This award is
to recognize the efforts of an individual with the rank of patrol officer,
whether assigned to our Patrol Division or one of our special units, who has
demonstrated exceptional dedication in the performance of his/her duties during
the previous month. This could be from either a single incident or event, or
from consistently performing at a high level during the entire month. The award
is intended to recognize the efforts of officers that may not necessarily rise
to the level of a commendation.
This month’s LPD ‘Officer of the Month’ is Detective Stephen Pohle, who is assigned to CID. Detective Pohle was nominated for this honor by Captain Mark O’Toole. This nomination was also seconded by Lieutenant Marie Hanlon, Lieutenant Thomas Reddy and Lieutenant Michael Vail, and was approved by many of our CO’s/OIC’s.
In his written nomination, Captain O’Toole stated that “Detective Pohle is a dedicated and thorough investigator who quietly goes about his duties and gives his best efforts to any investigations assigned to him” and that “these efforts have recently culminated with significant criminal charges being filed against several defendants.”
Captain O’Toole also included some recent examples of investigations conducted by Detective Pohle, as listed below:
· Beginning in February of 2013, there were several armed robberies of convenience stores in Lynn that were believed to have been committed by the same subject. Little information could be developed on this subject, and no vehicle or direction of flight from any of the stores could be confirmed. These robberies were also being committed in other communities and ceased for a period, but resumed in the fall of 2013. In total, it was suspected that this subject had committed 15 armed robberies in Lynn between 2/2/2013 and 11/7/2013, and was also suspected of committing 13 additional armed robberies in other communities during this period. On 11/21/2013, a male suspect was arrested for Shoplifting by Gang Unit personnel, who forwarded information that this individual significantly resembled the robbery suspect. The suspect was arrested in Salem, MA a short time after that for stolen M/V charges; and Detective Pohle coordinated with the other agencies where robberies were committed and conducted extensive interviews. This individual was subsequently identified in connection with several of the armed robberies in Lynn as well as those in several other communities and is currently under indictment in Essex, Suffolk, and Middlesex Counties.
· Detective Pohle coordinated an investigation early this month into several smash and grab B&E’s to convenience stores in the early morning hours. He and Detective Joshua Hilton were able to develop a suspect in these incidents. This individual was also a suspect in several thefts and in an unarmed robbery that occurred during this period. Detective Pohle was able to bring charges against this party for several of these incidents. Captain O’Toole also mentioned that although evidence has not been developed as of yet to link this individual to the B&E’s, since this person has been in custody on the Larceny and Unarmed Robbery charges, the smash and grab B&E’s have stopped.
· Detective Pohle was the lead investigator in the stabbing death of a man on 12/22/2013 at a Mace Place location, which led to the arrest of a suspect.
· Detective Pohle and Detective Joseph Chadbourne were the lead investigators in the death of an infant on 7/8/2013, at a Western Avenue location. This investigation resulted in charges being filed against the infant’s step-father and mother in connection with the matter.
This month’s LPD ‘Officer of the Month’ is Detective Richard Fucci, who is assigned to the Special Investigations Unit. Detective Fucci was nominated for this honor by Lieutenant Stephen Haberek, and this nomination was also seconded by Lieutenant Michael Vail and approved by many of our CO’s/OIC’s.
In his written nomination, Lieutenant Haberek explained that “Detective Fucci has been assigned to the Special Investigations Unit for over ten years, and works with three very experienced and highly professional officers.” He went on to say that “Detective Fucci continues to be one of the most productive officers on the unit. Lieutenant Haberek mentioned that Detective Fucci spends considerable time and effort enforcing prostitution-related crime, which includes arresting the Johns as well as the prostitutes. He emphasized that this is not glamorous work and that “Detective Fucci’s diligence and persistence continues to have a noticeable impact on the street level prostitution activity.”
Lieutenant Haberek also stated that “Detective Fucci is self-motivated and a team player” and that “he consistently demonstrates the qualities that this award is intended to recognize.”
This month’s LPD ‘Officer of the Month’ is Officer Joshua Hilton, who is assigned to the Third Division. Officer Hilton was nominated for this honor by Deputy Chief Leonard Desmarais, and this nomination was also seconded and approved by many of our CO’s/OIC’s.
