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By Laurel J. Sweet
Friday, October 31, 2008


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MY HERO: Boston Police officer John Conway holds his son, John Jr., at a State House ceremony yesterday.

Their upper lips as stiff as the Queen's Guard, their mothers' lowers lips trembling with pride, 10 state troopers and seven Boston police officers were saluted at the State House yesterday for their extraordinary courage.
"The service and the sacrifice that we acknowledge today is exceptional by any measure," Gov. Deval Patrick said as he addressed the sea of blue before assisting State Police Col. Mark Delaney in the presentation of awards.
Medals of Valor were bestowed on Trooper Shawn Riley - who broke his wrist Feb. 23 tackling a gunman who'd opened fire on the crowd during a "Girls Gone Wild Tour" promotion in Boston's Aria nightclub - and Boston Police Youth Violence Strike Force officers Dean Bickerton, James Clark, John Conway, Daran Edwards, Lynwood Jenkins, Joel Resil and Anthony Williams.
Two clubgoers were shot in the melee, but the eight officers working as a team prevented a chaotic scene from turning catastrophic.
Also feted with Medals of Valor were state police Lt. Michael Domnarski and Sgt. James Nanof, who on Jan. 28 in freezing temperatures and fading light captured a man who'd allegedly just killed his ex-girlfriend and shot one of her co-workers in Webster, and then proceeded to fire atstate police helicopter.
Trooper James O'Leary received the Medal of Merit for single-handedly holding four shooting suspects at gunpoint Feb. 10 in Brockton.
Medals of Lifesaving went to Trooper Gene Baker, who on March 27 saved an elderly man from choking to death on steak in a restaurant, and Troopers Stephen Burgess, Sean Barry and Stephen Gregorczyk, who last October saved a Springfield pedestrian run down and critically injured by a motorist.

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Congrats...it must kind of piss them off to receive the Medal from the Governor that is stabbing them in the back..
 

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MSP Sgt honored

Friday, October 31, 2008

State police sergeant honored for difficult arrest

Three area residents were among 17 local and state police officers honored at the Statehouse in Boston yesterday for bravery and service.

A state police sergeant was honored for his role in the arrest of a man charged with killing his estranged girlfriend at a Webster business.

State police Sgt. James S. Nanof of Lancaster and Lt. Michael J. Domnarski of Palmer received the Medal of Valor given to law enforcement authorities who performed "specific acts of bravery or have exhibited outstanding courage while performing their duties," according to state police.

William J. Goddard of Worcester was arrested in Berlin Jan. 28 after a standoff with police. He was arrested in connection with a double shooting inside Action Crash Parts in Webster that killed his estranged girlfriend, a mother of five, and injured a male co-worker. After the shooting, Mr. Goddard drove to Spencer, changed vehicles, and headed to Worcester. He eventually ended up in Berlin, where police found him in the back of a residential property. A standoff ensued.

According to state police, Lt. Domnarski took command, while Sgt. Nanof, of the state police crisis negotiation unit, tried to establish dialogue with Mr. Goddard.

"As the suspect bent down and then stood back up, the lieutenant fired bean bag sock rounds at him, striking him in the lower extremities," state police said in a written statement.

Mr. Goddard was arrested and charged with murder.

State Trooper Stephen J. Gregorczyk of Worcester yesterday received the Medal of Lifesaving.

According to state police, Trooper Gregorczyk and two other troopers were working in Springfield last October when they were called to a car accident involving a pedestrian. The pedestrian was seriously injured, and troopers were able to insert an emergency oral airway, apply a bag valve mask, and perform rescue breathing. The 33-year-old man survived the crash and is going through rehabilitation and therapy.
 

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Mass. State Police trooper from New Bedford named Trooper of the Year



Mass. State Trooper David Reis was the officer responsible for the capture of Anthony Flye.

PETER PEREIRA

By Brian Fraga
Standard-Times staff writer
November 01, 2008 6:00 AM

NEW BEDFORD - "Professional hide and seek" is how Massachusetts State Police Trooper David Reis describes his job.
The concept is the same, only the people trying to hide are criminals on the run. And with Trooper Reis, they rarely win.
"It's hide and seek, just stepped up," said Trooper Reis, 41, a member of the state police Violent Fugitive Apprehension Section, a unit charged with finding and arresting fugitives.
Trooper Reis, a New Bedford native, will be honored today by the Retired Massachusetts State Troopers Association as its Trooper of the Year, an award recognized as especially prestigious.
"To be recognized by those who came before you and truly know what it means to be a Massachusetts state trooper, it's an even greater honor," he said.
In 2002, Trooper Reis joined the VFAS South Team, which tracks fugitives throughout Southeastern Massachusetts. Since then, he has played a central role in tracking and arresting dozens of individuals charged with notorious crimes that include murder, rape, deadly assault and child abuse.
"No other police officer from any agency comes close to having the impact on the dogged pursuit and apprehension of criminals as David has," New Bedford police spokesman Lt. Jeffrey P. Silva said.
"He is really everything someone could aspire to be in terms of a police officer."
Trooper Reis has helped New Bedford police arrest several individuals this year wanted for high-profile crimes.
In April, he arrested Anthony Flye, an alleged rapist who had escaped from St. Luke's Hospital. Months later, he helped U.S. marshals locate a fugitive in Maryland who had been wanted for a double stabbing in New Bedford.
In June, Trooper Reis led New Bedford police to charge Brian Knippers with the severe beating and rape of a prostitute after he noted similarities between a string of Brockton rapes and the New Bedford case.
Lt. Silva credits Trooper Reis with having uncanny investigative instincts.
"He just has a knack for it. He's like an investigative sponge," Lt. Silva said. "He's so plugged in and acts on intelligence so quickly, he can put feet on the street really fast."
Trooper Reis downplayed his successes, saying they result from networking with law enforcement agencies, searching computer databases and listening to the right individuals.
"I just talk to people," he said. "I have time to do it. The detectives are branded with the actual investigation. I just have to find the people."
An avid athlete who has played sports his entire life, Trooper Reis said VFAS is the best team he has ever been on.
"I love the adrenaline rush," he said. "It's a constant challenge."
Trooper Reis has successfully met many challenges since he graduated first in his police academy class almost 20 years ago.
He is a fourth-degree black belt in jujitsu, loves playing ice hockey and is an avid runner. He has run the Boston Marathon twice and competed in local road races. While training for the marathon, he once ran home to New Bedford from the state police barracks in Bourne.
Trooper Reis is also a devoted husband and father of four young daughters.
David and Irene Reis of New Bedford are proud of their son's accomplishments.
"He's a great father and a great husband," Mr. Reis said. "The way he's today, he's always been. He does everything professionally and with a good disposition."
Trooper Reis' mother said he has always been humble.
"He usually doesn't want a lot of praise," she said. "He was like that in sports and in school. He's always been a leader who's been fair to everyone."

