2013-05-03 / In the Know

In the Know

Public safety awards handed out
By B. Michael Thurlow Special Contributor

Last Saturday the town’s public safety departments gathered for their annual joint awards ceremony to recognize outstanding work during the 2012 calendar year. The event is always open to the public and once again was well attended.

The fire department recognized the following years of service awards:

Five years – Angelo Mazzone, Michael Watts, Brian Dougher, Mike Price, Craig Bouchard, Matt Brochu, Greg Payson and Michael Schadtle.

Ten years – Mark Stults, Peter Ollove, Brian Cousino, Michael Hoyt, David Corbeau and Jon Martin.

Fifteen years – Stephen Higgins, Bruce Quint, Vincent Pelletier, Ken Pendleton, Jeff Rogers, Micki Buteau, Julia Deering, Heather Ouellette, Ellen Pallotta and Becky Randall.

Gold badges for 20 years of service were conferred upon Nate Bennett, Robert Conlogue, Richard Collins and Richard Somerville. Recipients of the Vern Paulsen award for 25 years of service went to Gordon Lane, Tim O’Brien, William Thomas and Jim McCormick. Steve Chamberlain received the Chief Robert Carson award for 35 years of dedicated service. The Chief John Harmon award for 40 years of service went to Gary Tapley. Neal Paulsen was honored for 50 years of service with the Chief Eldred Harmon award.

Finally, the fire department recognized Bruce Bell and Clayton Skillin for their exceptional 55 years of active service by creating a new award named after long-time rescue and fire police member Grant Worthing.

The police department recognized Brian Nappi for five years of service; Don Laflin, Glenn Tucker and Jaime Higgins for 10 years; and Art Green for 15 years of service.

The George Nickerson award for 25 years of service was presented to Timothy O’Brien and Ivan Ramsdell.

Cathy Chandler and Eric Berry where honored with the Chief John Flaherty award for 30 years of service.

The fire department granted unit citations for exceptional teamwork to Robert Meserve, Herb Hughes, Ron Doucette, Dave Oliver, Rick Higgins, Ed Zsiga and Richard Moulton of the fire police for their work during Hurricane Sandy.

Brian Smart, Brian Phipps, Tim Cram and Tony Attardo were recognized for their rescue of an unconscious victim from a structure fire on Ward Street and Shannon Mazyck, Nate Bennett, Jake Letendre, Todd Zsiga and Steve Sloan were honored for their teamwork during a successful cardiac arrest resuscitation at the Big 20 Bowling Alley.

The police department issued unit citations for a robbery at Dr. Stereo to Tom Chard, Tim Barker, Mike Sawyer, Andrew Flynn and Don Blatchford and to Andrew Flynn, Garrett Strout and Scott Vaughn for the efforts of the newly created special traffic enforcement team.

The police department also issued formal commendations to officers Josh Guay, Tim Barker, Andrew Flynn, Bob Moore, Mike Beeler, Tom Selby and Jaime Higgins for meritorious service during a number of different serious calls.

Citizens Merit awards were presented to Nikki Jackson for saving the life of a 3-year-old child, who was drowning in a pool, by performing CPR; Steven Butler for rescuing an traffic accident victim just before their car burst into flames prior to the arrival of first responders; and Mike Sharkey was honored for a marine rescue on the Scarborough River, where a female nearly drowned after falling out of her kayak and being pulled out to sea by the raging tide.

The Haz Mat Team Chiefs presented a merit award to Chief John True for his nine years of service as the team coordinator. The police department leadership award was presented to Officer Josh Guay.

Officers Tim Barker and Glen Tucker received the police department’s lifesaving award.

Ben Wildes was named the fire department’s student of the year and Lt. Joe Carroll was named fire officer of the year.

Paramedic of the year went to Lt. Erin Stone and firefighter of the year was Bill Weeks. Joe Thornton was named dispatcher of the year and Scott Vaughn was named police officer of the year.

Finally, Officer John Gill was awarded the police department Medal of Valor for his professional actions while under gunfire during a felony arrest while assigned to the Maine Violent Offenders Taskforce.

This important annual event gives the departments an opportunity to honor many years of dedication to duty as well as recognize individuals and teams for their outstanding work during the past year. Most of the awards are very meaningful to the recipients because they are nominated and selected by their peers.

If you have any questions about his article you may contact me at mthurl@ci.scarborough.me.us or 730-4201. B. Michael Thurlow is fire chief for Scarborough.

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