In his written nomination, Deputy Chief Desmarais stated that “Officer Hilton was recently presented with a chaotic and violent situation and took action that very well may have saved the lives of at least two fellow officers.” He also reported that earlier this year Officer Hilton was named to the department’s Special Response Team. Deputy Chief Desmarais further stated that “due to Officer Hilton’s job performance he served a temporary assignment with the Lynn Drug Task Force, an assignment that earned him high praise from his OIC.”
Deputy Chief Desmarais mentioned that Officer Hilton has been previously recognized by the LPD, and also by officials outside of the department, for his role in the Saugus River water rescue in 2011. He also stated that “Officer Hilton is held in high opinion by many in the department, but by none more than his partners and fellow officers on the Third Division.”
This month’s LPD ‘Officer of the Month’ is Detective Gary Hagerty, who is assigned to the Gang Unit. Detective Hagerty was nominated for this honor by Sergeant Edward Nardone, and this nomination was also seconded and approved by many of our CO’s/OIC’s, including Lieutenant Michael Vail of the Youth Services Unit.
In his written nomination, Sergeant Nardone stated that “Detective Hagerty is a hard working officer who brings a consistent level of quality police work to his position. He also explained that “Detective Hagerty self-initiates a great deal of the work he becomes involved in, which, in turn has resulted in many quality arrests and investigations being undertaken and solved.”
According to Sergeant Nardone, “Detective Hagerty continues to exhibit a knack for finding individuals and/or motor vehicles that have been BOLO`d for having been involved in serious crimes.” He relayed that on the evening of November 10, 2013, Detective Hagerty was well aware of a recent string of store robberies that had been committed by an armed individual and was conducting proactive patrol, and surveillance of variety stores in West Lynn. He was also aware of a possible motor vehicle involved in the November 7th armed robbery of the EZ Shop on Chestnut Street, and discovered a red Toyota wagon which had the same three plate numbers as reported by a witness. A Registry query of the license plate indicated the car to be a reported stolen vehicle. A lengthy surveillance was then conducted on the vehicle, involving Gang Unit and Second Division personnel, and eventually, the motor vehicle was towed back to the LPD for processing.
Sergeant Nardone also explained that on November 11, 2013, while again conducting proactive patrol, Detective Hagerty observed a motor vehicle that matched the description of a vehicle being operated by a warrant suspect. This individual was a person of interest in a large number of recent housebreaks, which included the home of a Swampscott police officer. Detective Hagerty then broadcast his observations, and with the assistance of Division personnel; the car was located on Wyman Street and the suspect operator was taken into custody without incident. The vehicle contained a flat screen TV as well as other personal belongings that most likely will be linked to other housebreaks in Lynn and surrounding communities. This vehicle was also towed to the LPD for further investigation and processing.
In conclusion, Sergeant Nardone stated that, “Detective Hagerty is a very capable officer whose efforts are appreciated by his co-workers and warrant consideration for this recognition.”
This month’s LPD ‘Officer of the Month’ is Officer Pablo Figueroa, who is assigned to the Second Division. Officer Figueroa was nominated for this honor by Lieutenant Christopher Kelly, and this nomination was also seconded and approved by many of our CO’s/OIC’s.
In his written nomination, Lieutenant Kelly stated that “Officer Figueroa has been a very solid officer on the Second Division.” He also explained that Officer Figueroa has been utilized as a training officer for the new officers over the past couple of months, and “has done a tremendous job working with these officers, has displayed a great deal of patience, and has taken the extra time to properly train them to thoroughly cover all details.”
Lieutenant Kelly also listed multiple incidents during the past month involving Officer Figueroa, including his arrest of a sexual assault suspect, for which he received a Letter of Appreciation on September 14, 2013. According to Lieutenant Kelly, “Officer Figueroa was vigilant with the description of the suspect, and then was able to chase him down after a foot pursuit.” The suspect was arrested on several charges, including Indecent Assault and Battery, and the victim later called the station to express her appreciation to all officers involved in this arrest.
Additional incidents that were discussed by Lieutenant Kelly included:
· On September 13th, Officer Figueroa conducted a thorough investigation of a motor vehicle accident which led to the arrest of a suspect for OUI Liquor, Unlicensed Operation and Open Container in a Motor Vehicle.
