acts of bravery, and police work beyond the normal call of duty. The awards ceremony, held at the Grand Staircase of the State House, was led by Secretary of Public Safety and Security Kevin M. Burke, and Colonel Mark F. Delaney, Superintendent of the State Police.
At the ceremony, Colonel Mark Delaney remarked, "Everyday law enforcement officers leave their homes, never knowing what perils or tragic human events they may encounter. In a mere instant, their assignment may escalate from the mundane to a virtual life or death drama. Today, we will recognize and honor both officers and private citizens, who in a time of crisis, heroically answered the call to duty, whether facing deadly force, or assisting their fellow citizens."
The Medal of Valor - Established to bestow recognition upon sworn police personnel who have performed specific acts of bravery or have exhibited outstanding courage while performing their duties.
Trooper Bruce L. Buckley East Sandwich
The Medal of Merit - Established to bestow recognition upon police personnel who have performed specific acts of outstanding achievement far exceeding normal demands of the Department, which greatly contribute to the operation of the Department.
Trooper Russell E. Patenaude Brimfield
The Medal of Lifesaving - Established to bestow recognition upon sworn police personnel who undertake significant actions in the saving of another life.
Lieutenant Robin A. Whitney Greenfield
Trooper Sean P. LeBlanc Whitman
Trooper Sean R. Reardon Rockland
Trooper Kyle T. Gleick Hubbardston
Trooper Peter P. Holman Lunenburg
Trooper Robert W. Malloy Jr. Manchester-By-The-Sea
Trooper Sean F. Carroll
Trooper Anthony D. Martino South Deerfield
SUPERINTENDENT'S COMMENDATION - Established to bestow recognition upon any person who has made an exceptional contribution to the Massachusetts State Police.
Sergeant Michael J. Lyver North Grafton
Trooper Kevin W. Kennedy Auburn
Trooper Edward T. Blackwell Carver
Trooper Patrick M. Johnson Mansfield
Trooper Daniel J. Harrington
Trooper David F. Parsons Scituate
Trooper David T. Nims Framingham
Trooper Jon A. MacKinnon Weymouth
Trooper James J. Morris Whitman
Trooper Kyle A. Flanagan Methuen
Trooper Sean P. Maher East Longmeadow
Trooper John A. Lione Revere
Trooper Daniel W. Schumaker Tewksbury
Detective Ken E. Williams Brockton Police
Officer Richard J. Gaucher Brockton Police
Detective Michelet Montina Malden Police
Mr. Thomas J. Paulini Harwich
Mr. Nicholas J. Pelkey West Yarmouth
Mr. Santiago Velez Sandwich
Mr. Jeffrey D. Newell Harwich
The Distinguished Service Award - Established as the highest award to bestow recognition upon a civilian who has provided extraordinary assistance to the Department.
Mr. Charles D. Miserendino Fitchburg
Mr. John B. Melson Hyde Park
Mr. Joseph M. Lawless Lynnfield
Mr. Brian M. Roberts Hingham
Mr. Elvis Didovic Peabody
The Lifesaving Award - Established to bestow recognition upon civilian personnel who undertake significant action in the saving of another life.
Mr. Clifford C. Harvey Warren, Rhode Island
Mrs. Donna M. McNamee Dorchester
THE 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 has significantly contributed to public safety.
Mr. Howard J. Lebowitz