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 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.”
This month’s LPD ‘Officer of the Month’ is Officer James McIntyre, who is currently assigned to the First Division. Officer McIntyre was nominated for this honor by Lieutenant David Brown, and this nomination was also seconded and approved by many of our CO’s/OIC’s.
In his written nomination, Lieutenant Brown discussed an incident on October 20, 2012, when Officer McIntyre, along with several other officers, responded to the Harwood Street area after receiving a report of a shooting. Lieutenant Brown explained that while in the area of the Lynn Commons, Officer McIntyre immediately noticed a male and two females walking inside the Commons. Upon approaching and speaking to these individuals, Officer McIntyre also observed another male party hiding behind a tree. This person had his hands in the area of his waist band and initially refused to comply with Officer McIntyre's instructions, but he was soon able to pat-frisk him and located a PM9 9 mm firearm in the male party’s pants pocket. Additional LPD units then arrived on the scene, and the suspect was taken into custody in connection with the shots fired incident, and was also later charged with firearms offenses.
As stated by Lieutenant Brown, “Officer McIntyre, who is a veteran officer with years of experience, is currently assigned to Car 16, and Car 8 in East Lynn, and has been involved in numerous OUI and Domestic related arrests, on this busy route.” He also included input from Sector Sergeant Thomas McDermott, who “agrees that Officer McIntyre practices route ownership, and has great instincts for police work. “
This month’s LPD ‘Officer of the Month’ is Detective Thomas Mulvey, who is currently assigned to the Criminal Investigation Division. Detective Mulvey 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 reported that so far this year, Detective Mulvey has been the arresting officer, or one of the arresting officers, in twenty-five self-initiated arrests. He said that many of these arrests were for narcotics offenses and “stem from the additional effort that he puts in towards addressing the city’s crime rate, by targeting those who drive it, the heroin addicts.” Deputy Chief Desmarais also stated that “Detective Mulvey’s ongoing commitment in this area goes above and beyond his regular assignment in the Criminal Investigation Division.” He also mentioned that in addition to conducting investigations, Detective Mulvey is the department’s representative to the Governor’s Auto Theft Task Force and “also puts a lot of additional effort into addressing that piece of the crime rate as well.” Deputy Chief Desmarais further stated that “Detective Mulvey also has an excellent working relationship with Division officers, thus facilitating the exchange of information between patrol and investigations; which in the end makes the entire department more effective.”
This month’s LPD ‘Officer of the Month’ is Officer Shawn Hogan who is currently assigned to the CLT Unit. Officer Hogan was nominated for this honor by Sergeant Glenn Dunnigan and this nomination was also seconded and approved by many of our CO’s/OIC’s.
In his written nomination, Sergeant Dunnigan explained that in his new assignment as OIC of the CLT Unit, he has spent the first few weeks trying to familiarize himself with the workings of the unit and that he learned very quickly how busy the officers have been addressing the problems throughout their respective routes. According to Sergeant Dunnigan, “Officer Hogan took the time to bring him up to date on the daily operations of the CLT Unit and was a great help in setting things up.” He also said that the other CLT officers let him know that Officer Hogan has taken on a leadership role over the past several months and used his experiences as a veteran officer and former CLT officer, to help guide the younger officers in the unit with their new positions as a CLT.
Sergeant Dunnigan also said that over the past month, he has been “quite impressed with the workload that Officer Hogan has been juggling in his daily routine.” He went on to say that Officer Hogan has been working closely with the owners of the problem properties on Arlington Street and meeting with the neighbors to help resolve the issues in the area. He has made several "quality of life" arrests in and around that area to get the message out that certain types of behavior just will not be tolerated and he has followed up with ISD and City Hall in an attempt to work with the landlords to get these properties cleaned up.
Sergeant Dunnigan stated that Officer Hogan has also been dealing with ongoing problems along Sagamore Street, a location from which the department has received numerous complaints from business owners and residents about the homeless setting up camps in that area. According to Sergeant Dunnigan, Officer Hogan has made several arrests in that location for a variety of charges in an effort to combat this problem. He also mentioned that Officer Hogan has also been in weekly contact with Ann Marie Leonard and Community Development about complaints received regarding the activities of a homeless individual in the back of City Hall. Officer Hogan was able to identify a possible suspect, and put his name and photo out to the route cars. He has also met with a South Common Street insurance company owner when similar problems began to occur at the back of his business. The owner had called the department to submit a report, Officer Hogan got all the information, and he immediately made SIU, Division, and other units aware of these activities.
Sergeant Dunnigan also mentioned that Officer Hogan took on the responsibility of organizing and coordinating a citywide "Bike Safety Rodeo" with Lisa Nerich of Lynn Parks and Recreation, which resulted in participation by youths from all over the city. This event was a great success and received high praise from the youths in attendance, their parents, and Lynn Parks and Recreation.
As stated by Sergeant Dunnigan, “Officer Hogan has been a very proactive officer throughout his entire route. He knows the players that have been involved in recent shootings, drug complaints, and other incidents, and is working closely with his route officers and special units to gather intelligence and resolve the investigations.” Sergeant Dunnigan also said that Officer Hogan has an excellent working relationship with the route officers that cover his area in Car 9 and Car 15, and that “he has seen first-hand, the outstanding effort Officer Hogan puts in every time he works his shift and the passion he still has for addressing and solving any problem on his route.”
This month’s LPD ‘Officer of the Month’ is Officer Craig Fountain, who is currently assigned to the Third Division. Officer Fountain 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 explained that Officer Fountain is assigned to the busiest area of the city and that his route covers the Highlands, Downtown, and the Broad Street/Estes Street area. He further stated that “Officer Fountain consistently performs at a high level and has been directly involved in several significant arrests” and that “he knows his route and the players.” According to Lieutenant Haberek, “Officer Fountain’s attention to detail through proactive enforcement involving warrant arrests, prostitution, drug activity, and anti-social behavior serves to have a positive impact on the local businesses and also improves the quality of life for residents of the city. He has demonstrated an ability and willingness to communicate and share information with other agencies such as ISD, Probation, the Court Clinician and others in order to more effectively address ongoing problems and bring relief to neighborhood residents. He is also an officer who understands and embraces the responsibility for training new officers in the appropriate skills and procedures that are necessary to help them quickly adapt to the significant demands of being a patrol officer in this busy city.”
Lieutenant Haberek also discussed Officer Fountain’s strong sense of route responsibility, and stated that “he is quick to clear his calls and head right back out to proactive patrol.” He described an incident that took place on July 26th when Officer Fountain and his partner were finishing an arrest at the station. Dispatch received a call for a robbery at the Century Bank on State Street, and without hesitation, the officers cleared and responded. Officers Fountain and Timothy Nerich were the first to arrive, and they quickly apprehended the female suspect as she was being chased by the bank manager on Market Street. “Because of his professionalism and commitment to duty, Officer Fountain was able capture the suspect and gather critical physical and testimonial evidence in this bank robbery.”
Lieutenant Haberek also stated that Sergeant Flynn made him aware of Officer Fountain’s assistance during an incident on Rogers Avenue last month involving a suicidal individual. On July 14th, a distraught female climbed a stone wall and threatened to jump. She was also holding a piece of glass to her throat. Officer Fountain engaged the female in an attempt to talk her down. The female was able to take a large stone from the wall and move to a roof, and she then threatened to throw it at officers on scene. Eventually, Sergeant Flynn was able to get to the female, and with Officer Fountain’s help, she was taken into custody without further incident.
As stated by Lieutenant Haberek, “I believe Officer Fountain demonstrates exceptional dedication to his duties and responsibilities as a Lynn Police Officer and is deserving of this recognition.”
This month’s LPD ‘Officer of the Month’ is Officer Stephen Emery, who is currently assigned to the Third Division. Officer Emery 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 Emery proactively patrols his route and engages people. He takes the time to pay extra attention to the residential areas that are often the scene for drug deals and housebreaks during weekday hours when the majority of the residents are at work.” Deputy Chief Desmarais went on to say that “Officer Emery has made several arrests as a result of self- initiated stops he has made in Pine Hill and Veterans Village, and that on June 4, 2012, he investigated two parties in a parked motor vehicle and subsequently arrested an individual from Winthrop on outstanding warrants.
Deputy Chief Desmarais also explained that Officer Emery played a primarily role in two recent high profile arrests by the Third Division. On June 19, 2012, Officer Emery and his partner were the primary responding and reporting unit to a B&E in progress at a residence on Boston Street. His efforts, along with those of his fellow officers, led to the arrest of the suspect after a lengthy foot chase. On June 20, 2012, Officer Emery and his partner were the primary responding and reporting unit to the armed robbery of a convenience store on Boston Street, when once again, his efforts in conjunction with his fellow officers, led to the arrest of the suspect after a brief motor vehicle pursuit and foot chase. As stated by Deputy Chief Desmarais, “these three recent examples are evidence of Officer Emery’s continuing effort on his route and reflect his route knowledge and route ownership.”
In his written nomination, Sergeant Carrow discussed recent cases involving illegal narcotics trafficking in two specific Lynn locations. Sergeant Carrow stated that both of the suspects “were very well known to route officers that work the area and to officers who work narcotics. Both have lengthy histories and are experienced in protecting their illegal distribution enterprises. They are both also very well known to area residents who have grown weary of their illegal activities which have adversely affected the overall quality of life in their respective neighborhoods.”
According to Sergeant Carrow, due to Detective Ferraro’s persistent and highly professional efforts, he was able to effectively bring both problems to a close. On March 27, 2012, a search warrant was executed for one of the locations, and as a result, one of the suspects was placed in custody for Possession Class B with intent to Distribute as well as other charges, and another individual was also arrested on an outstanding warrant for Assault DW. Detective Ferraro’s investigation of the second location led to the execution of a search warrant and the suspect was subsequently placed into custody for Distribution Class a heroin 2 counts. Sergeant Carrow further stated that individual is currently out on bail for Trafficking heroin over 28 grams. Sergeant Carrow pointed out that these are only two small incidents that Detective Ferraro was directly involved in, but to the neighbors in the area, they are huge successes.
