Manchester police officer Doherty receives Medal of Valor

July 17. 2012 12:00AM
Manchester police Chief David Mara presents the Medal of Valor to Officer Daniel Doherty at a ceremony in Manchester on Monday morning. (DAVID LANE/UNION LEADER)
MANCHESTER - The Manchester patrolman seriously wounded in a gun battle last spring was awarded the Medal of Valor Monday, the department's highest honor.

Officer Daniel Doherty, 25, was honored for his actions during a March 21 foot chase on the West Side when the man he pursued turned and fired multiple shots at Doherty, striking the officer five times as he fired 10 rounds in return and fell to the sidewalk. Myles Webster of Litchfield faces attempted murder and related charges.

The Medal of Valor is a red, white and blue pin bestowed for an act of bravery or accomplishment of extremely difficult police service that requires great skill and intelligence.

Manchester bicycle patrolman Michael L. Briggs, was awarded the Medal of Honor posthumously. Briggs, 35, was fatally shot in October, 2006.

Other department employees who were honored for their actions during the March 21, 2012, incident in which Officer Daniel Doherty was seriously wounded were:

Meritorious Medal: Sgt. Joseph Mucci, officers Matthew Barter and Joseph Breton, detectives Matthew Larochelle, Peter Marr, Patrick Houghton and Michael Bergeron, for their acts involving risk of life in the intelligent performance of police duty in the search and apprehension of the armed man.

Certificates of Recognition: Dispatchers Patrick Mills and Rosaleen Draleaus, for performing their duties flawlessly and not wavering during the chaos over the radio and within the dispatch room, assisting in saving Doherty's life.

Undercover detectives who rendered medical aid to Doherty before emergency medical technicians arrived were honored privately.

Honored for their efforts April 12, 2012, after a man was struck by a train on Canal Street, with a portion of his leg severed, with officers going under the train, rendering immediate medical treatment, and assisting with anything requested, and saving the life of the victim.

Life Saving Medal: Sgt. Joseph Mucci and officers Kenneth Brunini and Joseph Ryan.

Honorable Service Medal: Officers Justin Breton, Scott Ardita and Peter Boylan.

Certificate of Recognition: Officers Derek Feather and Mark Harrington.

Actions to neutralize the threat of an armed man after a motor vehicle stop.

The man was ultimately stopped in Salem, where a substantial quantity of drugs and a loaded 9 millimeter gun were recovered.

Meritorious Medal: Officer Ian Fleming.

Certificate of Recognition: Officers Eric Joyal and Patrick Mullen and Sgt. Jamie Gallant.

Honored for their efforts in saving a woman who attempted suicide by hanging June 3, 2012.

Life Saving Medal: Officers Michael R. Buckley, Brian M. Gillotte and Austin R. Goodman.

Honored for organizing the golf tournament to help pay expenses connected to the treatment and recovery of Officer Daniel Doherty: Officers Christopher Day and Patrick Maguire.

FBI Supervisory Special Agent Kieran Ramsay also presented several awards from FBI Director Robert S. Mueller, praising the partnership of the FBI and the Manchester Police Department.

An award for efforts in the investigation and ultimate capture and prosecution of a robbery gang, who used sawed-off shotguns in bank and business robberies in the fall and winter of 2010, and are now serving sentences of 20 years to 35 years in federal prison went to detectives Carlo Capano and Matthew Larochelle.

Awards to the SWAT unit for efforts in trying to apprehend a Bank of America-Hooksett branch robber in a standoff that ended with a suicide in December 2011, and to the SIU for gang surveillance and/or investigations that resulted in 20 federal prosecutions were accepted by Lt. Shawn Fournier.

A special award was presented to Detective Brian Caldwell, who worked undercover in the drug unit from 2006 to 2012.

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