· On September 9th, Officer Figueroa arrested a male suspect for unlicensed operation and other warrants. Another accident investigation led to the arrest of this individual for several warrants and unlicensed operation.
· On September 7th, Officer Figueroa was on routine patrol and proactively engaged people on Essex Street. A thorough check confirmed that a female was lying about her identity and had several outstanding default warrants, and she was subsequently taken into custody
· On September 6th, while investigating a domestic assault and battery incident, Officer Figueroa and other officers arrested a male suspect on domestic charges.
· On September 3rd, Officer Figueroa was involved a foot pursuit of a male party, after this individual was observed breaking into several motor vehicles. Officer Figueroa then chased him, jumping over several fences and through yards, until the individual was eventually placed into custody, following a struggle on the ground.
Lieutenant Kelly also mentioned that along with Lieutenant Marie Hanlon, Sergeant Glenn Dunnigan, Officer Ron Brown, and Officer Titou Kim, Officer Figueroa was a recent member of the 2013 Ride to Remember.
In conclusion, Lieutenant Kelly stated that “Officer Figueroa does an outstanding job on a daily basis with a tremendous attitude, and he displays himself with a constant professionalism.”
This month’s LPD ‘Officer of the Month’ is Officer John Clem, who is assigned to the First Division. Officer Clem was nominated for this honor by Lieutenant David Brown and Lieutenant Lucas Dean, and this nomination was also seconded and approved by many of our CO’s/OIC’s.
In his written nomination, Lieutenant Brown explained that Officer Clem has been a member of the LPD since June 6, 2011, and is currently assigned to the Highlands area of the city. According to Lieutenant Brown, Officer Clem “has adapted to the demands of his job very well and has a strong work ethic.” He further stated that “Officer Clem addresses quality of life issues on his busy route, and has affected many arrests.”
Lieutenant Brown discussed two recent arrests involving Officer Clem, including an incident on August 30th when a suspect was taken into custody and charged with Stolen Motor Vehicle and Possession with Intent to Distribute. As a result of this arrest, approximately $700 in currency was also seized.
Lieutenant Brown also reported that on August 8th, Officer Clem and his partner responded to a Washington Street location on the report of a fight. When they arrived, they found that there was no fight, but they did make contact with an individual who advised them that nothing had happened. After identifying the individual and checking the area, the officers cleared the call. Approximately thirty minutes later, two individuals came to the station to report that they had been threatened with a handgun at the same Washington Street location. After hearing their story and the description of the suspect, Officer Clem immediately realized that it was the same individual that he had spoken to earlier. The officers returned to the address, located the suspect, and he was subsequently taken into custody, after a positive identification from the victim. Lieutenant Brown further stated that Officer Clem continued with this incident, and was able to obtain a search warrant for the suspect’s residence, where a handgun was located and seized as evidence.
This month’s LPD ‘Officer of the Month’ is Officer William Stilwell, who is assigned to the Third Division. Officer Stilwell was nominated for this honor by Sergeant Richard Carrow, and this nomination was also seconded and approved by many of our CO’s/OIC’s.
In his written nomination, Sergeant Carrow explained that Officer Stilwell has worked on the Third Division since joining the Department in 2011, and was recently temporarily assigned to the Drug Task Force during an “aggressive initiative to crack down on opiate abuse within the city.” Sergeant Carrow further stated, that along with his fellow officers who were also assigned, “Officer Stilwell did an outstanding job and displayed a keen awareness for narcotics interdiction.” He mentioned an incident on May 15, 2013, when Officer Stilwell was assigned as the uniformed officer for the day, and “was instrumental in the stop and takedown and subsequent seizure of a kilogram of heroin from two curriers who were transporting the heroin from Lynn to Salem.”
Sergeant Carrow also discussed Officer Stilwell’s efforts on July 9, 2013, when was on his way home from work, following his shift. Earlier during the shift, Officer Shawn Hogan had radioed the registration and description of a motor vehicle that had been reported stolen. According to Sergeant Carrow, “Officer Stilwell spotted the stolen vehicle and provided Intel to responding officers, who were able to stop the vehicle and arrest the suspect operator. The suspect subsequently cooperated with investigators from SIU, and a search warrant was prepared and executed at an Essex Street location. Due to Officer Stilwell’s keen awareness, a career criminal was taken into custody, and a huge seizure of narcotics and three firearms were taken off the streets.”
