|STATE OF CONNECTICUT
Department of Public Safety
1111 Country Club Road
Middletown, Connecticut 06457
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
May 16, 2007
TrooperS from TroopS H & I, Special units
Receive Service Awards
State Police Troopers from Troops H and I, as well as from several specialized units, received awards for service during a ceremony on May 16, 2007, at the
Twice a year, the Connecticut State Police honors Troopers who demonstrate exceptional 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, as well as civilians. Award winners received medals and certificates from Department of Public Safety Commissioner John A. Danaher III and State Police Colonel Thomas Davoren.
Awards are presented in several categories, including:
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.
Connecticut State Police Troop H in
Trooper First Class John Tollis On September 7, 2006, Troop H put out a radio broadcast for a vehicle involved in a burglary of a store in
Trooper First Class Darren Perillo On November 13, 2006, Trooper Perillo of Troop I was on patrol on I-91 in
Trooper First Class Mathew Comeau, Trooper First Class Anthony Cipriano, Trooper First Class Sean Wolf and Trooper First Class Michael Cyrankowski On October 13, 2006, the Naugatuck Police Department contacted Troop I requesting the Emergency Services Unit Tactical Team to assist with a suspect barricaded in his home. The suspect stated that he had nailed the doors and windows shut and that he would be dead before anyone got to his house. He was believed to be possession of a rifle and handgun and refused all attempts of communication. A perimeter was set up around the suspect’s residence with personnel from the Naugatuck Police Department and the State Police.
The suspect set the residence on fire and remained inside. With disregard to their own personal safety, Troopers Comeau, Cipriano, Wolf and Cyrankowski assisted in safely removing people from surrounding houses. As the burning residence became fully engulfed in flames, the suspect leaped out of a second floor window, remaining within inches of the burning building. Again disregarding their own safety, the Troopers immediately and safely apprehended the suspect and removed him from a life-threatening situation which included downed, live electrical wires. Each Trooper earned a Medal for Meritorious Service.
Trooper First Class Kevin Eklund, Trooper First Class Stowell Burnham On September 25, 2006, the Emergency Services Canine Unit was dispatched to
Statewide Narcotics Task Force, Statewide Cooperative Crime Control Task Force (SCCCTF),
Statewide Firearms Trafficking Task Force (SFTTF) On November 16, 2006, at 10:30 a.m., members of SFTTF, specifically Sergeant Arthur Goodale, Detective Joseph Kubish and Detective Roberto Gomez, conducted a comprehensive investigation at a pawn shop in
The investigation led to the discovery that the shop had been buying and selling banned assault weapons over the Internet. These three members of the task force, along with regulatory members from ATF, were able to identify and seize an AK-47-type rifle, an Uzi-41 cal carbine, two Mac 10 pistols, a Ruger Mini 14 with folding stock rifle, one Franchi SPAS 12 Shotgun, one Tec 9mm semi-auto pistol, one Spectra HC 40 cal pistol, one Intertec DC-9 semi auto pistol and two Encom MD-IV 45 semi-automatic pistols.
The superior effort by these members of the Statewide Firearms Trafficking Task Force led to the recovery of 11 banned assault weapons, removing them from the hands of potential criminals. They earned a Unit Citation for their work.