Sergeant Carrow also stated that “Detective Ferraro continues to display a high level of professionalism and dedication to duty in his assignment on a daily basis, and he has been instrumental in serving in a capacity similar to a field training officer for the three additional officer who have been temporarily assigned to the Drug Task Force.” He cited further examples of Detective Ferraro’s efforts, including the identification of a large scale heroin supplier who lives in Lynn and sells his product in the Saugus, Malden, Melrose, Wakefield areas daily. Sergeant Carrow explained that due to the cooperative efforts of members of the LPD Drug Task Force and Saugus Police, this case should be successfully completed in the near future. He also mentioned the previous day’s arrests of two suspects which led to the seizure of 220 grams of heroin and 160 grams of cocaine.
According to Sergeant Carrow, “Detective Ferraro is a very conscientious and determined investigator who is excellent at utilizing all of his resources to bring a successful conclusion to his work. He is highly respected and admired by his peers in the narcotics investigators field at both the state and federal levels. As frustrating as drug work can be Detective Ferraro always maintains a high level of integrity and professionalism in his duty.”
This month’s LPD ‘Officer of the Month’ is Detective Roger Tinkham, who is assigned to the Domestic Violence/Sexual Assault Unit. Detective Tinkham was nominated for this honor by Lieutenant Marie Hanlon and this nomination was also seconded and approved by many of our CO’s/OIC’s.
In her written nomination, Lieutenant Hanlon mentioned that Detective Tinkham has been an investigator in the Domestic Violence/Sexual Assault Unit for close to two years now and quickly has become very good at interrogations of suspects. She described a recent incident when Division officers came across a vehicle with an adult male and a juvenile female passenger. Due to their manner of dress, it appeared to the officers that a sexual assault may have taken place. The victim, who was 11 years old, would not give any type of disclosure which would have allowed officers or investigators to charge the suspect with a sexual offense. Through his skilled interrogation techniques, Detective Tinkham was able to get a confession from the suspect, who was subsequently charged with Rape of a Child as well as Indecent Assault and Battery on a Child under 14 years.
Lieutenant Hanlon also reported that several days prior to this incident, a woman came into the station to report concerns about her boyfriend viewing child pornography on a family computer. She explained that “Due to several issues we were not able to immediately charge anyone, however, during Detective Tinkham’s interview of the male suspect, he admitted to the crime of downloading/viewing child pornography.”
Lieutenant Hanlon went on to say that “Detective Tinkham has been instrumental in many other cases since being in the unit. His ability to interview the most distraught victims and obtain detailed descriptions of the crimes committed upon them and his ability to locate suspects (both out of the state and out of the country), as well as his many accomplishments in obtaining recorded confessions from suspects/defendants in these most serious crimes has allowed us to get these predators off the streets.”
This month’s LPD ‘Officer of the Month’ is Officer Kelly Aylward, who is assigned to the Second Division, and was temporarily assigned to the Drug Task Force from January 11 - March 3, 2012. Officer Aylward 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 explained that the mission and goal of Officer Aylward’s temporary assignment was to have her act in an undercover capacity and attempt to infiltrate the heroin distribution trade. He stated that in early February, her assignment was extended for another month “due to the tremendous impact and success she was having on the illicit narcotics trade in and around greater Lynn.” According to Sergeant Carrow, “Not only did Officer Aylward act in an undercover capacity and make controlled purchases of narcotics, but she also assumed all of the duties and responsibilities of the officers assigned to the Unit. She handled non-fatal heroin overdoses and she authored her first affidavit in support of search warrant at a Jefferson Street location where the suspects have been a long time problem for the Department and the community in general, in terms of illicit narcotics distribution. The result of Officer Aylward’s search warrant was the recovery of a firearm for which the suspect was charged and is scheduled to be adopted by the US Attorney’s Office as a Career Criminal.”
Sergeant Carrow stated that another example of Officer Aylward’s success was she acted in an undercover capacity along with Trooper Racki, and they made numerous controlled purchases of heroin from a suspect of a Parkland Avenue location. This case came to a conclusion when the suspect, an illegal re-entry into the USA, delivered four “fingers” (46 grams) of heroin to them.
He also explained that the above listed cases “are only two examples from Officer Aylward’s two month temporary assignment, which has been tremendously successful for the Unit,” and gave the following stats that are attributed to her efforts: 8 search warrants executed, 14 arrests for narcotics charges, 4 Firearms, 300 grams of heroin, 120 grams of cocaine, $1,000.00 ecstasy, $1,000.00 marijuana and approximately $25,000.00 cash recovered and seized.
As stated by Sergeant Carrow, “Officer Aylward entered into the assignment in the proper frame of mind; wanting to learn and question those who have been involved in undercover work. She listened and took the advice and incorporated it into her work. I personally witnessed her engaged with drug dependant persons as well as drug dealers and she was exceptional in her role. She was knowledgeable, convincing and quick thinking on her feet when needed. She was a tremendous asset to the Unit during her temporary assignment and I believe the goal was accomplished.”
This month’s LPD ‘Officer of the Month’ is Detective Stephen Withrow, who is assigned to the Gang Unit. Detective Withrow 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.
In his written nomination, Sergeant Nardone stated that he considers Detective Withrow to be “a very thorough and competent investigator.” He explained that Detective Withrow played a very important roll in a recent murder trial. According to Sergeant Nardone, Detective Withrow located and maintained contact with a witness who was critical to the Prosecution’s case and also sat with her and her extended family through trial preparation and throughout the trial. Along with the A.D.A. assigned to the case, Detective Withrow provided support and reaffirmed why this witness should “do the right thing” and tell the truth regarding what she had witnessed on the night of the murder. Ultimately the witness did testify truthfully, and according to the A.D.A. “this was vital to the defendant being convicted of First Degree murder.”
Sergeant Nardone also mentioned that the efforts of Detective Withrow were instrumental last year during another murder trial, and through his hard work, located family members of a similar reluctant witness. The family members provided him with information that lead to the witness being located outside the country, where she had fled in an attempt to avoid having to cooperate at the trial. Working with the District Attorney’s Office, Detective Withrow was able to convince the witness to return to Massachusetts and provide truthful testimony, which was also considered vital to the defendant being convicted of Second Degree murder.
As stated by Sergeant Nardone, “Detective Withrow is very knowledgeable in regards to our local gangs, their culture and members. Often times, Gang Unit investigators conduct follow-ups with both uncooperative victims and witnesses. While this certainly presents challenges, Detective Withrow, on many occasions, has worked through this to where we can identify suspect(s) even though formal charges can not be brought forward due to that lack of cooperation.”
Sergeant Nardone also stated that “Detective Withrow is well known and considered as a point of contact throughout the North Shore for Law Enforcement” and that “his ability to coordinate and network with outside agencies has proved successful especially within long term investigations.” According to Sergeant Nardone, “while everyone does their part to make our long term investigations operate smoothly, I have noted on more than one occasion that Detective Withrow is well respected by both local and federal prosecutors and that he is most deserving of their praise.”
This month’s LPD ‘Officer of the Month’ is Officer John Bernard, who is assigned to the Second Division. Officer Bernard was nominated for this honor by Deputy Chief Leonard Desmarais and 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 described an incident in late November during which Officer Bernard, who was assigned to Car 17 and on patrol with Officer Tran, responded to several calls for a disturbance in the area of South Elm and Lowell Streets. Originally the call was unfounded, due to no obvious disturbance; but Officer Bernard opted to stay in the area, making several checks of area properties. As a result of his diligence, he located and identified a known suspect attempting to hide in his vehicle in the rear of a Lowell Street location. This individual was subsequently arrested and charged with trafficking Class B, carrying a loaded firearm, carrying a switchblade and several other articles, including a cuff key and a baton.
As stated by Lieutenant Shorten, ‘this extra effort by Officer Bernard to remain in the area and make a thorough check of all suspicious vehicles and persons that might be the source of the call shows initiative, and makes participation in criminal activity in the West Lynn area a more difficult enterprise.” Lieutenant Shorten also pointed out that Officer Bernard was working with one of our newest officers that morning, and served as an example that “being diligent in your duties and digging deeper can lead to the arrest of a serious felon and the removal of a handgun and narcotics from the streets.”
In addition to this incident, Lieutenant Shorten also mentioned that Officer Bernard was involved in the rescue attempts in the Saugus River on December 5th, following the serious motor vehicle crash that claimed one life, and more than likely would have claimed another, had it not been for the efforts of the responding officers at the scene. “Officer Bernard entered the Saugus River with other LPD officers with no regard for his own safety, and made several attempts to rescue the occupants of the sunken motor vehicle.”
This month’s LPD ‘Officer of the Month’ is Officer Michael Crosby, who is assigned to the Second Division. Officer Crosby was nominated for this honor by Lieutenant David Brown and this nomination was also seconded and approved by many of our CO’s/OIC’s.
In his written nomination, Lieutenant Brown described a recent incident during which Officer Crosby, while off duty, assisted in securing a suicidal female mental health patient. Lieutenant Brown stated that while working the First Division, he had been flagged down by EMT personal requesting assistance, after a patient had fled from their ambulance and was attempting to harm herself by jumping in front of Lynnfield Street traffic. Lieutenant Brown immediately called in for assistance, and Officer Crosby, who was returning home from SRT Training, responded to the scene. With the help of Officer Crosby, the patient was moved out of the street, and was subsequently secured and transported to the hospital for treatment.
