Home » News » Public Safety
First responders honored for safely ending Middleton standoff
Middleton resident Heather Ducharme, who was taken hostage Jan. 31, thanked all the heroes who came to her aid during a three-hour standoff at her home on Lakeshore Drive. (JOHN QUINN PHOTO)
During a brief ceremony Wednesday night, town officials presented 51 awards - including two for valor - recognizing the efforts of all who responded to the town as Richard Penney, 35, who previously lived in Middleton, held authorities at bay outside a Lakeshore Drive home for three hours.
"The town of Middleton extends its deepest gratitude," Selectman Todd Lapierre said.
Penney, who remains in jail, faces five felonies - including robbery, two counts of theft by unauthorized taking, kidnapping and criminal threatening with a deadly weapon - following the incident.
N.H. Attorney General Michael Delaney, who read a letter from Gov. Maggie Hassan, expressed his appreciation about the quick coordination, coolness under pressure and committment to resolve this situation peacefully.
"The events of January 31 could have ended differently and tragically," Delaney read during the ceremony.
Police from around the area, including officers from Farmington, Milton, New Durham and Wolfeboro, members of Strafford County Sheriff's Department and New Hampshire State Police came to the town's aid.
READER COMMENTS: 1
- Power restored to downtown Manchester - 0
- Driver identified in fatal Northumberland crash - 0
- Warning issued to teens taking the ‘Polar Plunge’ challenge - 1
- Rochester, Dover police to collect expired prescription drugs - 0
- Search for missing swimmer halted in Bristol, to continue Tuesday - 0
- UPDATED: State Police bomb squad called to Manchester West High for plastic bottles of solvent - 0
- Swanzey man pulled from fire in serious condition - 0
- Man dies in Northumberland crash - 0
- Power restored to Hooksett and Candia - 0
READER COMMENTS: 0
- Deadline extended for startup competition in Rochester - 0
- Citizens Bank offers good citizen scholarships - 0
- Stocks end higher as blue chips rally - 0
- NH jobless rate dips to 4.5 percent - 0
- Thomas Sowell: Fraudulent stats behind 'equal pay' claims - 0
- Londonderry man accused of threatening, sexually assaulting two girls - 0
- Hollis police say stun gun needed on ‘unruly’ man - 0
- Authorities detonate suspicious package left near Boston Marathon finish line on one-year anniversary of bombing - 0
- Flooding shuts down North Country highways - 0
Flooding shuts down North Country highways
Authorities detonate suspicious package left near Boston Marathon finish line on one-year anniversary of bombing
Rep. Shea-Porter honored for efforts to aid in health care by National Association of Community Health Centers