despp: Troopers from Troops C, D, E & K Earn Service Awards

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Department of Emergency Services &
Public Protection
Connecticut State Police
Public Information Office
1111 Country Club Road
Middletown, Connecticut 06457
Reuben Bradford
Colonel Danny R. Stebbins
Deputy Commissioner
Division of State Police
December 12, 2013


State Police Troopers from

TroopS C, D, E and K

Receive Service Awards


   State Police Troopers from Troop C in Tolland, Troop D in Danielson, Troop E. in Montville and Troop K in Colchester received awards for service during a ceremony December 12, 2013, at the Connecticut State Police Training Academy in Meriden.


   Twice a year, the Connecticut State Police honors Troopers who demonstrate bravery and outstanding service in the line of duty.  The ceremony also honors men and women serving in local and federal law enforcement agencies, those serving as first responders, and civilians.  Award winners received medals and certificates from Commissioner Reuben F. Bradford and State Police Colonel Danny R. Stebbins. 


   Awards were presented in seven categories:


*  The Medal of Honor is awarded to any person who performs with gallantry and bravery
at the risk of life, above and beyond the call of duty, while engaged in combat with an armed
and dangerous person. 


*  The Medal for Bravery is awarded to a Trooper who demonstrates exceptional heroism in the performance of duty while exposed to life-threatening danger.


*  The Meritorious Service Medal is awarded to those who render service with a high degree of alertness, perseverance and superior judgment in the performance of a difficult task resulting in the protection of life, recovery of property, the prevention of – or solving of – a major crime or the apprehension of an armed or dangerous person.


*  The Lifesaving Award is presented to those who save a human life or make a valiant attempt to save a life.


*  The Outstanding Service Award is given to those who successfully perform an extreme, complex or difficult investigation. The Trooper may demonstrate exceptional skill or ingenuity in the apprehension of a wanted person, provide outstanding service to the public and/or continuously achieve excellence in performance over an extended period of time.


*  The Unit Citation is awarded to members of a department, a command or group who combine their resources to achieve success in an investigation or event. The citation recognizes exceptional collective efforts.

The Commissioner’s Recognition Award is presented by the agency commissioner to a person who has been instrumental in helping the State Police accomplish their job of public safety for all. This is generally presented to civilians (non-law enforcement).


Awards were presented to:


Major Louis J. Fusaro, Trooper First Class Steven Rief, Trooper First Class Michael Avery,

Trooper Collin Konow

   On January 7, 2013, at 4:10 p.m., the State Police Tactical Unit responded to a request from Norwich Police regarding an armed and suicidal barricaded man in an apartment building. This man had fired several rounds at Norwich Officers already on-scene. As tactical members made their way to the building, a barrage of sustained gunfire could be heard coming from the building.

Major Fusaro and Troopers Rief and Avery moved towards the building to determine the situation. They encountered several Norwich Officers carrying a fellow officer down an exterior stairwell. This officer had been critically shot.

   Major Fusaro and Troopers Rief and Avery moved up the stairwell towards the third floor apartment to determine if there were additional injured personnel and to gain a tactical position. Upon their arrival, the armed man fired a barrage of sustained gunfire from his apartment towards the Troopers. The bullets struck the wall just feet away from these Troopers, and, unable to safely return fire from their position, they realized that they needed to evacuate themselves and the Norwich Officers in the stairwell with them. 

   Major Fusaro, Troopers Rief and Avery and arriving Trooper Konow held this position for some time to allow the evacuation of officers and residents before leading a tactical retreat to the ground level. 

   The State Police Tactical Team, along with Norwich Police and Patrol Troopers, secured the perimeter of the apartment building and attempted to negotiate a peaceful surrender of the armed man. After a nine-hour stand-off, the man was discovered deceased within the apartment from a self-inflicted gunshot.  The wounded Norwich Officer survived multiple gunshot wounds. Major Fusaro and Troopers Rief, Avery and Konow earned the Medal for Bravery.


Sergeant James Nicholson, Trooper Benjamin Duffy, Trooper David Malek, Trooper Bryan Fahey, Trooper First Class Mark Boulanger

   On July 4, 2013, at 12:30 p.m., Troopers from Troop E were dispatched to Hopeville Pond State Park in Griswold for a report of a missing man who had been swimming. Upon arrival, Troopers met with emergency service personnel and citizens on scene who were attempting to locate the man. It was learned that the man was likely still in the water near the Hopeville Pond Beach, outside of a designated swimming area.

   Sgt. Nicholson, Trooper Fahey, Trooper Malek, and Trooper Duffy immediately entered the water to search for the missing swimmer. Trooper Boulanger secured an area for arriving emergency service personnel while monitoring the whereabouts of the Troopers who had entered the water.

   After several dives, Trooper Duffy located the missing swimmer in approximately 10 feet of water, nearly 30 yards from shore. Working together, Troopers pulled the man to shore, worked quickly to open his airway and initiated CPR. The unconscious swimmer was then handed over to higher-trained emergency service personnel on scene, who transported the man to a nearby hospital.  The State Troopers each earned a Medal for Meritorious Service.