In addition, Lieutenant Brown stated that Officer Crosby was involved in the rescue efforts at the recent Fox Hill Bridge incident, and along with his fellow officers, “went above and beyond in an attempt to save the victims.” He further stated that “Officer Crosby is a solid police officer and is always ready to assist, no matter what the challenge, and would be an excellent choice for Officer of the Month.”
This month’s LPD ‘Officer of the Month’ is Detective Anne Magner, who is currently assigned to the Youth Services Unit. Detective Magner 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.
In his written nomination, Lieutenant Vail stated that Detective Magner is responsible for supervising 42 school crossing guards in the city of Lynn. A portion of her duties include completing background checks for all applicants, hiring and then training the staff. Detective Magner is also responsible for keeping track of their working hours and submitting this information to Payroll each week, as well as ensuring that all of the crossing guards’ posts are covered. As stated by Lieutenant Vail, “this is not an easy task when you factor in sick days, vacation days and last minute issues that have to be dealt with on a daily basis.” According to Lieutenant Vail, Detective Magner has also been working closely with the DPW to ensure that the cross walks are properly painted at all of the schools to keep the students going to and from school safe.
Lieutenant Vail also mentioned that aside from the above listed duties, Detective Magner has the responsibility of investigating most of the Missing Person’s Cases that are reported to our department. Detective Magner has developed many contacts over the years from local and state agencies and continues to have a great working relationship with them.
As stated by Lieutenant Vail, “I believe that Detective Magner should be recognized as ‘Officer of the Month’ for the hard work she does that goes under the radar.”
This month’s LPD ‘Officer of the Month’ is Detective Ross Panacopoulos, who is currently assigned to the Special Investigations Unit. Detective Panacopoulos was nominated for this honor by Lieutenant Peter Holey and this nomination was also seconded and approved by many of our CO’s/OIC’s.
In his written nomination, Lieutenant Holey stated that he has been extremely impressed with the professionalism displayed by all of the officers assigned to his unit, since he began his current assignment in SIU several months ago. He went on to discuss a recent prostitution arrest by Detective Panacopoulos, who was able to convince the individual arrested to turn on her street level drug dealer. After the suspected dealer was taken into custody and a search warrant of his residence was granted; quantities of heroin, cocaine and marijuana, along with U. S. currency was seized. As stated by Lieutenant Holey, “because of the extra effort by Detective Panacopoulos, this arrest was able to rid a mostly elderly housing complex of a drug dealer and also disrupted a heroin and cocaine pipeline to many of the city’s prostitutes.”
Lieutenant Holey also stated that Detective Panacopoulos recently executed search warrants at two locations after lengthy and well-conducted investigations. According to Lieutenant Holey, “These incidents are examples of the type of work product that the detective has produced for many years.”
According to Lieutenant Holey, “these investigations are indicative of the work that Detective Ross Panacopoulos does on a daily basis.”
This month’s LPD ‘Officer of the Month’ is Officer Michael Gorman, who is currently assigned to the 2nd Division. Officer Gorman was nominated for this honor by Lieutenant Lucas Dean, and this nomination was also seconded and approved by many of our CO’s/OIC’s.
In his written nomination, Lieutenant Dean mentioned that since his appointment in 2006, Officer Gorman has worked on the 2nd Division in West Lynn, assigned to Car 17 for two shifts and Car 7 for his other two shifts. As stated by Lieutenant Dean, “From Day 1 on the job, Officer Gorman has consistently demonstrated a strong work ethic and commitment to the department and to the city. He regularly engages individuals on his route and displays exceptional route ownership and route knowledge skills.”
Lieutenant Dean described a recent incident on August 16th at approximately 0250 hours, when Officer Gorman observed a male party riding a bicycle in the area of Boston and Cottage Streets, who then got off his bicycle and began going through a bag he was carrying. Being suspicious of this behavior, Officer Gorman immediately engaged him to investigate and his encounter revealed that the suspect was carrying a knife, a box cutter and other assorted tools. The individual was also in possession of personal property consistent with items taken from several motor vehicle breaks. He was subsequently identified and taken into custody.
Lieutenant Dean went on to say that not only is this incident a clear illustration of Officer Gorman's alertness and dedication to duty, he also pointed out that he gives a consistent work performance and exhibits proactive police work every day.
In follow-ups to Lieutenant Dean’s written nomination, other OIC’s described Officer Gorman as being “diligent, proactive, a good source of information, and highly professional.”
This month’s LPD ‘Officer of the Month’ is Officer Raymond Guillermo, who is currently assigned to the First Division. Officer Guillermo 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 Guillermo is a twenty five year veteran of the
department and has spent the majority of his career, other than assignments to
the Anti-Crime Team and the Special Investigations Unit, on Division. He then
listed the following recent events involving Officer Guillermo, to demonstrate
that Officer Guillermo is very deserving of this recognition.
Deputy Chief Desmarais also mentioned that In addition to the above listed incidents, Officer Guillermo is a member of the department’s honor guard and is a frequent volunteer to represent the department at wakes, funerals and other events.
In a follow-up to Deputy Desmarais’ written nomination, First Division CO Lieutenant David Brown stated that “Officer Guillermo is always upbeat, and ready to work! He practices route ownership, and will handle whatever challenge comes his way.”
This month’s LPD ‘Officer of the Month’ is Officer Titou Kim, who is currently assigned to the First Division. Officer Kim was nominated for this honor by Lieutenant David Brown, and this nomination was also seconded and approved by many of our CO’s/OIC’s.
In his written nomination, Lieutenant Brown discussed feedback he received from Sergeant Tom McDermott, who had been on the scene at the Wayne Avenue armed home invasion incident on 6/10/11, and observed Officer Kim’s high level of professionalism as an LPD crisis negotiator. As stated by Lieutenant Brown, “Officer Kim’s negotiation skills convinced a suspect to exit the residence and surrender. In addition, through his continued efforts speaking to another suspect in both Khmer and English, Officer Kim convinced him to exit the residence and move to the front porch of the building. This allowed officers to have a tactical advantage and also keep the suspect away from the hostage. After approximately 4 hours of working towards a peaceful surrender of the armed suspect, officers were forced to return fire when fired upon.”
Lieutenant Brown went on to say that Officer Kim, who is also a member of the LPD Honor Guard, is assigned to Car 9’s route for 2 days and assigned to the house for 2 days. According to Lieutenant Brown, “he is a conscientious and diligent worker and an asset to the First Division.”
This month’s LPD ‘Officer of the Month’ is Officer Domingo Polonia, who is currently assigned to the Third Division. Officer Polonia 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 discussed several incidents that took place on May 17, 2011, when Officer Polonia was assigned to house duties on the Third Division. While Officer Polonia working at Dispatch 1, Car 9 called in from the scene of a motor vehicle accident on Bassett Street to report a disturbance and several persons in the street. According to Lieutenant Shorten, the motor vehicle accident was actually a more serious incident involving assault and battery with a motor vehicle; and was also gang related, with vehicles leaving the scene and a possible firearm involved. The subsequent investigation by several LPD units led officers to several different locations within the city. A brief car chase subsequently took place at one of those locations, and ended with the seizure of a firearm and narcotics.
At the same time that this investigation was going on, officers from the Domestic Violence/Sexual Assault Unit observed a subject with outstanding warrants in the area of Leighton Street, and a foot pursuit of this individual began. This pursuit also involved several LPD units, along with the Sherriff Department’s K9 Unit.
During this entire time period, with several cruisers involved in two different investigations and foot and vehicle pursuits in two different parts of the city, as well as various units asking for information over the radio and the phone; Officer Polonia showed exceptional patience and awareness of exactly where all the responding officers were located. As stated by Lieutenant Shorten, “This was a daunting task, as the units, due to the dynamic nature of these incidents, did not always make it clear where they were located. Officer Polonia was instrumental in keeping track of what had transpired, the locations of the responding vehicles, and he made the Command Staff aware of what was going on while he also fielded phone calls regarding these and other incidents that required police attention.”
Lieutenant Shorten went on to say that “based on his experience with Officer Polonia, he consistently shows patience and a professional demeanor on the radio, even during highly stressful situations such as the one described above, and on other occasions where incidents have been extremely confusing and fast moving. He has a high level of pride in his position, is extremely helpful and knowledgeable about where units are located, and is instrumental in keeping the division running smoothly.” Further comments regarding Officer Polonia by the OIC’s in attendance also referred to “his great attitude, his knowledge of the job, and his pride in what he does.”
This month’s LPD ‘Officer of the Month’ is Officer Edward Monahan, who is currently assigned to the Second Division. Officer Monahan was nominated for this honor by Lieutenant Peter Holey, and this nomination was also seconded and approved by many of our CO’s/OIC’s.
In his written nomination, Lieutenant Holey discussed the incident that took place on April 2, 2011, when Officer Monahan was on routine patrol in the area of Boston Street, and observed a disturbance in the parking lot of Wendy’s Restaurant. Lieutenant Holey further explained that Officer Monahan had encountered a stabbing incident, during which the victim sustained a serious wound to the neck. He quickly apprehended the two (2) suspects at gunpoint while back-up arrived on the scene; and the victim was given life saving medical aid.
Lieutenant Holey went on to say that although this particular incident definitely stood out, he was nominating Officer Monahan for what he does on a routine basis. As stated by Lieutenant Holey, “With Officer Monahan, a task assigned is a task completed. He follows an assignment long after it leaves a memo, and he is constantly checking areas that were a problem months ago to ensure that they don’t become a problem again. Officer Monahan, a 25 year veteran of the Department, takes pride in the fact that he has worked the Highlands for his entire career and has refused the offer of reassignment to a less taxing area of the city.”
