2012-05-04 / In the Know

Public safety holds awards banquet

By B. Michael Thurlow
Special contributor


Scarborough fire and police honor guard, front from left, are Ryan Sargent, Steve Thibodeau, Mike Balzano, Tom Chard and Arthur Greene. Back, Andrew Flynn, Joe Pallotta, John O’Malley, Geoff MacLean, Eric Greenleaf and Gary Tapley. (Courtesy photo) Scarborough fire and police honor guard, front from left, are Ryan Sargent, Steve Thibodeau, Mike Balzano, Tom Chard and Arthur Greene. Back, Andrew Flynn, Joe Pallotta, John O’Malley, Geoff MacLean, Eric Greenleaf and Gary Tapley. (Courtesy photo) Last Saturday the Scarborough Public Safety departments, police, fire, dispatch and emergency medical services held their joint awards ceremony at Scarborough High School to honor outstanding achievements during calendar year 2011.

Scarborough is quite unique in that all of our public safety departments work so well together and this annual event helps illustrate that. Not only do we work hand-in-hand on a daily basis, but we come together to recognize the good work of our colleagues during this annual joint recognition ceremony.

This year, 21 Fire/EMS personnel were recognized for five, 10 or 15 years of service. Firefighters Stephen Baxter, Adam Cafro, Lonny Martin, Peter Hansen, Dana Larrabee, Ryan Sargent, Karlton Jones, and Jeff Grinnell received their five-year of service awards. Captain Jon Rioux, Josh Carmichael, Scott Dunn, John Cenate, Tom Schneller and Adele Jones received their 10-year of service awards and Chad Johnston and Andy Clark received their 15-year service awards.

Police officer Scott Vaughan and Dispatcher Tom Selby received their five-year service awards, Officer Mike Sawyer and fire-police Captain Robert Meserve received their 10-year service awards and Sergeant Steve Thibodeau and Marine Resource Officer Dave Corbeau received their 15-year service awards.

The police department presented the following special years of service awards:

Capt. George Nickerson Award for 25 years to Detective Sergeant Rick Rouse; and Chief John Flaherty Award for 30 years to Evidence Technician Ronald Nelson

The fire department presented the following special years of service awards:

Gold Badge Award for 20 years to Captain Geoff MacLean, Russell Wallace and Todd Zsiga; Vernon Paulsen Award for 25 years to Deputy Chief Anthony Attardo, Lt. Alan Nielsen, Peter Paras and Dan Litchfield; Irwin Faunce Award for 30 years to Firefighter Arthur Greene; Robert S. Carson Award for 35 years to Chief B. Michael Thurlow, Deputy Chief Glen Deering, Capt. David Jackson and Firefighters Dan Larrabee and Steve Chamberlain; and Chief Eldred Harmon Award for 50 years to Firefighter Benjamin Chase.

In addition to the years of service awards, the following special awards were presented based on nominations from the employee’s peers:

Police Officer of the Year, Ronald Nelson; Dispatcher of the Year, Joe Thornton; Police; Leadership Award, Joe Giacomantonio; Support Service Person of the Year, Ralph Masciovecchio; Student Firefighter of the Year, Troy Cailler; Paramedic of the Year, Shannon Mazyck; Fire Officer of the Year, Lt. Mark Searway; Firefighter of the Year, Levi Jones; Emergency Medical Technician of the Year, Mike Haven; and Citizen Merit Award, Bruce Bell and Laurie Walker.

Chief Moulton presented Police Chief’s Merit Awards to Officer Andrew Flynn and retired Police Chief Hollis Dixon. Chief Thurlow presented a Fire Chief’s Merit Award to Firefighter Chad Johnston.

Both departments presented unit citations to teams of individuals for their professional efforts at serious incidents that required teamwork and cooperation to bring the incident to a successful conclusion. The police department also conferred formal commendations on Officers Doug Weed, Josh Guay, Andrew Flynn, Tim Barker and Sgt. Tom Chard.

The Scarborough Public Safety departments take pride in recognizing the great work of our employees each year at this event. It is always open to the public and is held in mid April each spring to recognize activities in the prior calendar year. Please consider joining us next year if you’ve never attended this moving event in the past.

For more information about this event or any fire department issue please contact me at mthurl@ci.scarborough. me.us or call 730-4201. B. Michael Thurlow is fire chief for Scarborough.

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