Montville Police Officer Karen Moorehead, Trooper First Class Jeffrey Menino

   On April 15, 2013, at approximately 2:49 p.m., two pressure cooker bombs exploded near the designated finish line for the Boston Marathon, killing three people and injuring 264 others. While off-duty and near the finish line on Boylston Street, Trooper Meninno and Officer Moorehead rushed to render aid to several injured subjects.

   After first communicating with – and gaining clearance from –  Boston Police officials, Trooper Meninno and Officer Moorehead rendered assistance to ten severely injured individuals amidst a dangerous and chaotic scene. They provided aid for shrapnel wounds, facilitated the maintenance of airways, treated subjects for shock, and continuously worked to stabilize a multitude of victims. Trooper Meninno and Officer Moorehead further coordinated with available resources to ensure that those injured parties received the medical assistance and care needed.

   Trooper Meninno and Officer Moorehead displayed a high degree of alertness and superior judgment during a terrorist incident. Their actions earned each of them the Medal for Meritorious Service.


Trooper Joseph Miller

   During the early midnight hours of March 30, 2013, Trooper Miller and Troop D personnel responded to a residence in Danielson for a report of an intoxicated male with a knife who threatened to kill his live-in girlfriend and roommate.  The 911 caller also reported that the armed man made comments that he would try to kill Troopers if they responded.  Upon the duty sergeant’s arrival, Trooper Miller was already on scene, positioned just north of the residence and about 200 feet away from his immediate back up. 

   Trooper Miller and the duty supervisor heard loud yelling and glass breaking.  They also heard a male screaming that he was going to kill someone in the apartment. Without immediate back up close by and believing the occupants of the residence to be in imminent physical danger, Trooper Miller tactically approached the front door with his duty weapon drawn.  

   He observed the storm door fly open and found the accused on the front porch, holding a large aluminum baseball bat and a 12” military-style fighting knife.  Trooper Miller, with his service weapon drawn, gave loud verbal commands to the accused to drop the knife and baseball bat, which the accused reluctantly agreed to do. Trooper Miller and the duty sergeant handcuffed the accused and took him into custody.  Trooper Miller earned the Medal for Meritorious Service.


Trooper First Class David Abely, Stamford Police Officer Todd Lobraico, Trooper First Class James Matlock, Trooper First Class Timothy Bentley

   On June 1, 2013, Officer Lobraico was traveling in East Lyme when he discovered a motorcycle accident on the Rocky Neck Connector leading to Interstate 95 South. He flagged down Trooper Matlock to report the accident. The operator of the motorcycle sustained a severe, life-threatening injury as a result of striking a metal beam guardrail on the shoulder of the roadway.  The operator sustained additional injuries after being thrown from his motorcycle.

   Trooper Matlock found the operator sustained severe lower extremity trauma and arterial bleeding. He quickly applied a tourniquet to the operator’s leg. Trooper Abely and Trooper Bentley arrived and assisted with rendering aid to control the extensive bleeding while maintaining the operator’s airway. Paramedics transported the operator to a nearby designated landing zone, where the operator was transferred to a waiting medical helicopter.

   According to emergency medical and fire personnel on-scene, the efforts by Troopers Matlock, Bentley and Abely, as well as Officer Lobraico, saved the life of the motorcycle operator. The quick and vital actions of these four were further applauded by attending physicians at Hartford Hospital.

   The Troopers and Officer are commended for their immediate lifesaving response; each received the Medal for Lifesaving.


Sergeant Martin Martinez, Sergeant Wilfred Blanchette, Trooper First Class Timothy Bentley, East Lyme Officer Lyndsay Cutillo, Mr. Noah Enslow

   On June 18, 2013, Troop F initiated a pursuit with a vehicle reportedly stolen from Old Saybrook.  The pursuit started on Interstate 95 and traveled through Old Lyme and East Lyme, then onto Route 161 into Montville.  At the intersection of Routes 161 and 85, the stolen vehicle traveled at a high rate of speed.  It struck a propane truck broadside, causing the propane truck to overturn, leave the travel portion of the roadway and come to rest upside down in a body of water with the operator still trapped inside. 

   Arriving Troopers and Officers were able to apprehend the operator of the stolen vehicle after a brief skirmish. Seconds later, realizing the operator of the propane truck was submerged under water, Sgt. Martinez, Sgt. Blanchette, Trooper Bentley, Officer Cutillo and civilian Noah Enslow turned their attention to the propane truck. 

   They entered the water and began lifesaving extrication efforts to free the submerged victim from inside of the vehicle.  They lifted the operator’s head above water and seconds later, although unconscious, he began to breathe on his own.  As the operator was pinned inside the truck due to significant damage, the involved personnel struggled to keep the victim’s head above water while attempting to remove him from the vehicle.  After a valiant effort, the victim was freed from the overturned truck and EMS personnel arrived to continue lifesaving efforts.