This month’s LPD ‘Officer of the Month’ is Officer Albert DiVirgilio, who is currently assigned to the Third Division. Officer DiVirgilio was nominated for this honor by Lieutenant James Shorten, and this nomination was also seconded by Lieutenant M. Hanlon, Lieutenant D. Brown and approved by many of our CO’s/OIC’s.
In his written nomination, Lieutenant Shorten discussed an incident that took place on March 2, 2011, when Officer DiVirgilio was assigned to house duties on the Second Division. While he was working at the front desk, a party came into the station to report her car stolen. According to Lieutenant Shorten, “Officer DiVirgilio sensed that there was more to the story than just a stolen car, and after questioning the subject, he was able to establish that she had also been the victim of a sexual assault by four individuals. An investigation of this incident subsequently began on the Second Division and continued onto the Third Division, also involving the Sexual Assault/Domestic Violence Unit. After receiving the information that was gathered by Officer DiVirgilio, Sergeant Gallo located the victim’s stolen vehicle with a party operating; and four individuals were later arrested in connection with the sexual assault. As stated by Lieutenant Shorten, “The information gathered by Officer DiVirgilio was instrumental in the location of the vehicle as well as the arrest of the suspects. Officer DiVirgilio took the time to follow his instincts that something ‘wasn’t right’ with the victim’s story and that there was more than she was telling him.”
Lieutenant Shorten also mentioned that on March 8, 2011, Officer DiVirgilio was also involved in the arrest of an armed robbery suspect on Union Street while assigned to Car 9 on the First Division and that “his attentiveness to the radio transmission of an armed robbery with a handgun that had just occurred and his immediate response to the area lead to the arrest of the suspect.” According to Lieutenant Shorten, Officer DiVirgilio showed exceptional police instincts in both of these cases and stated that it has been his experience that “Officer DiVirgilio consistently shows diligence in all his duties no matter how mundane they might seem.”
This month’s LPD ‘Officer of the Month’ is Officer Gregory Brotherton, who is currently assigned to the Third Division. Officer Brotherton was nominated for this honor by Deputy Chief Desmarais, and this nomination was also seconded and approved by many of our CO’s/OIC’s.
In his written nomination, Deputy Chief Desmarais mentioned that Officer Brotherton, who recently transferred to the Third Division, “has continued to perform his duties at the high level for which he was noted while on Second Division.” Deputy Chief Desmarais cited three recent examples of Officer Brotherton’s outstanding efforts, including an incident on February 22nd, where he and other officers were commended for their handling of an armed and agitated individual holding others against their will. He also mentioned a well-being check on February 27th, which resulted in a letter of appreciation to Officer Brotherton and another officer, as well as the arrest of an individual on March 1st, following an unarmed robbery at JD’s Sports Bar on Lewis Street. As stated by Deputy Chief Desmarais, “these three separate recognitions, while very different, show that Officer Brotherton always does his best”, regardless of the type of call. He also pointed out the Officer Brotherton is a member of the SRT and the Honor Guard, “has consistently stepped forward when needed, and serves as an excellent representative of our department in all facets of the job”.
This month’s LPD ‘Officer of the Month’ is Officer Christopher Hagerty, who is currently assigned to the Second Division. Officer Hagerty was nominated for this honor by Lieutenant Peter Holey, and this nomination was also seconded Captain Christopher Reddy and Lieutenant Marie Hanlon, and was approved by many of our CO’s/OIC’s.
In his written nomination, Lieutenant Holey described Officer Hagerty as being “tenacious in his commitment to his job.” He also discussed the department’s recent enforcement operations on Estes Street, due to the high volume of housebreaks, illegal drug and prostitution activity; and the outstanding efforts by Officer Hagerty in that area. Lieutenant Holey stated that on February 4, 2011, Officer Hagerty kept a residence under surveillance for several hours, waiting for a known offender to emerge, and was eventually able to arrest the suspect on a warrant, charging him with rape of a child with force. Lieutenant Holey also pointed out that Officer Hagerty consistently performs all of his duties to the best of his abilities, and stated that of 11 recent curfew violation arrests, 8 were made by Officer Hagerty.
Captain Reddy and Lieutenant Hanlon also forwarded me emails on behalf of Officer Hagerty, and both praised his persistence and outstanding efforts, which have been demonstrated “time and time again, over a long period of time.”
This month’s LPD ‘Officer of the Month’ is Detective Timothy Ferrari, who is currently assigned to CID. Detective Ferrari was nominated for this honor by Lieutenant Thomas Reddy, and this nomination was also seconded by Captain Mark O’Toole of CID, along with many of our CO’s/OIC’s.
In his written nomination, Lieutenant Reddy discussed the recent efforts by Detective Ferrari, who was assigned as lead investigator following the November 2010 violent robbery of an elderly Eastern Avenue resident, which received significant media coverage. Using some information provided by Lieutenant Haberek, Detective Ferrari used his investigative skills to develop a plan, which ultimately resulted in the arrest of the suspect. The search warrant obtained after the arrest of the suspect also lead to the discovery of evidence not only linking him to the unarmed robbery of the elderly victim, but another unarmed robbery incident as well. As stated by Lieutenant Reddy, “the media attention given to this case and Detective Ferrari’s work to produce a swift arrest, in my opinion, lead to some extremely positive publicity for our department.”
Lieutenant Reddy added that Detective Ferrari was also recently involved in an investigation of several bank robberies. He used information developed from an arrest of a suspect for several Dunkin’ Donuts’ robberies to tie that suspect into the bank robberies. According to Lieutenant Reddy, “he is continuously watching the pawn reports and recovering stolen articles for victims. Some result in arrests, such as the recent case of a B&E on Anchor Road, resulting in complaints against two suspects.”
While forwarding the nomination from Lieutenant Reddy, Captain O’Toole added another illustration of Detective Ferrari’s diligence and dedication, which occurred as he followed up on a report of a purse that was stolen from the office of an employee of a local dentist office. Credit cards of the victim were confirmed as being used at a CVS in Peabody and Detective Ferrari obtained the video from the CVS transaction and was able to identify the suspect who not only used the credit card, but had committed similar crimes in the past. On January 10, 2011, Detective Ferrari confirmed warrants for the suspect for other incidents and arrested her at her home. Although there was not enough evidence at the time to charge her in connection with the purse theft, she will be charged with using the stolen credit card in Peabody.
As stated by Lieutenant Reddy, “Tim Ferrari is a dedicated and professional officer who gives 110% all the time. He does not do it for recognition; in fact most times he defers the credit to others who may have offered a slight helping hand along the way.
This month’s LPD ‘Officer of the Month’ is Officer Michael Kmiec, who is currently assigned to the First Division. Officer Kmiec was nominated for this honor by Lieutenant David Brown, and this nomination was also seconded by many of our CO’s/OIC’s.In his written nomination, Lieutenant Brown mentioned the strong work ethic that is demonstrated by Officer Kmiec, and stated that “he could be considered a candidate for ‘Officer of the Month’ every month due to his consistent efforts.” Lieutenant Brown went on to describe a recent incident involving Officer Kmiec. While on patrol, Officer Kmiec informed his partner that he had just observed an unlicensed individual operating a motor vehicle. Although the officers were unable to investigate further at that time, a short time later that night, they located the vehicle, which was then parked, and set up surveillance. Officer Kmiec and his partner subsequently observed the unlicensed party enter the vehicle and drive off. The traffic stop which quickly followed led to the arrest of three (3) suspects for charges related to the possession of a stolen firearm, with one (1) of the individuals also facing drug charges. As stated by Lieutenant Brown, “Officer Kmiec consistently makes quality arrests, and in addition, owns up to the everyday calls that are on his route.”
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 Deputy Chief Leonard Desmarais, and this nomination was also seconded by many of our CO’s/OIC’s.
In his written nomination, Deputy Chief Desmarais discussed the continued outstanding efforts by Officer Nerich, and stated that “working two shifts in Car 14 and two shifts in Car 10, he is constantly taking the time to engage people even though his route’s call volume is as high as any other route. According to Deputy Chief Desmarais, “Officer Nerich’s route ownership and route knowledge are both admirable and put to good use.”
Deputy Chief Desmarais went on to list several recent examples of law enforcement activities by Officer Nerich, as follows:
As stated by Deputy Chief Desmarais, Officer Nerich was previously recognized with this award in September 2009, but “believes that his everyday job performance and the above examples of pro-active police work show that Officer Timothy Nerich is well deserving of the recognition once again.”
This month’s LPD ‘Officer of the Month’ is Officer Patrick McGuire, who is currently assigned to the First Division. Officer McGuire was nominated for this honor by Deputy Chief Leonard Desmarais, and this nomination was also seconded by many of our CO’s/OIC’s.
In his written nomination, Deputy Chief Desmarais stated that “Officer McGuire has represented the department in a professional manner since joining in 1995. He is very highly regarded by his Division’s command staff, his fellow officers and most importantly, by his partners.”
As relayed by Deputy Chief Desmarais, “On October 7, 2010, Officer McGuire was involved in an incident that few officers ever have to face. He was suddenly attacked by a disturbed individual who was bent on taking Officer McGuire’s weapon. Even after being struck in the head from behind by his attacker, Officer McGuire was able to maintain his composure, and immediately engaged in a violent struggle with him. Officer McGuire was able to keep his attacker from gaining complete control of the weapon during the struggle, during which time, the weapon discharged twice, with the second round striking the attacker in the head.”
As further stated by Deputy Chief Desmarais, “Whether the attacker’s intention was to kill himself, Officer McGuire, or surrounding members of the public will never be known, but Officer McGuire’s response and professionalism may have prevented a tragedy of much greater proportions. Even in the immediate aftermath of the violent struggle, Officer McGuire was able to give responding officers a coherent and complete rundown of what had just occurred. His calm demeanor and professionalism was inspirational to any officer who spoke with him that day. “
This month’s LPD ‘Officer of the Month’ is Gary Hagerty, who is currently assigned to the Gang Unit. Detective Hagerty was nominated for this honor by Captain Leonard Desmarais, and this nomination was also seconded by Gang Unit CO Sergeant Edward Nardone as well as many of our other CO’s/OIC’s.
