Nashua Police Department officers receive honors for exceptional achievement
By KIMBERLY HOUGHTON Union Leader Correspondent
NASHUA — Numerous city police officers — including four fallen members of the Nashua Police Department — were honored last week as part of National Police Week.
Select members of the city’s police force were recognized for exceptional achievement, dedication and contributions throughout the past year during the department’s annual awards ceremony on May 13.
Three officers, including Andrew Karlis, Peter Forgione and John Hannigan, each received a commendation bar for life-saving efforts.
Karlis’ was honored for successfully performing CPR on a woman who he witnessed stumbling and eventually falling to the ground last fall while walking on a city sidewalk.
After a quick assessment of the 25-year-old woman, Karlis found she was not breathing, had no pulse and was turning blue, according to a press release. He initiated CPR and the woman resumed breathing on her own.
“Officer Karlis’ knowledge, experience and decisive action resulted in saving a young woman’s life,” according to the press release.
Karlis also received the 2013 Nashua Police Department Officer of the Year Award.
Other honorees included retired officer Todd Moriarty, who received the Nashua Patrol Officers Association Officer of the Year award for 2013, and information technology network administrator Joshua St. Onge and detention specialist William Silva, who were both awarded Nashua Police Department Civilians of the Year awards for 2013.
Det. Marc Anderson and Sgt. Daniel Mederos were honored as 2013 Nashua Police Department Detectives of the Year.
In addition, the department’s Crisis Intervention Unit received a commendation bar for distinguished unit action. Those individuals recognized include Lt. Francis Bourgeois, Sgt. Carlos Camacho, Det. Adalberto Garcia, Det. Christopher Ditullio, Det. Phillip Costa and officers Michael Dore and Nicole Clay.
Police Chief John Seusing also honored the families of four fallen officers by presenting each family with a badge that was ceremoniously retired.
The four fallen officers honored were Officer James Roche, Officer Michael Latvis, Officer Edward Graziano and Acting Chief Armand Roussel.
Roche died in 1928 after being shot by a burglar.
Latvis died in 1956 from injuries sustained in a motor vehicle accident while responding to an emergency call.
Graziano died in 1964 from injuries sustained during a motorcycle accident while patrolling Daniel Webster Highway.
Roussel died in 1971 after being shot by a man who had taken a hostage at gunpoint.
Several police volunteers also received recognition, including Mery Rose, Linda Gogolin, Eugene Mueller, Susan Curtis and Kathy Belknap.
Several officers received letters of recognition for their roles in various police investigations.