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Sheriff's sergeant honored for part in Gloucester shooting

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  1. 9X19

    9X19 MassCops Member

    MIDDLETON — Two sergeants from the Essex County Sheriff's Department were honored Friday at the annual Correctional Employee of the Year awards ceremony.

    During the ceremony — presented by the Executive Office of Public Safety and Security, and hosted at the Massachusetts State House — Sgt. Jonathan Credit received the Medal of Honor and Sgt. Dennis Laubner received a Letter of Commendation, for their "outstanding acts of bravery and heroism in the line of duty," according to a press release from the Essex County Sheriff's department.

    Credit's "quick action and professionalism in the face of danger" earned him the Medal of Honor — the highest award given to an officer. On Saturday, Feb. 21, Credit was working a Massachusetts State Police snow removal detail in Gloucester when he spotted a shooting suspect driving on the road. He pursued the suspect, accused of shooting a Minglewood Tavern bouncer, while requesting backup from Gloucester Police. Credit stopped the suspect's vehicle on Essex Avenue, Route 133, and ordered him to surrender.

    Laubner received his Letter of Commendation for his response to a heroin overdose. On Monday, May 18, while traveling with his inmate work crew in Lawrence, he passed a woman whose boyfriend had overdosed on heroin and was unconscious in the passenger seat of her car. Laubner instructed his crew to pull the man out of the car, and subsequently performed CPR on the side of the road. His efforts revived the man.

    The incident was personal for Laubner, as he lost a son to a heroin overdose last June.

    "We are exceptionally proud of both sergeants for their incredible acts of heroism," said Essex County Sheriff Frank G. Cousins Jr. "They will serve as example not only in Essex County, but also for correctional employees throughout the Commonwealth."

    The ceremony recognized correctional employees from seven counties throughout the Commonwealth: Barnstable, Middlesex, Bristol, Norfolk, Plymouth, Essex and Suffolk. Officers from the Department of Correction were also honored.

    Staff writer Amanda Ostuni can be reached at 978-338-2660 or [email protected].

    http://www.gloucestertimes.com/news...cle_cbb1ce6f-299d-5311-b8d8-6698731c34ae.html
     
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  2. BxDetSgt

    BxDetSgt MassCops Member

    Not to be a douche but a car stop and an aided call is routine patrol in my eyes.
     
  3. pahapoika

    pahapoika Subscribing Member

    "a shooting suspect driving on the road. He pursued the suspect, accused of shooting a Minglewood Tavern bouncer"

    Grabbing a guy who just shot somebody doesn't sound like a routine car stop or maybe it is in NYC :D
     
  4. PBC FL Cop

    PBC FL Cop Subscribing Member

    Nice job!!
     
  5. BxDetSgt

    BxDetSgt MassCops Member

    Not that it is not a big deal, and nothing against the Sgt., but Medal of Valor? It does not sound like anything above and beyond. He did his job. Had he gotten into a gun fight, yes but once again "routine patrol".
     
  6. PBC FL Cop

    PBC FL Cop Subscribing Member

    Not to take anything away from the quick action and courageous act the Sgt accomplished but I agree with BxDetSgt. If the Medal of Honor is the highest award given to an officer at the sheriff's office, there possibly could have been another distinguished award this act would have merited below the Medal of Honor. Again not that the act wasn't heroic and without danger but there are definitely other award classifications this could have warranted. Great job Sgt Credit and Sgt Laubner!
     
  7. LA Copper

    LA Copper Subscribing Member

    I'm guessing there's more to the story than is in this article.

    Plus, it sounds like he's a corrections officer and is not a patrol officer so this type of thing isn't his regular type duty. For you and I working in the big city, this is more common place. I'm guessing in a small town like Gloucester, it's kind of unusual.

    Either way, good job!
     
  8. BxDetSgt

    BxDetSgt MassCops Member

    Agreed, and I was remiss by not saying excellent police work Sgt.
     
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  9. pahapoika

    pahapoika Subscribing Member

    and there it is in a nutshell ;)

    We don't get out often so they just want to give the guy a nice "atta boy" :cool:
     
  10. PBC FL Cop

    PBC FL Cop Subscribing Member

    I guess you could say, you should give Sgt Credit where Sgt Credit is due ;)
     
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  11. BxDetSgt

    BxDetSgt MassCops Member

    Does not happen often, trust me!!
     
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  12. PBC FL Cop

    PBC FL Cop Subscribing Member

    Sgt. Jonathan Credit:)
     
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