In his written nomination, Captain Desmarais stated that he believes that “Detective Hagerty is well deserving of being named Officer of the Month.” He cited his recent arrest of a known gang member for firearm and narcotic charges, as well as his off-duty apprehension of an armed robbery suspect before the owner/victim had even reported the crime, an incident for which Detective Hagerty received a departmental commendation.
Captain Desmarais further stated that “in addition to those specific incidents and numerous others, Detective Hagerty maintains a very close working relationship with his fellow officers on Division. He constantly exchanges information with route officers that enables all of them to be more effective. He always provides back up to officers on calls and often volunteers to take a call if he is nearby.”
According to Captain Desmarais, “Detective Hagerty is a model for street level anti-gang activities. He is constantly patrolling the hot spots, conducting FIO's, making MV stops, and where necessary, making the ‘minor’ arrests to send a message that not just criminal acts but anti-social behavior will not be tolerated.” He concluded by stating that “Detective Hagerty is always pro-active, while performing these activities with fellow Gang Unit members, in conjunction with Division, or even alone.” Sergeant Nardone added that “Detective Hagerty is a valued investigator, is very thorough in note taking, report writing, and is an excellent representative of our agency when called upon to testify at a court preceding.”
This month’s LPD ‘Officer of the Month’ is Officer Max Saravia, who is currently assigned to the First Division. Officer Saravia was nominated for this honor by Sergeant Richard Carrow, and this nomination was also seconded by many of our other CO’s/OIC’s.
In his written nomination, Sergeant Carrow described two recent incidents when Officer Saravia provided information to SIU Detectives that directly led to two substantial investigations being successfully closed by arrest. He further noted that the information that Officer Saravia had received and passed along to SIU was obtained from confidential sources that he managed to develop and protect.
According to Sergeant Carrow, the first incident concerned the illegal distribution of oxycontin. In late June, Officer Saravia obtained and developed information that occupants of a Newcastle Street residence were traveling back and forth to New York City, picking up large quantities of oxycontin, and then illegally distributing it in and around the Lynn area. Working alongside Officer Saravia, SIU members continued to follow-up the investigation and develop additional information. On Thursday, July 15, 2010, Detective Fucci along with Gang Unit Detectives and First Division Officers conducted a motor vehicle stop of the suspect vehicle. During this stop, additional evidence was observed in plain view, and subsequently a hidden compartment was discovered. As a result, a quantity of 709 80mg oxycontin pills, with a street value in excess of $56,000.00, were recovered and seized, as well as $1,152.00 in cash. The two suspects were both placed in custody for Trafficking Class A over 200 grams.
Sergeant Carrow also described the second incident, which involved human trafficking. During the previous month, Officer Saravia had received information concerning the operation of an illegal prostitution ring. He learned that the male suspects would periodically travel to New York to obtain various females, and then bring back to the Lynn area to work as prostitutes. According to Sergeant Carrow, during the investigation, it was discovered that the prostitution ring did not operate out of one particular house as usual, but instead the working girls were delivered to the customers’ locations. On Tuesday, July 20, 2010, Detectives Fucci and R. Panacopoulos set up surveillance; as Officer Saravia acted as a decoy customer and set up a potential date. At the pre-arranged time a female suspect arrived along with two males. Subsequently, the female suspect was placed in custody for Prostitution, and the two male suspects were placed in custody for Deriving Support from Prostitution. In addition, the officers seized $2,618.00 in cash.As stated by Sergeant Carrow, as a direct result of Officer Saravia developing and obtaining information about these two specific incidents, and then sharing it with the Special Investigations Unit, there were two successful investigations which resulted in multiple arrests and substantial cash seizures.
This month’s LPD ‘Officer of the Month’ is Detective Joseph Chadbourne, who is currently assigned to the Domestic Violence Unit. Detective Chadbourne was nominated for this honor by Lieutenant David Brown, and this nomination was also seconded by many of our other CO’s/OIC’s.
In his written nomination, Lieutenant Brown stated that “Detective Chadbourne is a very conscientious and diligent worker,” and went on to describe two recent incidents which he felt accurately describes his work ethic.
On June 15, 2010, Detective Chadbourne was assigned to Car 15 on the First Division. He and Officer Titou Kim responded to a South Elm Street address following the report of a shooting. The subsequent investigation led the officers to a location on Warren Street where Detective Chadbourne sought and was granted a search warrant for the discovery of firearms. As a result of these efforts, three individuals were taken into custody, and a firearm was recovered.
Additionally, on May 13, 2010, while on a detail assignment at Shaw’s Supermarket, Detective Chadbourne assisted an elderly man who was the victim of a robbery. His investigation of this robbery led to the identification and arrest of the suspect.
This month’s LPD ‘Officer of the Month’ is Officer Christopher Hagerty, who is currently assigned to the Second Division. Officer Hagerty was nominated for this honor by Captain Leonard Desmarais, and this nomination was also seconded by many of our other CO’s/OIC’s.
In his written nomination, Captain Desmarais stated that “Officer Hagerty was listed as the arresting officer thirty times during the past month, and that he does not usually list himself as the arresting officer unless he played a significant role in the incident.” Captain Desmarais also mentioned that many of Officer Hagerty’s arrests result from self-initiated activity and are not all due to a response to a particular call.
Captain Desmarais went on to say that “Officer Hagerty’s job performance, shift after shift, demonstrates his commitment to the Department and to the city.” He cited a recent incident in which Officer Hagerty and other Second Division officers engaged in a foot pursuit and arrest of an armed and historically violent career criminal in response to a call reporting shots fired. He also stated that although Officer Hagerty and his partners work many of their shifts city-wide, in an unmarked unit, they still respond to calls for service and conduct patrols on their assigned route, and are quick to provide back up to other officers.
This month’s LPD ‘Officer of the Month’ is Officer Jennifer Cash, who is currently assigned to the Third Division. Officer Cash was nominated for this honor by Lieutenant Michael Vail, and this nomination was also seconded by many of our other CO’s/OIC’s.
Lieutenant Vail wrote that “Officer Cash’s nomination was not based on any particular incident, but instead on her overall work performance.” He went on to say that Officer Cash, who is currently assigned to Car 12, “has a strong work ethic and pays particular attention to detail, completing every assignment professionally and thoroughly. Officer Cash has taken the knowledge that she gained from working as a School Resource Officer and has used it to solve numerous youth-related problems while working on her shift.” In a follow-up email I received from Lieutenant Flynn, he also cited Officer Cash’s past experience as a School Resource Officer, and stated that “the trust and bond she had with a lot of the students and faculty often times provided information that gave our department the opportunity to get a jump on potential serious incidents before they actually took place.”
Lieutenant Vail stated that this month, Officer Cash apprehended two individuals shortly after they committed a B&E. He also pointed out that Officer Cash’s hard work has been noticed and appreciated by the citizens on her route, as well as by the Sergeants and her peers on the Third Division; and she recently received a letter of appreciation for her efforts in locating a runaway.
This month’s LPD ‘Officer of the Month’ is Officer Grace McManus, who is currently assigned to the First Division. Officer McManus was nominated for this honor by Lieutenant Dennis Flynn and Lieutenant David Brown, and this nomination was also seconded by many of our other CO’s/OIC’s.
Lieutenant Flynn wrote that he and Lieutenant Brown were submitting this nomination for Officer McManus as Officer of the Month “not based solely on any particular incident, but instead on the fact that she has performed her duties outstandingly throughout her entire career.” He further stated that in her current assignment to the Signal Room, “Officer McManus has brought her knowledge and experience from her many years working the street on the night shift, as well as from her past assignments as a firearms instructor, Evidence Control Officer, and Domestic Violence/Sexual Assault Unit Investigator to her current assignment.” According to Lieutenant Flynn, “Officer McManus is very knowledgeable and has proven that she is competent in the many duties and functions that are required of officers assigned to the Signal Room. She is readily available to assist any and all officers seeking assistance, and has shown her willingness to help in numerous instances. Her efforts throughout her career have demonstrated that she has gone above and beyond the call of duty in performing her job in every position she has held. Officer McManus is conscientious and always on the lookout for any problems or deficiencies that can arise in our operations, is able to recognize problem areas, and brings them to the attention of the CO to be addressed.” As stated by Lieutenant Flynn, “Officer McManus is an asset to the Department and is very deserving of being named ‘Officer of the Month”.
This month’s LPD ‘Officer of the Month’ is Detective Robert Rawston, who is currently assigned to the Domestic Violence/Sexual Assault Unit. Detective Rawston was nominated for this honor by Lieutenant Marie Hanlon, and this nomination was also seconded by many of our other CO’s/OIC’s.
In her written nomination, Lieutenant Hanlon stated that “Detective Rawston is a great street cop, and also a great investigator.” She went on to say that the one quality that Detective Rawston holds, which she believes is essential to being a good police officer, is that of respect. According to Lieutenant Hanlon, “Detective Rawston treats all victims with respect, some of whom can be very difficult and challenging at times. When working in uniform and assisting those victims of domestic violence, sexual assault or child abuse, Detective Rawston goes the extra mile to help those who need police assistance. As our job often requires, he can be tough and stern, but he also knows how to be caring and compassionate. Detective Rawston will never judge a victim without getting a full statement and often will contact his victims several months after charges have been sought to make sure they are still safe and don’t need any other assistance. He will frequently make referrals to other social service agencies to get these people the help they need in the most difficult times of their lives.”Lieutenant Hanlon further stated that “Detective Rawston has been involved in many serious and life threatening cases in the recent past. He has obtained many admissions from suspects, made numerous arrests and solidified cases to get the maximum penalty (often on his own time!) and sent hundreds of perpetrators to prison for years."
