MANCHESTER — More than 250 people turned out Monday to welcome seven new Manchester police officers, applaud the promotion of nine others and honor another six officers for their heroics and professionalism.
For the first time, the ceremony was held at the Radisson in downtown Manchester to accommodate the large crowd.
The seven new officers, five men and two women, were selected from 158 applicants, and after an intensive process, which included examinations, a polygraph test and background checks, Police Chief David Mara said.
The new officers are:
William H. Dann III, 26, a lifelong resident of Manchester and a graduate of Memorial High School. He holds a bachelor's degree in business administration and a master's degree in organizational leadership, both from Southern New Hampshire University. He most recently was employed as a deputy with the Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office and as a court officer.
Thomas R. Donovan, 24, a native of Topsfield, Mass. He is a graduate of Masconomet Regional High School in Boxford, Mass., and earned a bachelor's degree in criminal justice from Westfield State University in Massachusetts. He was a security officer at the North Shore Medical Center in Lynn, Mass.
Jennifer Y. Ortiz, 22, a native of Puerto Rico. She came to Manchester in 2005 and is a graduate of Manchester Central High School. She attended Manchester Community College studying early childhood education before transferring to SNHU, where she earned a bachelor's degree in psychology with a minor in justice studies. She was employed as an associate teacher at St. Peter's Home Child Care Center.
Matthew J. Gleason, 32, a graduate of North Middlesex Regional High School in Townsend, Mass. He earned his bachelor's degree in mass communications from Worcester State College in Massachusetts and is completing online studies through Tory University in Alabama toward a master's degree in international relations and national security. Gleason is a U.S. Army veteran, serving with the 2nd Ranger Battalion, 75th Ranger Regiment as a special forces medic from 2007 to 2012. He deployed to Afghanistan on three tours of duty and received numerous military commendations. Since 2012, he has served with the U.S. Army National Guard 182nd Infantry in Melrose, Mass. He lives in Hampstead with his wife and son.
Dianna J. Maneksha, 28, a native of Mumbai, India. She is a graduate of Mascoma Valley Regional High School in Canaan and earned her bachelor's and master's degrees in criminal justice from the State University of New York at Albany. She was employed as a crime analyst with the Mass. Bay Transit Authority in Boston.
Travis J. Mannon, 26, a lifelong resident of Manchester. He is a graduate of Memorial High School. He earned an associate's degree in sports management from N.H. Technical Institute in Concord and most recently was an assistant manager at Indian Head Athletics.
Daniel R. Senechal, 25, who has lived in the Exeter/Stratham area for most of his life. He is an Exeter High School graduate and earned his bachelor's degree in political science from the University of New Hampshire. He has served with the U.S. Air Force Reserve out of Chicopee, Mass., since 2008 and was deployed to Afghanistan in 2012.
Nine officers were promoted, filling vacancies left because of retirements, Mara said.
Promoted to captain were Shawn G. Fournier, a 22½-year veteran who has received several awards over his career including the Life Saving Medal in 1993 for entering a burning building and rescuing a child hiding under bed covers, and James M. Flanagan, also a 22½-year veteran, who earned the department's Honorable Service Medal for his efforts in preventing a woman from committing suicide by jumping off the ledge of a city parking garage.
The department's newest lieutenants are Michael J. Begley and Mark F. Sanclemente, both 14-year MPD veterans. Both also were officers at other departments prior to joining Manchester; Begley at Concord Police Department and Sanclemente at the Los Angeles Police Department.
The department also has five new sergeants: Allen D. Aldenberg, Christopher R. Biron, Matthew J. Larochelle, Shawn W. McCabe and Timothy A. Patterson.
Mara also recognized Kieran L. Ramsay, previously supervisory FBI agent for New Hampshire, for the work he did with the department. The chief presented a plaque to Ramsay, who was appointed assistant special agent in charge of the Boston office where he oversees counter terrorism, the Joint Terrorism Task Force and the agency's New Hampshire and Maine offices.