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