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Press Release Law Enforcement Officers Honored with George L. Hanna Awards for Bravery

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  • Executive Office of Public Safety and Security

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Felix Browne, Communications Director

BostonGovernor Charlie Baker and Lt. Governor Karyn Polito today honored police officers from departments across the Commonwealth who in the last year distinguished themselves through exemplary acts of bravery carried out in the course of their duties.

“The officers we are privileged to honor today earned their awards through extraordinary acts of bravery and a deep commitment to public safety,” said Governor Charlie Baker, who presented the awards at a ceremony in the Massachusetts House Chamber. “They did what any officer would do in the face of danger to defend others and we in the Commonwealth are very fortunate for their devotion to protecting and serving our communities and families.”

“We are honored to salute the brave officers who have distinguished themselves through their exemplary actions in helping others,” said Lt. Governor Karyn Polito. “These officers and all of the others who protect us from harm every day have our unwavering respect and commitment.”

The George L. Hanna Awards for Bravery are named in memory of State Trooper George L. Hanna, who was shot and killed in the line of duty during a traffic stop in Auburn on February 26, 1983.

“It takes a special kind of person who commits to taking that oath and everything it involves,” said Public Safety Secretary Daniel Bennett. “We deeply appreciate the work that police officers do in communities across Massachusetts and thank them for putting their own lives on the line for the sake of our security.”

2017 Recipients of the 34nd Annual Trooper George L. Hanna
Memorial Awards for Bravery

MEDAL OF HONOR - The highest and most prestigious award is given to a police officer who demonstrates actions above and beyond the call of duty, exhibiting extraordinary bravery and courage in the face of extreme risk and certain and imminent danger to life or limb. The police officer’s actions are performed in the course of a dangerous incident to protect or save the life of a colleague or citizen, in selfless disregard for the officer’s own safety and often result in great cost to the officer, including loss of life. Medal of Honor recipients should display exceptional levels of professionalism, competence, leadership, and clear thinking during a dangerous incident while on or off duty. The officer’s actions must be so outstanding that they clearly distinguish heroism from lesser forms of bravery.

The award may be made to an officer who has lost his or her life in the line of duty under conditions in which the officer displayed professional law enforcement actions and duties consistent with good police practices.

This year, there are (8) eight recipients of the Medal of Honor, represented by the Auburn Police Department (Posthumously), Boston Police Department and the Massachusetts State Police.

MEDAL OF VALOR - The second highest award is given to a police officer who demonstrates actions above and beyond the call of duty, exhibiting valor, courage and bravery while disregarding the potential for danger or great risk to him or herself and whose actions do not rise to the level of Medal of Honor, during the course of an individual incident.

This year, there are (16) sixteen recipients receiving the Medal of Valor, (15) fifteen police officers and (1) dog, K-9 Frankie, representing the Boston Police Department, Everett Police Department, Fall River Police Department, Lowell Police Department, Lynn Police Department and the Massachusetts State Police.

All recipients being recognized at this ceremony were nominated for acts of bravery and heroism performed over the course of 2016.

Please see the attached narrative for the names of officers receiving awards and descriptions of the incidents they were involved in that earned them their awards.


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