Sergeant Carrow also stated that he has spoken with Officer Stilwell’s Commanding Officer Lieutenant Stephen Haberek, who confirmed that “he is a very diligent and thorough officer who takes pride and displays a commitment to excellence in his duties and responsibilities on a daily basis.”
This month’s LPD ‘Officer of the Month’ is Officer Daniel Destefano, who is assigned to the Second Division. Officer Destefano was nominated for this honor by Deputy Chief Leonard Desmarais, and this nomination was also seconded and approved by many of our CO’s/OIC’s.
In his written nomination, Deputy Chief Desmarais stated that over the past month, Officer Destefano has made many self-initiated stops, which led to at least four arrests as described below:
* On May 26, 2013, he was on routine patrol at 0711 hours when he noticed a party “running” three unleashed dogs in Manning Field. This activity usually results in others being afraid to use the area. Officer Destefano approached the individual with the intent of having him restrain the dogs, but the individual’s resulting behavior concluded with his arrest, along with citations issued to him for leash violations.
* On June 10, 2013, Officer Destefano was on routine patrol at 0248 hours when he observed a motor vehicle operator on Boston Street commit a violation. The stop for the violation led to the arrest of the operator for Unlicensed Operation, as well as charges for Unregistered and Uninsured.
* Later on June 10th, he was on routine patrol at 0737 hours when he observed a motor vehicle operator on Range Avenue commit a violation. The stop for the violation led to the arrest of the operator on outstanding warrants.
* On June 13, 2013, Officer Destefano was on directed patrol at 0654 hours when he observed a motor vehicle operator on South Common Street commit a violation. The stop for the violation led to the arrest of the operator for Operating after Revocation, as well as for an Open Container Violation.
Deputy Chief Desmarais also discussed a report he had just received from Officer Destefano regarding an arrest he had made earlier that day, and stated that “his self-initiated efforts led to the arrest of an individual on an outstanding warrant out of Peabody District Court” and that that “his commitment to visibility, patrol, engagement and enforcement are noted and appreciated.”
This month’s LPD ‘Officer of the Month’ is Officer Brian Chisholm, who is assigned to our Support Services Unit. Officer Chisholm was nominated for this honor by Captain Edward Blake, and this nomination was also seconded and approved by many of our CO’s/OIC’s.
In his written nomination, Captain Blake stated that on Monday, April 15, 2013, Officer Chisholm had volunteered to help the Boston Athletic Association during the running of the Boston Marathon. He was assigned to Medical Tent A as part of the Finish Line Medical Sweep Team. Officer Chisholm was stationed approximately 300 feet from the finish line, and his primary function was to look for runners in distress, move them out of the flow of runners and provide aid, or move them up the medical chain. At 1450 hours on that afternoon, the first of two explosions rocked the stands closest to the finish line, where Officer Chisholm was stationed. Shortly after, a second explosion occurred further down Boylston Street.
Captain Blake explained that following the explosions, Officer Chisholm’s job responsibilities changed dramatically. Initially, he was instructed to hold his current position near Medical Tent A. After the Boston Police Department made a request for more medical assistance, Officer Chisholm volunteered and quickly made his way to the first bomb site. What he encountered upon his arrival was horrific and unimaginable. He assisted other volunteers and medical personnel in performing CPR on one of the many victims that needed immediate attention. He stayed with this individual and helped get her to Medical Tent A. This victim later succumbed to her injuries. Officer Chisholm then made his way back to the original scene, only to find that all the patients had been moved and the scene secured.
As stated by Captain Blake, “Officer Chisholm acted in a courageous and selfless manner with total disregard for his own safety. His heroism reflects the kind of person he is, and his actions reflect well on the City of Lynn and on the Lynn Police Department.” He also stated that “Officer Chisholm comes to work every day in his unassuming position in the IT Department. He always answers the phone when he is not working, no matter what time of day, to help with any IT problem that Division Commanding Officers are dealing with. He takes his job seriously and always does a great job, with consistent dedication and commitment to his responsibilities.”
