|STATE OF CONNECTICUT
Department of Public Safety
1111 Country Club Road
Middletown, Connecticut 06457
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
April 12, 2006
Troopers from Troop E Receive Service Awards
State Police Troopers from Troop E in
Twice a year, the Connecticut State Police honors Troopers who demonstrated bravery and outstanding service in the line of duty. The ceremony also honors men and women serving in local and federal law enforcement agencies and those serving as first responders. Award winners received medals and certificates from Department of Public Safety Commissioner Leonard C. Boyle and Governor M. Jodi Rell.
Awards are presented in four categories:
Ø The Meritorious Service Medal is awarded to any person who renders service with a high degree of alertness, perseverance and superior judgment in the performance of a difficult task resulting in the protection of life, recovery of property, the prevention of – or solving of – a major crime or the apprehension of an armed or dangerous person.
Ø The Lifesaving Award is presented to any person who saves a human life or makes a valiant attempt to save a life.
Ø The Outstanding Service Award is given to any person who successfully performs an extreme, complex or difficult investigation. The person also may demonstrate exceptional skill or ingenuity in the apprehension of a wanted person, provide outstanding service to the public and or continuously achieves excellence in performance of duties over an extended period of time.
Ø The Unit Citation is awarded to members of a department, a command or group who combine their resources to achieve success in an investigation or event. The citation recognizes exceptional collective efforts.
Troop E barracks of the Connecticut State Police, located in
Trooper First Class David Hayes. Last December, a two-vehicle accident was reported in
Trooper First Class George Muriel and Trooper First Class David Hayes. In October of 2005, Troopers Muriel and Hayes were dispatched to Pachaug Pond in Griswold for a report of a vehicle that had driven off the boat ramp and into the water. The Troopers arrived at the scene, secured their gun belts and boots and entered the cold water. They made repeated dives for twenty minutes until they located the submerged vehicle seventy-five feet out and twelve feet under the water. After several physical attempts by the troopers, they freed the driver, pulled him to the surface and brought him to shore where he was attended to by medical personnel. The victim was transported by ambulance to a local hospital. The Troopers each received a Lifesaving Medal.
Trooper Michael Browning, Trooper Randy Silvestri, Trooper Todd Harbeck. The troopers were dispatched to a residence in the Town of
Sergeant Todd Lynch & Trooper First Class Stowell Burnham of the Connecticut State Police and Corporal David Lachapelle & Officer Steven Johnson of the Westerly (R.I.) Police Dept. In August of 2004, an inmate escaped from the
Trooper First Class George Muriel and Trooper First Class James Collins. Early this year, Detectives and Troopers, along with members of the State Fire Marshal’s Office, began an arson investigation into a fire at the old
Trooper Mark Boulanger. In October of 2005, Troop E received a 911 call from Voluntown reporting that a male suspect, armed with a pistol, had smashed a window. The suspect allegedly entered a residence and waved the pistol around in a threatening manner. Troopers were immediately dispatched and obtained a description of the suspect who had fled the scene. Trooper Boulanger observed the suspect’s vehicle on Route 165 as he responded to the residence. Trooper Boulanger conducted a felony motor vehicle stop and took the suspect into custody after a brief physical altercation. A loaded semi-automatic pistol was located in the vehicle within immediate reach of the suspect. Subsequent investigation revealed that the accused also was wanted on two outstanding warrants. Trooper Boulanger received an award for Meritorious Service.