Recognizing the Swearing in and Heroic Actions of Hudson Police Officers

February 3, 2017

 

by Len Lathrop

It was standing room only at the Ann Seabury room of the Hudson Police station on the afternoon of Friday, Jan. 27. Families, friends and fellow officers were gathered there to honor the four newest members of the force and to recognize six officers for their actions that saved the lives of community members.

After welcoming those attending, Chief Jason Lavoie asked Police Chaplain Reverend David Howe, whose words truly put into perspective the work of police in Hudson and across the nation:

“To those who are receiving awards today, thank you for doing your jobs and making a difference. Everyone likes to hear a thank you now and then; I know that you don’t come to work every day expecting them, but it is nice to hear. I want to add my sincere than you to each of you. To our new officers being sworn in today, my prayers are with you, as they are with all other officers, as you enter this vocation at a time when many would choose a different path. Across our country way too many officers have lost their lives in the last year. Some of them have been targeted just because they are police officers. Thank you to every person in this room today whether you are police, or a family member, for serving and protecting in this community. Heavenly Father, as we gather in this room this afternoon for this long anticipated, yet solemn moment in the lives of officers Merrill, Morin, Neff and Valcourt, I ask that you would give them our guiding hand of protection and that you would help them in the moments where decisions must be made in split seconds giving them wisdom that comes with training, experience and perhaps most of all, from your unseen Presence. Lord I ask that you would bless their families with an understanding mind and heart for the thing that they commit to today. I ask this in the name of Jesus.”

Hudson Board of Selectmen Vice-Chairman Marilyn McGrath performed the swearing in of the new officers:

Officer Tyler Merrill – Officer Merrill is joining us from Manchester-Boston Regional Airport where he worked as a transportation security officer. Officer Merrill graduated from Franklin Pierce University in May 2013 with a Bachelor’s degree in criminal justice. Officer Merrill resides in Litchfield.

Officer Taylor Morin – Officer Morin tested with us while serving as a telecommunications technician with our department. Office Morin graduated from Mount Washington College in December 2014 with an Associate of Science degree in criminal justice. Officer Morin resides in Hudson.

Officer Andrew Valcourt – Officer Valcourt is joining us from Northeast Installation and The Huntington. Officer Valcourt graduated from UMASS Lowell in August 2015 with a Bachelor’s Degree in criminal justice. He is working on obtaining his Master of Arts degree in homeland defense /security studies. Officer Valcourt resides in Nashua.

Officers graduated from the 171st New Hampshire Police Academy in Concord on Dec. 16. They will continue with in-service training and field training with a PTO until assigned to patrol.

Officer Jered Neff – Officer Neff is a New Hampshire certified police officer coming from the Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Department after graduating from the 158th Police Academy. He is currently working towards a Bachelor’s degree in criminal justice at Bridgewater State College. Officer Neff resides in Manchester.

Upon completion of in-service training and field training with a PTO, Officer Neff will be assigned to patrol.

Sergeant Michael Davis – Congratulations to Michael Davis on his promotion from master patrol officer to the rank of sergeant. Sergeant Davis has been with the Hudson Police Department since February 1999. He earned his Bachelor’s degree in criminal justice from Hesser College. Sergeant Davis, his wife Kristin and two daughters Ella & Lyla reside in Hudson.

The  “Life Saving Commendation Award” 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 to the following:

On July 14, 2015, Master Patrol Officer Steven McElhinney and Master Patrol Officer John Mirabella responded to a call and were instrumental in saving the life of an unresponsive subject.

On December 7, 2015, Master Patrol Officer John Mirabella responded to a call for a subject that was choking.

On December 27, 2015, Master Patrol Officer Steven McElhinney and Master Patrol Officer Brian Morgan responded to a call for a suicidal subject.

On March 3, 2016, Officer Daniel Donahue and Officer Matthew Topper responded to a call and were instrumental in saving the life of an unresponsive subject.

On April 14, 2016, Master Patrol Officer Brian Morgan and Officer Ronald Cloutier responded to a call and were instrumental in saving the life of an unresponsive subject.

On September 24, 2016, Master Patrol Officer Brian Morgan responded to a call and was instrumental in saving the life of an unresponsive subject.

As the cerebration was coming to a close, Chief Lavoie introduced two special guests Mr. and Mrs. XXx XXXXX. They were there to thank Officer Morgan for the help he provided to Mr. Xxxx in his medical emergency