This month’s LPD ‘Officer of the Month’ is Detective Stephen Withrow, who is currently assigned to the Gang Unit. Detective Withrow was nominated for this honor by Lieutenant Michael Vail, and this nomination was also seconded and approved by many of our CO’s/OIC’s, including Gang Unit OIC Sergeant Edward Nardone.
In his written nomination, Lieutenant Vail discussed the high level of professionalism consistently displayed by Detective Withrow, and stated that he “pays attention to detail and thoroughly completes any assignment he is given.” He specifically mentioned an incident on April 1, 2013, when Detective Withrow was following up a robbery that took place at a Hillside Avenue location, during which a female was robbed of $3000 cash by an unknown male. Lieutenant Vail stated that Detective Withrow was familiar with the address and the associates that frequent that location, and because of this knowledge, he was able to identify the suspect. According to Lieutenant Vail, the male party, who was subsequently charged and arrested for the robbery, is a violent gang member from Boston with an extensive criminal history.
Lieutenant Vail also added that March 21, 2013, Detective Withrow, along with the other members of the Gang Unit, wrapped up a portion of a lengthy Federal Gang Investigation. Operation “Whiplash” resulted in the arrest of 10 individuals from Lynn and several others in Revere, New Bedford, Chelsea and Dorchester. Approximately 16 dangerous criminals were taken off the street as a result of this operation.
According to Lieutenant Vail, “he has received praise from the District Attorney’s Office on how well Detective Withrow prepares for his criminal trials and represents our department when testifying on the stand.” He also mentioned that Detective Withrow teaches at the Reading Police Academy, sharing his years of experience and knowledge with the academy recruits.
This month’s LPD ‘Officer of the Month’ is Officer Joshua Hilton, who is currently assigned to the Third Division, and who, along with Officers Ronald Brown and Ryan Dulong, recently completed a temporary assignment to the Drug Task Force. Officer Hilton was nominated for this honor by Sergeant Richard Carrow, and this nomination was also seconded and approved by many of our CO’s/OIC’s.
In his written nomination, Sergeant Carrow explained that Officer Hilton and his fellow officers were temporarily assigned to the Drug Task Force from November through mid-February for the purpose of making a strong impact on the ability to obtain opiates, primarily heroin within the city; and stated that “all three demonstrated a willingness to learn and a dedicated commitment to the task at hand.” According to Sergeant Carrow, the efforts of Officer Hilton and his fellow officers led to 58 arrests (36 drug, 13 warrant, 9 other) , as well as the seizures of 5 Firearms, 256 grams of heroin, 108 grams of cocaine, $35,000.00 of marijuana, $5,980.00 of prescription pills and $11,441.00 in cash.
Sergeant Carrow also stated that beginning in January, Officer Hilton participated in an investigation initiated by the Gang Unit, and acted as an undercover officer for the purpose of making buys of heroin from a target source in Lynn. According to Sergeant Carrow, “Officer Hilton did a fantastic job in dealing with the informant, from the initial introduction throughout the numerous undercover buys he made from the target.” Sergeant Carrow said that the final buy took place on February 4, 2013, and the target, (who was wanted on two outstanding Distribution of Heroin warrants at the time) was placed in custody, along with another suspect. During the arrest, officers found that the target had an additional 150 grams of heroin in his jacket pocket. Sergeant Carrow also noted that he is currently incarcerated and awaiting Grand Jury indictment on Trafficking Heroin over 100 Grams.
Sergeant Carrow further mentioned that “Officer Hilton is a quiet and unassuming officer who goes about his daily duties and responsibilities in a very professional manner, effectively getting the job done and done well. He is thought of very highly by his peers as well as his supervisors. He takes pride in his route and is very conscientious and diligent in how he goes about solving the various problems and incidents he encounters. He can often be seen helping out newer officers with questions regarding policy and procedure as well.” He also mentioned that in addition to his patrol responsibilities, Officer Hilton was recently chosen as a Special Response Team member and “has been an outstanding patrol officer since he joined the Department.”
This month’s LPD ‘Officer of the Month’ is Officer John Meaney, who is currently assigned to the Traffic Unit. Officer Meaney was nominated for this honor by Sergeant Edward Shinnick, and this nomination was also seconded and approved by many of our CO’s/OIC’s.