   The efforts of all involved saved the life of this innocent victim. Sgt. Martinez, Sgt. Blanchette, Trooper Bentley and Officer Cutillo earned the Medal for Lifesaving; Mr. Enslow received the Commissioner’s Recognition Award.


Trooper Ryan Cloukey

   On June 24, 2013, at 4:36 p.m., Ellington Volunteer Ambulance was dispatched to a residence for a patient in cardiac arrest.  Upon their arrival, the ambulance crew observed that Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) had been started by neighbors of the patient.  One of the neighbors was Trooper Cloukey who was off-duty at home when he ran to aid his neighbor in need.

   The neighbor was transported to a local hospital and made a remarkable recovery, mainly due to the quick actions of Trooper Cloukey.  Trooper Cloukey earned a Medal for Lifesaving.


Trooper William M. Shemansky

   On the morning of January 15, 2013, off-duty Trooper Shemansky began an ice-fishing trip to a pond in Union with his father, retired State Police Sgt. Bill Shemansky, and his future father-in-law, Jonathan Mann. Getting to the spot required a one and one quarter mile hike through the woods to a remote fishing spot.

   At the end of the day, the ice broke under Jon and Bill, sending them into the icy water. Trooper Shemansky attempted to crawl on the ice to help them when the ice began to break beneath him. He was able to roll back to safety when the ice broke and he, too, went into the water. All three men found themselves in 10 feet of water struggling to climb onto the ice which continued to break. As they fought to remain afloat with their heavy winter clothing soaked through, Trooper Shemansky, was able to free himself and climb out of the water onto the ice. Bill and Jon fought to remain afloat.

   Trooper Shemansky ran to shore frantically yelling for help, but to no avail. He retrieved a tree limb and returned to the men. Lying flat on the ice he pushed the tree limb to his father, allowing him to make his way safely to shore. He then repeated this action with Jon and was successful.

   Trooper Shemansky was able to make one call for assistance before his phone died. Wet and cold, he ran to get a vehicle and transport Bill and Jon back to the parking area, where emergency medical services were responding. Trooper Shemansky earned a Medal for Lifesaving.


Sergeant Kevin Curry, Trooper Bryan Fahey

   On April 20, 2013, at 2:02 a.m., Sgt. Curry responded to a report of a pedestrian versus motor vehicle near a café in Preston. Upon arrival, Sgt. Curry advised Troop E that a vehicle drove into a private parking lot at a high rate of speed, across the street from a café on Route 2A, striking two pedestrians and two parked vehicles. One of the pedestrians struck was thrown 100 feet down an embankment, landing in a stream of water.

   Sgt. Curry located the victim down a rock embankment and ran to him to assess his condition. Trooper Bryan Fahey arrived and quickly ran to assist Sgt. Curry.  The Troopers found the victim was not breathing and did not have a pulse. They immediately began immediate lifesaving actions, including CPR, in an attempt save the victim’s life. EMS arrived and transported the victim to a local hospital.  Sgt. Curry and Trooper Fahey each earned the Medal for Lifesaving.


State Police Statewide Narcotics Task Force, Putnam Police Dept., U.S. Attorney’s Office, New London State’s Attorney, U.S. Secret Service, U.S. Marshal’s Service, U.S. Postal Inspection Service, Homeland Security Investigations, New London Police Dept., Norwich Police Dept., Groton Town Police Dept., East Lyme Police Dept., Waterford Police Dept.

   An investigation was initiated in 2012 to combat narcotics-trafficking and money laundering in New London.  The investigation revealed two overlapping conspiracies in New London County to distribute heroin and cocaine. The two conspiracies used a variety of methods to import narcotics from the Dominican Republic and Puerto Rico into southeastern Connecticut and involved scores of individuals who distributed wholesale amounts of drugs.
   The Connecticut State Police Statewide Narcotics Task Force East Office was part of this investigation from its inception. A third parallel Corrupt Organization and Racketeering Act (CORA) investigation identified nine of 112 targets as part of the State Police case. Task Force personnel utilized court-authorized wiretaps, extensive physical surveillance, and controlled purchases and seizures of cocaine and heroin. Law enforcement executed multiple search warrants, seizing five kilograms of cocaine and heroin, two kilograms of marijuana, 12 firearms, 16 vehicles and more than $36,000 in cash.

   On April 3, 2013, more than 700 law enforcement officers involved in the operation executed scores of federal and state arrest warrants in Connecticut, New York, Rhode Island, Massachusetts and Puerto Rico.  Fifty-two individuals were arrested on federal narcotics and money laundering charges, and 56 individuals were arrested on state narcotics and related charges. Task Force members executed eight arrest warrants for the CORA targets. An additional two related arrests were made for narcotics offenses.
   During the course of the investigation, three additional individuals were previously arrested and charged with federal firearms offenses, and five individuals were previously arrested and charged with state narcotics violations.
   This cooperative effort by federal, state and local law enforcement is the largest of its kind to date in New London County.  All involved earned the Unit Citation Award.



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