This month’s LPD "Officer of the Month" is Officer Michael O’Connell, who is currently assigned to the Third Division. Officer O’Connell was nominated for this honor by Captain Leonard Desmarais, and this nomination was also seconded by many of our other CO’s/OIC’s.In his written nomination, Captain Desmarais stated that “Officer O’Connell has been a hard worker since joining the department. Whether in a one or two officer unit, he is always productive. During the month of January, Officer O’Connell was either the arresting officer, or one of the arresting officers in twenty-five arrests. He maintains a good knowledge of what is occurring on his route as well as whom the possible suspects could be when an incident occurs.” He further mentioned that Officer O’Connell is also a member of both the LPD Honor Guard and the Special Response Team. In his response to Captain Desmarais’ nomination, Lieutenant Michael Vail, Third Division Commanding Officer, stated that “Officer O’Connell is a great choice for "Officer of the Month". He has a great work ethic and takes pride in working his route.”
This month’s LPD “Officer of the Month” is Officer Peter Panacopoulos, who is currently assigned to the First Division. Officer Panacopoulos was nominated for this honor by Captain Leonard Desmarais, and this nomination was also seconded by many of our other CO’s/OIC’s.
In his written nomination, Captain Desmarais described several recent outstanding efforts by Officer Panacopoulos. On December 29, 2009, Officer Panacopoulos and other officers responded to Albany Terrace on a report of an armed robbery with a handgun. While searching for the suspects, Officer Panacopoulos found an individual trying to hide alongside a nearby building. He detained this suspect, who was subsequently identified by the victims as the party that had brandished the handgun during the robbery attempt.
Later during that same shift, Officer Panacopoulos observed a motor vehicle infraction, began to follow the car, and learned after running the plate that it was a stolen vehicle. According to Captain Desmarais, Officer Panacopoulos then followed the vehicle while waiting for additional units. Before additional units could arrive, the suspect vehicle pulled into the lot of a bar on Washington Street and Officer Panacopoulos pulled in behind it, and kept the stolen car and its occupants from fleeing. He was soon assisted by other units and the operator was placed in custody. The passenger, who was intoxicated, was found to be carrying a loaded firearm and he too was placed in custody.
On January 3, 2010, Officer Panacopoulos and his partner observed a party near the vehicles behind the Lynnway U-Haul. This general area has been an ongoing problem, due to numerous incidents of trespassing, break-ins, larcenies, assaults, public drinking and intoxication. An investigation led to the arrest of a suspect for trespassing. This individual admitted that he was trying to get blankets out of the U-Haul trucks so he could sleep there. Captain Desmarais further stated that during the past few months, months Officer Panacopoulos has made several self initiated warrant and trespassing arrests in this same general area in an attempt to address the ongoing problem.
As stated by Captain Desmarais, “Officer Peter Panacopoulos conducts himself in a professional manner and takes pride in his appearance when he is representing the department. He does his best at the big calls such as the previously mentioned armed robbery and he makes the same effort with the little things like the problem with the homeless in the area of the Lynnway U-Haul.”
This month’s LPD “Officer of the Month” is Officer Paul Cotter, who is currently assigned to the Second Division. Officer Cotter was nominated for this honor by Captain Leonard Desmarais, and this nomination was also seconded by many of our other CO’s/OIC’s.
In his written nomination, Captain Desmarais discussed several incidents during the past month in which Officer Cotter played a key role. On November 13th, Officer Cotter and his partner were involved in the heroic rescue of a group of individuals from a house fire on Lyman Street. Also, while working a recent detail, Officer Cotter spotted and stopped a motor vehicle with two unarmed robbery suspects. It was discovered that these individuals had just stolen the purse of an elderly woman.
Captain Desmarais also stated that in
addition to such larger incidents, “Officer Cotter takes care of the everyday
things as well. He is a conscientious and diligent officer who patrols his route
well, making stops at all hours.”
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 Sergeant Edward Nardone, and this nomination was also seconded by many of our other CO’s/OIC’s.
written nomination, Sergeant Nardone highlighted some of the work by Detective
Withrow over the course of the past month, including the following:
As stated by Sergeant Nardone, “Although he understands that it was only through the coordinated efforts of several officers that successful outcomes were achieved in the above listed incidents, Detective Withrow continues to be a center point of quality police work.” He further stated that “Detective Withrow possesses strong professional investigative skills that have allowed many difficult cases to be solved.”
This month’s LPD “Officer of the Month” is Officer Michael DiMeglio who is currently assigned to the Third Division. Officer DiMeglio was nominated for this honor by Lieutenant Michael Vail, and this nomination was also seconded by many of our other CO’s/OIC’s.
In his written nomination, Lieutenant Vail stated that he was nominating Officer DiMeglio for his overall work ethic and not one particular incident. He said that Officer DiMeglio works the downtown area in Car 10 and Car 14, which is one of the busiest routes in the city. As stated by Lieutenant Vail, “Officer DiMeglio has a strong work ethic and has been involved in over 25 arrests in the month of September. He has made the extra effort to get to know the good and bad people on his route, which I saw first-hand when walking the Union and Chestnut Street area with him last month. Officer DiMeglio’s hard work and route ownership has been noticed and is appreciated by his peers, supervisors and the people that live on his route.” Lieutenant Vail also said that Officer DiMeglio received a letter of appreciation in August for his professional and empathetic response to a person that was the victim of a minor crime and that he has made a difference on his route by addressing serious crimes as well as quality of life issues.
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 David Brown, and this nomination was also seconded by many of our other CO’s/OIC’s.
In his written nomination, Lieutenant Brown explained that during the summer months, several Third Division officers focused on quality of life issues in the downtown area and said that these officers continue to address the chronic problems which exist in many of the downtown locations. He further stated that “although these assignments are not as glamorous as other police duties, the efforts of the officers certainly make a difference.” According to Lieutenant Brown, “there are many officers who do an excellent job dealing with these issues; however Officer Timothy Nerich, who is assigned to Car 14, stands out.” As stated by Lieutenant Brown, “In addition to his efforts in the downtown area, Officer Nerich consistently makes solid contributions. Recently, while assigned to the First Division, he assisted with the arrest of a shooting suspect, who violently resisted. Officer Tim Nerich has a strong work ethic, and whatever the assignment is, he always follows it through.”
This month’s LPD “Officer of the Month” is Officer Paul Wonoski who is currently assigned to the First Division. Officer Wonoski was nominated for this honor by Lieutenant Chris Reddy and Lieutenant Dennis Flynn, and this nomination was also seconded by many of our other CO’s/OIC’s.
In his written nomination, Lieutenant Reddy stated that “Officer Wonoski consistently conducts himself in an exemplary manner while working the busiest route in the city. While performing his duties he has shown a strong grasp of legal principles and excellent investigative skills, along with above average problem solving abilities.” He further relayed that Officer Wonoski maintains a strong grasp of the impact players on his route and practices route ownership as part of his excellent work ethic.
Lieutenant Reddy went on to describe one specific incident in which he felt that Officer Wonoski was instrumental in the arrest of an armed and violent individual. In May of 2009, Officer Wonoski responded to several incidents of Domestic Threats and Witness Intimidation. The suspect in those incidents was identified by the victim, who also reported that this individual was known to carry firearms. She was able to provide only a partial plate listing and a description of his car. Officer Wonoski recognized the potential danger of a suspect who was believed to be armed and repeatedly engaged in acts of domestic abuse along with other criminal activity. He sought the assistance of Sergeant Shinnick in obtaining a list from the Registry of Motor Vehicles of vehicles registered in Lynn that were of a make and model consistent with that described by the victim. He then compared the list with the partial plate and came up with a match. Officer Wonoski conducted a license check, identified the suspect under an alias name, and then sought the assistance of Detective Ferrari in preparing a photo array. He showed this array to the victim, and she was able to identify him as the same individual who she had reported previously. As a result of Officer Wonoski’s initiative, it was learned that this suspect had two other alias' and he was wanted on multiple outstanding warrants for drug, motor vehicle and other offenses, in addition to the domestic incidents that Officer Wonoski investigated.
Over a period of several weeks Officer Wonoski continued to follow up on this investigation and pursue more information on the suspect. He then shared the information he developed with other officers so that they would be aware of the risk posed by this violent individual. On the morning of June 8th, the suspect was located at his home, and because of the effort put forth by Officer Wonoski, the responding officers were aware that this individual was likely armed and posed a high risk to their safety. As a result, a search warrant was sought and an SRT deployment was conducted to locate and arrest him at his home. During the search the suspect attempted to conceal himself, but he was successfully apprehended and a large quantity of drugs and several firearms were recovered from his residence.Although he was not present at the arrest, Lieutenant Reddy and Lieutenant Flynn believe that this violent criminal was apprehended without injury to any police officer or member of the public, and a quantity of drugs and illegal firearms were seized, because of the persistent effort of Officer Wonoski. As stated by Lieutenant Reddy, “his dogged determination in gathering information, along with his willingness to share the knowledge he developed with so many other officers, resulted in the removal of a career violent criminal from the streets. We therefore believe that Officer Wonoski should be recognized as the Officer of the Month for August. “
This month’s LPD “Officer of the Month” is Officer Robert Avery who is currently assigned to the Second Division. Officer Avery was nominated for this honor by Captain Leonard Desmarais, and this nomination was seconded by many of our other CO’s/OIC’s.