In his written nomination, Sergeant Shinnick discussed two recent incidents involving Officer Meaney. He relayed that on January 29, 2013, Officer Meaney observed a blue Mitsubishi passing cars on the right, and immediately stopped the vehicle. The operator turned out to be unlicensed and Officer Meaney arrested him without incident and filed all the necessary paperwork. As stated by Sergeant Shinnick, “although this may be considered a routine traffic stop, Officer Meaney has been very consistent during his whole career in making car stops, in issuing citations, and in making arrests when appropriate.”
Sergeant Shinnick also mentioned that on January 11, 2013, Officer Meaney responded to a York Road location to assist Officers Estes, Fitzgerald and Gorman with a domestic call. After a struggle, one person was taken into custody for domestic A&B and resisting arrest. Sergeant Shinnick stated that this is often the type of call where Officer Meaney provides assistance to Division.
Sergeant Shinnick stated that “Officer Meaney constantly does his work in the traffic unit without much fanfare.” He went on to say that “Officer Meaney has always assisted Division with calls while he is working, following up on hit and run incidents, following up on OUI cases, doing search warrants, working a lot of division overtime, either in Dispatch or out in a car, as well as working numerous details. According to Sergeant Shinnick, “it does not matter what his particular assignment might be, Officer Meaney is always hard working and consistent in all of his duties.”
This month’s LPD ‘Officer of the Month’ is Officer Timothy Nerich, who is currently assigned to the Third Division. Officer Nerich was nominated for this honor by Lieutenant Stephen Haberek, and this nomination was also seconded and approved by many of our CO’s/OIC’s.
In his written nomination, Lieutenant Haberek stated that, “Tim is hard working, he is proactive, and he has been involved in several notable arrests recently.” He then described an incident that took place on December 21, 2012, when Officer Nerich was working with Officer Oren Wright. They were responding with Division cars to investigate shots fired on Bassett Street, and while in the area of Lewis Street; they observed two males that they knew to have lengthy criminal records, including firearms and drug charges. According to Lieutenant Haberek, the officers took note of their suspicious behavior and initiated a Terry stop. One of the male suspects took off running and Officer Nerich then pursued him on foot. Shortly after he observed the suspect discard a cell phone and a plastic baggie, Officer Nerich apprehended him and then recovered a large amount of cash and quantity of narcotics.
Lieutenant Haberek also mentioned an incident that took place the following day and explained that while patrolling his route; Officer Nerich noticed a motor vehicle with a single male occupant on Houghton Street, who he believed could be involved in illegal drug activity. He conducted a car stop, recovered cocaine and subsequently arrested the suspect.
As stated by Lieutenant Haberek, “both of these incidents are examples of good police work. Tim knows the players, he has his head in the game, and he is always willing to do the work. These aren’t always the most important arrests, but they have a positive impact on our neighborhoods.”
This month’s LPD ‘Officer of the Month’ is Officer John Dean, who is currently assigned to the Second Division. Officer Dean was nominated for this honor by Lieutenant James Shorten, and this nomination was also seconded and approved by many of our CO’s/OIC’s.
In his written nomination, Lieutenant Shorten began by explaining that Officer Dean is the primary dispatcher for the Second Division on the same two days that he is assigned to that division. As stated by Lieutenant Shorten, “While there is no single incident that makes Officer Dean stand out, it is his continued professionalism while working in his capacity as dispatcher that makes him unique.” Lieutenant Shorten went on to say that, “The Second Division, while sometimes quiet, can also become very hectic and it is during these times, when Officer Dean shines. He is able to remain calm and focused when several things are going on at the same time and he keeps track of the cruisers and does not panic when things get busy.” Lieutenant Shorten also mentioned that Officer Dean is very professional and empathetic with people while assisting them on the phone, and on many occasions; simultaneously keeps track of cruisers going off on calls and officers who are calling off on details during the Division “rush” hours of 0600 – 0855, while WMS 7 service and other functions are underway.
Other officers also spoke on Officer Dean’s behalf, including First Division Commanding Officer Lieutenant David Brown, who stated that “he takes on a leadership role when dispatching.”