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May 26. 2014 10:56PM

Londonderry police staff honored for notable work


Michael Simpson reacted after being named the Londonderry Police department’s Civilian of the Year on Friday evening. (APRIL GUILMET/Union Leader Correspondent)

LONDONDERRY — Michael Simpson isn’t a police officer, but his presence is vital to the daily operations at the Londonderry Police station.

“I was dumbfounded when I realized all the things he does around here,” Captain Robert Michaud said on Friday after naming Simpson the department’s Civilian of the Year. “He knows this building like the back of his hand. He never complains, he never refuses work. I’m lucky to know him.”

Simpson, the longtime building maintenance supervisor at the Mammoth Road police department, was among the many staff members honored for their respective roles in keeping the community safe.

Officer Randy Duguay was named Officer of the Year. According to Capt. Gerald Dusseault, Duguay has been with the local force for the past nine years and “has taken to his craft really well.”

“He’s everything we want in a patrol officer,” Dusseault said of Duguay. “He’s consistent, dependable and reliable.”

Officer Daniel Perry, Sgt. David Carver and Officer Andre Uy were presented with Commendation Bars for Lifesaving.

The three men responded to a call at the local Sunoco station in early December, where they helped save the life of an unresponsive male.

While the victim succumbed to his condition in the intensive care unit of a local hospital several days later, the lifesaving efforts of the three policemen allowed loved ones to say their final goodbyes, Detective Christopher Olsen said.

Sgt. Adam Dyer, Master Patrol Officer Thomas Olsen, Detective Sean Doyle and Detective Daniel Hurley III were presented with Commendation Bars for Lifesaving with Valor in recognition of their efforts last May.

On May 28, 2013, the five policemen were called to a residential neighborhood after neighbors reported a suicidal man had barricaded himself inside a nearby home.

Though the home had no electricity at the time of the incident, police recovered the unconscious man in the basement and brought him to safety.

“Without their efforts, this man wouldn’t have survived the night,” Olsen said.

Lt. Tim Jones recognized his comrade, Detective Sean Doyle, as the department’s “Gumshoe of the Year.”

“This is a detective that’s been determined and consistent with all of his cases, even on ones with very few leads,” Jones said of Doyle, who he jokingly called “a tenacious and unfiltered bulldog.”

Later, police officials introduced the department’s new Critical Incident Management Team, a peer-led group of police that will work with members of the local clergy to lend support to officers coping with tragedies — both on the job and in their personal lives.

Led by Sgt. Glenn Aprile, the team consists of Master Patrol Officer Thomas Olsen, Officer Junior Garcia, Officer Raphael Ribeiro and Dispatcher Amelia McKeever.

Aprile said the Manchester Police Department has operated a similar program for quite a few years now, and recent instances like the shooting death of Brentwood Police Officer Stephen Arkell illustrate a growing need for more peer-based assistance.

aguilmet@newstote.com


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