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Disaster behavior specialists at town hall Friday

Union Leader Correspondents

April 13. 2012 2:13AM

GREENLAND -- A team of disaster behavior specialists is expected to arrive at the town offices Friday morning to help town officials, employees and residents as they begin to cope with the death of Chief Michael Maloney.

Maloney was killed and four other officers were wounded in a shootout at a Post Road home on Thursday.

'We're a very small town. We only have 11 employees and seven of them are police officers. We're going to be working very closely with that and preparing for what may still be going on and what we may need to do.' Town Administrator Karen Anderson said.

Maloney, who lived in North Hampton, was scheduled to retire on April 20 and Anderson said the town was already working on a transition plan for when Newmarket Detective Sgt. Tara Laurent replaced him.

Anderson said Laurent was sworn in Thursday through an emergency process.

'We're going to miss him. We knew we were going to miss him in eight days and this is just a tragic way to make it so much worse. It's beyond words and it's really just not fair. He was a fantastic chief, but he was a working chief so he wouldn't do anything his guys wouldn't have done. It wasn't unusual for him to be at a scene,' Anderson said.

Rye police have offered to handle all of Greenland's police calls until the town is ready to take over again, Anderson said.

'He was a great chief. He was a working chief. He was not someone to ask someone to do something he wouldn't do himself,'Selectman Mo Sodini said. Sodini is also an EMS member of the fire department.

Sodini said he has been in town for 20 years and nothing like this has ever happened.

'Greenland is not known to be on the map for anything like this,' Sodini said. 'It is rather devastating.'

He said right now the selectmen's role is to take care of the 11 full-time town employees dealing with the tragedy of losing one of their own.

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