Hudson Police Recognize Milestones and Heroic Efforts

December 20, 2019


It was an afternoon that marked new beginnings, milestones and achievements for the Hudson Police Department.  A swearing-in ceremony for new officers along with awarding promotions and awards at the Hudson Rec Center on Tuesday, Dec. 17 at 3 p.m.  After introducing staff and guests, Captain Dave Bianchi led the Pledge of Allegiance with an invocation from Reverend David Howe, Hudson’s police chaplain of more than 34 years.  Hudson Board of Selectmen Chairman David S. Morin began the ceremonies by swearing in five new officers.

Recruit Officer Adam Royston

Officer Royston has been employed as an Armed Guard for Paragon Systems since April.  Officer Royston graduated from Billerica (Mass.) Memorial High School and attended Central Texas College while deployed in the Middle East for the U.S. Army.  Officer Royston resides in Billerica with his wife, Jordan, and their daughter.

Recruit Officer John Pinard

Officer Pinard has been self-employed as a dog trainer since January.  In May 2011, Officer Pinard graduated from Lakes Region Community College with an associate degree in fire science.  Officer Pinard resides in Manchester with his girlfriend, Jennifer.

Recruit Officer Ethan Brodell

Officer Brodell has been employed as a court officer for the Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office since December 2018.  In May, Officer Brodell graduated from Southern New Hampshire University with a bachelor’s degree in science justice studies.  Officer Brodell resides in Merrimack.

Recruit Officer Cecelia Ortega

Officer Ortega has been employed as a special agent for the Washington State Gambling Commission since November 2018.  In 2012, Officer Ortega graduated from Durham University with a master’s degree in socio-cultural anthropology and from Southern New Hampshire University with a master’s degree in justice studies.  Officer Ortega resides in Penacook.

Recruit Officer Victoria Shaw

Officer Shaw was selected as team captain for New England College Girl’s Hockey by her peers.  Officer Shaw has received numerous awards including the Criminal Justice of the Year Award.  In May, Officer Shaw graduated from New England College with a bachelor’s degree in psychology and criminal justice.  Officer Shaw resides in Pelham.

“I’m demanding of my entire staff and expect everyone to give me 100-percent effort every day,” said Chief William Avery.  “The five of you are embarking on a journey which will consist of ups and downs, but at the end of the day you must always do what’s right. You will need to lean on your brother and sister officers when you are down; rest assured we will be there for you.”

The following three staff members received promotions:

Captain David Binachi

Congratulations to David Bianchi on his recent promotion from lieutenant to the rank of captain.  Captain Bianchi has been with the Hudson Police Department since June 1996.  He earned his associates’ degree in liberal studies and criminal justice from Mount Wachusett Community College.  Captain Bianchi resides in Hudson with his wife, Linda, and their two children.

Lieutenant Steven McElhinney

Congratulations to Steven McElhinney on his recent promotion from sergeant to the rank of lieutenant.  Lieutenant McElhinney has been with the Hudson Police Department since July 2007.  He earned his bachelor’s degree in history from the University of Norwich.  Lieutenant McElhinney resides in Londonderry with his wife, Lindsey, and their two children.

Sergeant Patrick Broderick

Congratulations to Patrick Broderick on his recent promotion from master patrol officer to the rank of sergeant.  Sergeant Broderick has been with the Hudson Police Department since December 2004.  He earned his bachelor’s degree in criminal justice from Norwich University.  Sergeant Broderick resides in Manchester with his wife, Meaghan, and their two children.

The following members received awards:

The Life Saving Commendation Award is for performing CPR or other life-saving measures to save or attempt to save a person’s life, demonstrating dedication to preserve life was presented as follows:  On Aug. 6, Lieutenant Mike Davis, Master Patrol Officer Dan Donahue and Officer Taylor Morin responded to a call and were instrumental in assisting with an unexpected childbirth at home.

The Distinguished Unit Action Award is given to employees for outstanding service that resulted from teamwork as a unit rather than an individual effort.  On Sept. 14, Lieutenant Mike Gosselin, Sergeant Pat McStravick, Master Patrol Officer Matt Topper, Master Patrol Officer Jered Neff, Officer Tyler Merrill, Officer Andrew Valcourt, Officer Taylor Tambouris, Officer David Glaser, Dispatcher Heather Poole, and Dispatcher Angela Allen all worked together as a unit for a serious call.

The Chief’s Achievement Award is presented to employees for highly professional conduct that brings great credit upon themselves and the Hudson Police Department.  Sergeant Pat Broderick received this award for his efforts in fighting the illicit drug trade.  Master Patrol Officer Rachelle Megowen received this award for her dedication and extensive assistance in recruitment and the Service Bureau.

“I have witnessed the actions from the members of the Hudson Police Department for over 27 years, and daily the women and men of this agency make me so proud to wear a Hudson Police badge,” said Chief Avery.