In his written nomination, Captain Desmarais stated that “Officer Avery could have received this award on any given month since the inception of this recognition.” He went on to say that Officer Avery has been commended three times this year for the outstanding work he has done with his fellow officers, and that he has been involved with the seizure and removal of at least half a dozen firearms from the streets this year. Captain Desmarais cited two recent incidents in which Officer Avery played an integral role. On June 8th, an armed and dangerous suspect on Carlton Street was taken into custody and several weapons were seized. He also referenced an incident on June 23rd, in which Officer Avery played a major part in the apprehension of a dangerous individual, which included the seizure of another firearm.
According to Captain Desmarais, Officer Avery works hard to combat prostitution during the early morning hours, and is a regular enforcer of the city’s Youth Protection Ordinance. As stated by Captain Desmarais, “Officer Avery is a team player who is respected by other working officers for his initiative and his back up.”
This month’s LPD “Officer of the Month” is Officer Craig Fountain who is currently assigned to the Third Division. Officer Fountain was nominated for this honor by Lieutenant Michael Vail “for his outstanding work ethic and job performance” and this nomination was seconded by many of our other CO’s/OIC’s.
In his nomination, Lieutenant Vail wrote that
“Officer Fountain is assigned to one of the busiest routes in the city and is a
conscientious worker who has made an extra effort to get to know the key impact
players on his route.” According to Lieutenant Vail, “Officer Fountain knows who
these individuals are, and addresses the various problems on his route with
professionalism and dedication to duty.” He further explained that Officer
Fountain continues to make an effort, especially in the Union Street area, to
address the problems of drunks and prostitution. As stated by Lieutenant Vail,
“Officer Fountain routinely makes arrests for the minor violations on his route
that affect the quality of life in the Union Street area. Officer Fountain
continually deals with the unsavory characters that nobody wants to deal with,
and has been involved in over forty arrests during the months of April and May.
This month’s LPD “Officer of the Month” is Officer Christopher Hagerty who is currently assigned to the Second Division. Officer Hagerty’s nomination for this honor was submitted by Lieutenant Peter Holey, and was seconded by many of our other CO’s/OIC’s.
In his written nomination, Lieutenant Holey stated that “the nomination is not based on one outstanding incident, but rather on the fact that Officer Hagerty consistently performs on an outstanding level.” According to Lieutenant Holey, Officer Hagerty has volunteered to work in an unmarked capacity on the Second Division. He further explained that this assignment comes with the expectation that the officer is “self motivated, has a diligent work ethic and will produce a significant amount of arrests.” As stated by Lieutenant Holey, “Officer Hagerty has almost single handedly suppressed the prostitution activity during the early morning hours. The unmarked program on the morning division has recorded fifty-four arrests to date, including twenty-three prostitution arrests.”
Lieutenant Holey further wrote that Officer Hagerty also maintains an intimate knowledge of his regularly assigned route. This knowledge led to the April 3, 2009 arrest of a suspect for firearms, kidnapping and drug charges. To date, in calendar year 2009, Officer Hagerty has been listed as the arresting officer on sixty-three separate incidents.
This month’s LPD “Officer of the Month” is Detective Cristine Petruzziello who is currently assigned to the Domestic Violence/Sexual Assault Unit.
Detective Petruzziello’s nomination for this honor was submitted by Lieutenant Marie Hanlon, and was seconded by many of our other CO’s/OIC’s.
In her written nomination, Lieutenant Hanlon noted the recent convictions and subsequent sentencing of two dangerous sex offenders as described below, which were largely due to the efforts of Detective Petruzziello.
On January 6, 2007, Detective Petruzziello was contacted after officers received information that a female was reporting a rape. She interviewed the victim at length, interviewed all possible witnesses, obtained a search warrant for two locations which were crime scenes, collected medical and other evidence, and eventually arrested and charged the suspect with two counts of rape, assault and battery and possession of marijuana with intent to distribute within a school zone. This individual had assaulted young female victims in the past and, in fact, again committed a rape while awaiting trial on this case. Detective Petruzziello’s diligence in this case included contacting other victims who had previously not wanted to testify, as well as assisting with the preparation of this case for prosecution. According to Lieutenant Hanlon, a jury recently found the defendant guilty and he was sentenced to 15 years in prison. She further stated that “this was a huge victory, as he is a frightening repeat offender.”
On June 21, 2007, a Lynn resident came into the station to report that his son had been sexually assaulted. Detective Petruzziello immediately interviewed the young male victim due to concerns for his safety and planned a ruse to locate the suspect, so he could be arrested and charged with this violence crime. During the investigation, Detective Petruzziello encountered many obstacles, including witnesses who were extremely difficult to deal with, let alone interview. During the first trial, the jury could not reach a verdict and the week-long event ended in a hung jury. The case was retried several months later. According to Lieutenant Hanlon, Detective Petruzziello “went above and beyond, by attempting to get additional information for the prosecution during trial, sometimes during off duty hours.” As a result of her efforts, this individual was found guilty the second time around and was sentenced to six years in prison.As stated by Lieutenant Hanlon, “Because of the hard, persistent work of Detective Petruzziello, two extremely dangerous and violent sex offenders will be off the streets for a long time. Detective Petruzziello consistently displays concern for these victims and works every angle, leaving no stone unturned, when she investigates these serious crimes.
This month’s LPD “Officer of the Month” is Officer Michael Hanlon who is currently assigned to the First Division.
In his written nomination, Lieutenant Flynn stated that he and Lieutenant Reddy were “singling out Officer Hanlon for his continuing dedication to duty, his work ethic, professionalism and outstanding job performance,” and then described two incidents involving Officer Hanlon.
On February 27, 2009, Officer Hanlon, along with Officer Mark Holey (Car 16) and Officers Robert Sirois and James Daley (Car 14), responded to the area of 137 Empire Street on a report of a group of youths checking car doors. Due to the combined efforts of the officers at the scene, one suspect, who was armed with a loaded handgun, was placed into custody for firearms charges. A second suspect was found to have several shotgun shells in his pocket, and was placed in custody for Possession of Burglarious Tools and Possession of Ammo without an FID Card. A third suspect, who was eventually found hiding in the vehicle in which all three suspects were earlier observed exiting, was placed into custody for several outstanding W.M.S. warrants.
An earlier incident took place on September 30, 2008. After hearing that Officer Russ Gokas had responded to 25 Pendexter Street on a report of a past B&E, Officer Hanlon informed him that while traveling on Pendexter Street earlier that morning, he observed a male party who he recognized as a known criminal, acting suspiciously. Officer Hanlon further informed Officer Gokas that he attempted to keep an eye on the individual, but he disappeared on a nearby street. Officer Hanlon was also aware that there had been several recent B&E’s in that particular neighborhood. Officer Gokas noted Officer Hanlon’s observations in his report. As a result of this additional information supplied by Officer Hanlon describing the suspicious activity of this suspicious individual, Detective Tim Ferrari was able to tie him, along with a second suspect to the B&E on Pendexter Street, as well as to four other house breaks in the area The defendants were subsequently charged with the five house breaks and some of the stolen property was recovered and returned to the victims.
According to Lieutenant Flynn, “This officer comes to work every shift and gives 100%. He also takes great pride in his work ethic and the way he does his job. Officer Hanlon also demonstrates that even off-duty, he is very observant of suspicious activity or a known criminal lurking in a neighborhood.” As stated by Lieutenant Flynn, “We believe that Officer Hanlon would be an excellent choice for Officer of the Month and is deserving of this recognition.”
This month’s LPD “Officer of the Month” is Officer Michael Kmiec who is currently assigned to the First Division. Officer Kmiec nomination for this honor was submitted by Lieutenant Chris Reddy and Lieutenant Dennis Flynn, and was seconded by many of our other CO’s/OIC’s.
In his written nomination, Lieutenant Reddy described three recent incidents involving Officer Kmiec:
On December 9, 2008, Officer Kmiec was on patrol in the area of Boston and Franklin Streets when he witnessed a male party enter a car with New Hampshire plates. The officer knew that this individual had recently been released from jail and had a criminal history that included gun and drug charges. Officer Kmiec’s observations led him to believe that a drug transaction was taking place and he stopped the vehicle after the suspect exited the car. The driver of the vehicle was subsequently arrested for Operating after Suspension and Possession of Class B- crack cocaine. The driver also admitted that he just purchased the drugs from the suspect, and as a result, criminal complaints were sought against this individual for Distribution Class B. As stated by Lieutenant Reddy, “the arrest of the driver was particularly satisfying, as he had repeatedly filed complaints against several different officers in recent months after they questioned him for engaging in suspicious activity in the downtown area.”
On December 27, 2008, Officer Kmiec was working C-10 and patrolling in the area of the 7-Eleven at Fayette and Essex Streets, when he observed multiple people running out of the store and across the lot. He pulled into the lot and approached the store where he observed two known gang members inside the store acting suspiciously. The store clerks made no comment to him. As Officer Kmiec approached the suspects alone, they engaged in hostile and confrontational behavior. As he attempted to pat frisk one, the other engaged in loud and belligerent conduct in an apparent attempt to distract him. Officer Kmiec continued to engage them until backup units arrived. These two suspects were subsequently arrested for disorderly conduct. Some time later the store clerks notified officers that these suspects had assaulted several customers with a firearm. A video of the incident was recovered from the store owner the following morning and the charges against these two suspects were amended to include Assault D/W and Carrying a Firearm w/o a License.
On December 29, 2008, Officer Kmiec was again working a one-man unit when he responded to Cesar’s Palace on Buffum St. to assist C-14 with a robbery investigation. He located the suspect’s vehicle nearby and notified the investigating officers. They brought the victim to the scene and he subsequently identified the suspect. During the investigation the suspect fled on foot and attempted to toss a folded dollar bill containing cocaine. Officer Paul Wonoski apprehended the suspect; and he and Officer Kmiec engaged in a physical struggle with him until he was secured in hand cuffs. The drugs were also recovered.