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Congratulations troopers and officers on your awards! Nothing like being recognized by your peers for jobs well done.
 

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State trooper from Norton honored

NORTON - A local resident and state police trooper has been hailed for his involvement in the February arrests of four shooting suspects in Brockton, whom he held at gunpoint until his backup arrived.

Trooper James D. O'Leary received the Massachusetts State Police Medal of Merit from State Police Superintendent Col. Mark F. Delaney during a Statehouse ceremony.

O'Leary was honored for his involvement in the arrests of the suspects early on the morning of Feb. 10.

In the moments after the shooting, which wounded two men, O'Leary observed a vehicle fleeing the area at a high rate of speed.

He activated his blue lights and pulled into the path of the fleeing car, causing it to stop. He got out of his cruiser and held the four occupants at gunpoint while waiting for backup. As he did so, the driver tried to open his door to get out of the car and flee, but O'Leary slammed his body against the door to keep it from opening.

As backup arrived, a backseat passenger got out of the vehicle and began to run away. O'Leary chased that suspect on foot over fences, through yards and down a sidewalk, finally apprehending him with assistance from a Brockton officer.

Back at the car O'Leary had stopped, Brockton police officers found a weapon in the vehicle.

O'Leary is assigned to the State Police D Troop Community Action Team in Brockton. His previous assignments have included the Foxboro and Middleboro barracks and the Norfolk County State Police Detective Unit.

While serving at the Foxboro barracks, he served as a police prosecutor in Attleboro District Court.

He has been awarded the "Bulldog of the Month," an honor bestowed by the State Police union, and two Troop Commander's Commendations.

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Wonderful Job...It is great to get recognized for jobs well done.
 

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Great job guys. I received an award in the State house years ago and it was a great feeling to be up there in front off all your fellow Officers. Congrats!!!!!!!!!!!!
 

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Job well done men. Also to the many other police officers who go above and beyond and often do not get any recognition. These heroic incidents occur more often then the public, press, and at time our own department's, care to realize.
 

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Deval Patrick salutes hero cops

By Jessica Van Sack
Monday, December 8, 2008

A Boston police detective shot in the line of duty last year and the partner who helped him grapple with a gun-toting gangbanger are to be awarded medals of honor by Gov. Deval Patrick today at the State House.
Detective Stephen P. Romano and state Trooper Jimi Grasso are being honored for their bravery on May 23, 2007, when their patrol of the gang-plagued Bowdoin Street area nearly turned deadly. They were trying to interview two men on bikes when one of those men, Antonio Franklin, 22, bolted from the scene, prompting Romano and Grasso to follow. As Romano caught up to him, Franklin pulled out a .357 revolver from his waistband and fired. Even as Franklin kept shooting, Romano refused to release his grip on the suspect. Grasso fired back at Franklin, wounding him in the side and arm and ending the assault. One of the bullets ricocheted off a bone in Franklin and bounced under Romano's Kevlar vest into his chest.
Romano is now with the fugitive unit. Franklin was convicted of charges related to the incident and sentenced to prison.
The two Hub heroes are among 28 officers to be honored at the 25th annual Trooper George L. Hanna Jr. Memorial Awards Ceremony today. Cops from Dalton, Malden, the MBTA Transit Police, Milton, Springfield and Somerville are also expected to receive awards. Trooper George L. Hanna had been a member of the state police for nearly a decade when, on the night of Feb. 26, 1983, he was fatally shot by three assailants in Auburn.

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Group honors 63 in police department

The Boston Police Relief Association honored 63 members of the department at the organization's 137th annual ball last night at Lombardo's in Randolph. Mayor Thomas M. Menino and Police Commissioner Edward F. Davis spoke at the event, emceed by Boston Herald columnist Joe Fitzgerald. The men and woman recognized had displayed valor in the line of duty over the past year, said Police Superintendent Daniel P. Linskey, chairman of the Department Awards Board, in a statement released before the ceremony.
 

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Congrats to all those who bestow such great credit upon our profession. Job well done!
 
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What was everyone else busy that night!!!! C'mon, he slams cops throughout his columns then is at the police function.
I've never seen Joe Fitzgerald slam the police in any of his columns. Quite the opposite, as a matter of fact.
 
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