Governor Deval Patrick today honored 22 officers from state and local police departments during the annual award ceremony named for Massachusetts State Trooper George L. Hanna.
"Every day, in countless ways, we are reminded of the crucial role police officers play in keeping our neighborhoods safe," said Governor Patrick. "And we never can forget the dangers they face, the sacrifices they and their families make, and the debt we owe to them. It is of great importance that we recognize today's award recipients. They truly are the finest and the bravest."
The annual presentation of the Trooper George L. Hanna Memorial Awards for Bravery recognized 18 local officers and 4 state troopers who displayed heroism through a wide range of actions to keep our communities safe.
Springfield police officer Kevin A. Ambrose was presented the Medal of Honor posthumously. Responding to a domestic dispute, Ambrose was shot and killed in the line of duty on June 4, 2012.
"These officers serve, save lives, protect and sometimes give their own lives in displays of extraordinary courage, bravery and service," said Secretary of Public Safety and Security Andrea Cabral. "We thank them and all officers for their leadership, professionalism, selflessness and commitment."
Trooper George L. Hanna had been a member of the State Police for nearly 10 years when, on the night of Feb. 26, 1983, he was fatally shot by three assailants after stopping a car in the town of Auburn. Trooper Hanna left his wife Marilyn and three children. The Hanna Awards have become symbol of prestige within the law enforcement community and the Commonwealth.
This year's award winners are:
Boston Police Department: Sergeant Edward T. Norton, Officer Elizabeth Philbin, Officer Mark S. Bordley, Officer Earl G. Jacob, Sergeant Thomas C. Brooks, Officer Pele A. James, Officer Jeol J. Resil,
Medals of Valor
Boston Police Department: Officer Matthew R. Pieroway, Sergeant Edward T. Norton
Malden Police Department: Sergeant Richard J. Correale, Officer John A. Dalaney, Officer Robert B. Selfridge
Massachusetts State Police: Trooper Matthew W. Gladu, Trooper David Z. Podworski Sr., Trooper Keller W. Williams.
Chicopee Police Department: Officer David W. Benoit, Officer Joseph H. Brunelle, Officer Johnny A. Jusino.
Medal of Honor
Saugus Police Department: Lieutenant Detective David T. Gecoya
Malden Police Department: Detective Michael D. Casaletto
Massachusetts State Police: Trooper John M. Vasquez
Springfield Police Department: Officer Kevin A. Ambrose