This month’s LPD “Officer of the Month” is Detective Timothy Ferrari who is currently assigned to CID. Detective Ferrari was nominated for this honor by Captain Leonard Desmarais, which was seconded by Lieutenant Marie Hanlon, as well as many of our other CO’s/OIC’s
In his written nomination, Captain Desmarais described two recent incidents involving Detective Ferrari. Earlier in the month, Detective Ferrari observed a party walking down Washington Street, and believed him to be the same individual who had robbed St. Jean’s Credit Union twice that week. His subsequent investigation resulted in the suspect confessing to the two robberies. In the second incident described by Captain Desmarais, Detective Ferrari’s investigation into the ongoing theft of money from the school lunch receipts at Lynn Tech led to the arrest of a suspect and improvements in how the lunch receipts are now handled. Captain Desmarais stated that “Detective Ferrari has always been a very diligent officer and could have been a worthy nominee several times over.” As stated by Lieutenant Hanlon, “Detective Ferrari is a very hard working officer, both regarding his detective duties and also when he is in uniform.”
This month’s LPD “Officer of the Month” is Detective Ross Panacopoulos who is currently assigned to S.I.U. Detective Panacopoulos was nominated for this honor by Sergeant Richard Carrow, and was seconded by many of our CO’s/OIC’s
In his written nomination, Sergeant Carrow stated that Detective Panacopoulos is always a very dedicated and conscientious officer who is a tremendous asset to the department. He further stated that as a member of the S.I.U, Detective Panacopoulos has developed into a very experienced and talented investigator who has displayed a knack for developing and maintaining informants. Most recently, he was the lead investigator into the Contreras Market gaming operation, which was a 2-month ongoing investigation. According to Sergeant Carrow, Detective Panacopoulos was able to incorporate the selling of illegal prescription narcotics, as well as the illegal gaming activities, which entitles the department to pursue asset forfeiture proceedings against monies we seized. Sergeant Carrow further stated that Detective Panacopoulos was deliberate and thorough, and did an outstanding job on this investigation.
This month’s LPD “Officer of the Month” is Detective Michael Kelter, who is currently assigned to S.I.U. Detective Kelter’s nomination for this honor was submitted by Sergeant Richard Carrow, and was also seconded by many of our CO’s/OIC’s
In his written nomination, Sergeant Carrow stated that during the past month, Detective Kelter had been assigned several illegal dumping cases on and around the Lynnway area that had been a source of costly clean-ups to the DPW. “Although not the most glamorous of assignments, Detective Kelter handled all of them, and successfully solved them, to the great satisfaction of DPW officials.” Sergeant Carrow also reported that most recently, Detective Kelter was the affiant of a search warrant at a Bloomfield Street residence, where officers seized over 45 grams of heroin, 15 grams of oxycontin, marijuana, and $7,800 in cash. The two target suspects, who are reported members of the Soldiers Gang, are being held on $50,000 bail.
This month’s LPD “Officer of the Month” is Officer John Vautour, who is currently assigned to the First Division. Officer Vautour’s nomination for this honor was submitted by Lieutenant David Brown, and was also seconded by many of our CO’s/OIC’s
In his written nomination, Lieutenant Brown described the September 30, 2008 incident when Officer Vautour witnessed an individual fire a handgun at two people on Lawton Avenue and then flee in a waiting car. Officer Vautour immediately began a pursuit of the suspect vehicle in his cruiser, broadcast this information to other units, and then initiated a foot pursuit when the suspects abandoned their vehicle. These individuals were subsequently captured and taken into custody and a firearm was seized, largely due to the efforts of Officer Vautour. In a related email I received seconding this nomination; Lieutenant Flynn mentioned a letter that had been forwarded to him by Detective McCollin, who received praise for Officer Vautour for his professional response to a Colonial Avenue residence following a report of a B&E.
This month’s LPD “Officer of the Month” is Officer Ralph Sirois, who is currently assigned to the Third Division. Officer Sirois was nominated for this honor by Captain Leonard Desmarais (which was also seconded by many of our CO’s/OIC’s), who described in great detail the consistent high level of professionalism and dedication to duty exhibited by Officer Sirois every day.
In his written nomination, Captain Desmarais stated that Officer Ralph Sirois is “a very consistent performer who puts in a full 8 hours work for 8 hours pay.” He further explained that a check of the LPD booking system verified that Officer Sirois was listed as the arresting officer 15 times during the last month, and a total of 80 times during the past year. According to Captain Desmarais, “Officer Sirois constantly patrols his assigned routes (2 days in Car 12 and 2 days in Car 16) and has developed an excellent knowledge of who the players are on his routes”. He added that Officer Sirois has used this knowledge to solve crimes before they are even reported. Captain Desmarais then described an incident on 8/25/08 when Officer Sirois observed parties entering a pawn shop on Boston Street with four industrial-type chainsaws. He stopped and identified these individuals as suspects in a number of previous incidents, and seized the chainsaws. Further investigation showed that the chainsaws had been stolen from a DCR site in Saugus. Captain Desmarais also stated that Officer Sirois frequently provides information to other officers on parties that have stopped or are running for warrants and license checks; he speaks up for calls on his route; he makes himself available to back up other officers; and routinely comes on the air to report to a call not on his route as his assigned shift ends. According to Captain Desmarais, “Officer Ralph Sirois is proud to wear the uniform and his job performance shows it.”
This month’s LPD “Officer of the Month” is Officer Michael McHale, who is currently assigned to the Second Division. Officer McHale was nominated for this honor by Lieutenant Dennis Flynn, who described the recent assistance provided by Officer McHale following the serious motor vehicle accident involving two Lynn Police cruisers.
Lieutenant Flynn reported that on July 12, 2008, Officer McHale was on his way to work when he heard a radio transmission from Officer John McKenna, stating that he was in foot pursuit of an armed suspect in the area of Verona Street. Officer McHale, along with other officers, responded to that location to assist in the search for the suspect. After clearing that scene and continuing to work, Officer McHale heard another radio transmission reporting a serious motor vehicle accident with injuries involving two Lynn Police cruisers at the intersection of Chestnut Street and Western Avenue. Officer McHale, who is a paramedic, responded immediately to the scene of the accident. He assisted other paramedics and Fire Department personnel in the treatment and extrication of Officer Gregory Leblanc. According to several officers at the scene, “Officer McHale demonstrated the highest level of professionalism in providing assistance to emergency personnel in the treatment of the injured officer.” As stated by Lieutenant Flynn, “Officer McHale is very deserving of being selected as “Officer of the Month”, not only for this incident, but also for several other occasions in which his experience and training as a paramedic has proven to be very valuable to the Department and to the City of Lynn.”
This month’s LPD “Officer of the Month” is Officer Edward Pettipas, who is currently assigned to the Second Division. Officer Pettipas was nominated for this honor by Lieutenant David Brown, who described two recent incidents in which multiple suspects were taken into custody as a result of the efforts of officers of the Second Division, including Officer Pettipas.
On June 26, 2008, Officers Pettipas and Harkness were dispatched to the area of Lawrence Road on a report of individuals breaking into cars. The officers subsequently observed a vehicle pull out of Fays Avenue, which they followed onto Victory Road. The occupants fled the vehicle, and after a foot chase, Officer Pettipas was able to take a 16-year-old male party into custody. Following an interview with this juvenile by Officer Pettipas, two other individuals were also arrested for receiving stolen property and related charges; and $3,875 in cash, GPS devices, and other stolen items were recovered.
On July 2, 2008, Officers Beaver and Harkness responded to the 7-Eleven in Wyoma Square on a report of a robbery. The clerk stated that he was robbed by two females, one of which was armed with a hypodermic needle. A short time later, Officer Pettipas located a suspect on Richardson Road. A MSP K-9 Unit was called to the scene and led officers to a residence on Richardson Road. During the investigation, Officer Pettipas applied for and was granted a search warrant; and three individuals were taken into custody, including two for their involvement in the earlier robbery.
Lieutenant Brown stated that the arrests from these incidents were the result of the great teamwork by all of the officers involved, and in particular, were due to the solid contributions by Officer Pettipas. From the period of July 15 – August 14, 2008, Officer Pettipas has been given the exclusive use (24/7) of a designated parking space, which is located right next to the spaces currently reserved for our Captains.
This month’s LPD “Officer of the Month” is Detective Paul Holey, who is currently assigned to the Special Investigations Unit. Detective Holey was nominated for this honor by Lieutenant Dennis Flynn, who stated that “Detective Holey has demonstrated his dedication to duty and his service to the community throughout his career at the Lynn Police Department.” He then described the recent incident which took place on the morning of May 27, 2008, at approximately 0210 hours. Detective Holey, who was on patrol in the area of Commercial Street and Alley Street, was confronted by an individual armed with a knife. Detective Holey made several attempts to convince the individual to drop the weapon; however, the male party lunged at Detective Holey, forcing him to discharge his duty weapon in order to defend himself. Lieutenant Flynn further stated that “this is only one example of Detective Holey’s professionalism and dedication to duty. He is certainly a credit to the Lynn Police Department and to the citizens of Lynn.”
I am very pleased to announce that our selection for the first “Officer of the Month” is Officer Robert Ferrari, who currently serves as our School Security Officer. Officer Ferrari was nominated for this honor by Captain Leonard Desmarais, who stated that “Officer Ferrari’s many months of preparation work while working cooperatively with the School Department played a large part in the coordinated, professional response to the shots fired incident outside of Lynn Classical on May 9th. Captain Desmarais further noted that route officers and sector sergeants were more familiar with the schools procedures due to Officer Ferrari’s ensuring they were always present at their respective school’s lockdown drills.