despp: Western District State Police Troopers, Civilians Receive 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
Dr. Dora B. Schriro
Colonel Brian F. Meraviglia
Deputy Commissioner
Division of State Police
July 8, 2014



Receive Service Awards


   State Police Troopers received awards for service during a ceremony July 8, 2014, held at Rentschler Field in East Hartford.


   Twice a year, the Connecticut State Police honors Troopers who demonstrate exceptional 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 Dora B. Schriro and State Police Colonel Brian Meraviglia. 


   Awards were presented in six categories:


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


Ø  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.


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


Ø  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.


Ø  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.


Ø  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:


Trooper James King, Civilian Ryan Sansoucy

   On Oct.13, 2013, Trooper King was dispatched to a motorcycle accident on Interstate 84 eastbound, east of exit 6.  He found a downed motorcycle and the operator lying on the right shoulder.  Trooper King saw a civilian, Ryan Sansoucy, applying pressure to the operator’s right leg to slow the leg’s heavy bleeding.  Trooper King retrieved a combat tourniquet to use for the operator’s injured leg. 

   Together, Trooper King and Mr. Sansoucy applied the tourniquet above the operator’s right knee to slow the heavy bleeding to his lower leg.  The application of the tourniquet reduced the heavy bleeding significantly, but the operator’s pulse began to fade.  Trooper King and Mr. Sansoucy continued to apply pressure until EMS personnel arrived on scene to transport the injured operator to a nearby hospital. 

   The Danbury Director of Emergency Medical Services later contacted the Commanding Officer of Troop A, to state that the applied pressure and quick application of the tourniquet to the operator’s leg reduced the loss of blood.  He further stated that these efforts by Trooper King and Mr. Sansoucy likely saved the operator’s life.

   Trooper King earned a Medal for Lifesaving; Mr. Sansoucy earned a Commissioner’s Recognition Award.


Trooper First Class Michael Dyki, Oxford Officer Dennis D’Archangelo

   On March 25, 2014, at 4:25 p.m., the Oxford Resident Troopers Office responded to a report of a man falling through the ice at the Naugatuck State Forest Reservoir #3 in Oxford.  Resident Trooper Dyki and Oxford Officer D’Archangelo immediately responded and located the victim’s truck near a trail to the reservoir. Trooper Dyki and Officer D’Archangelo ran to the reservoir and located the male victim about 50 feet from shore in the water holding onto ice fishing supplies. The victim’s 12-year-old son was found on the shore in a panicked state. 

   Trooper Dyki and Officer D’Archangelo threw a rescue rope to the victim, who was able to hold onto it despite the effects of hypothermia from being submerged in the freezing water. With some effort, the two officers were able to drag the victim out of the water, back onto the thicker, safer ice and then to shore. Oxford EMS and Fire Department responded to the scene and treated the victim for his severe hypothermia.

   Both Trooper Dyki and Officer D’Archangelo received a Medal for Lifesaving.


Southbury Officers Carl Rosa & Brian McKirryher, Corporal Patrick Kenney

   On April 21, 2014, at 4:57 p.m., Officers McKirryher & Rosa and Corporal Kenney responded to a medical call for a choking victim at a group home for individuals with traumatic brain injuries. The victim was reported to be unresponsive and not breathing, and live-in staff had begun CPR.

   Officer McKirryher assessed the victim using a portable defibrillator and continued to aid the victim with CPR chest compressions. Officer Rosa and Corporal Kenney arrived and kept the victim’s airway open and provided breaths. The victim was revived and transported to a local hospital by EMS.

   Rosa, McKirryher and Kenney each earned a Medal for Lifesaving.


Detective Richard Van Tine

   In January of 2011, Det. Van Tine of the Statewide Narcotics Task Force initiated an extensive investigation over 18 months which involved the trafficking of heroin and crack cocaine throughout a public housing project in Bridgeport and surrounding areas.  Det. Van Tine made numerous controlled purchases of narcotics, as well as a handgun, and he constantly developed and identified new targets.  As the case grew, Det. Van Tine requested assistance from the FBI Safe Streets Task Force.  Det. Van Tine was successful in identifying 19 drug dealers, working in three separate drug trafficking organizations.  

   In the first half of 2012, Bridgeport was experiencing a significant increase in violent crimes, specifically homicides, and many of these incidents were occurring in the public housing project. This prompted the FBI Safe Streets Task Force to present Det. Van Tine’s arrest warrant affidavits to an Assistant U.S. Attorney, indicted six of the most dangerous targets on federal narcotics charges.  In June of 2012, these six individuals were arrested by the task force and the FBI and were successfully prosecuted.  The remaining 13 targets were arrested by task force members over the following seven months and successfully prosecuted by the State’s Attorney’s Office.

   With the incarceration of the 19 drug dealers and the dismantling of the three drug trafficking organizations, violent crimes significantly decreased within this area of Bridgeport for several months that followed. 

   Det. Van Tine earned a Medal for Outstanding Service.


Trooper Robert McNerney, Troopers from Troop B in North Canaan

   On Dec. 16, 2013, at 2 a.m., Trooper McNerney was on patrol on Route 272 in Norfolk. As he approached a residential driveway, he observed two males exit a truck and run into the woods behind the residence. He informed Troop B that a burglary was in progress.

   Trooper McNerney, along with responding Troop B Troopers, started a track into the woods and continued northeast through rough terrain covered with two feet of snow, multiple streams and thick deadfall.  One suspect was apprehended two kilometers into the wood line. The second suspect was tracked into Winchester Lake and later apprehended.

   An interview with the second suspect led to a search warrant of the home of the first suspect, where a large quantity of stolen items was recovered, including an assault rifle.  The investigation led to a search warrant of a family member of the first suspect, where narcotics were discovered, as well as a drug factory for methamphetamine. This led to multiple arrests of drug traffickers and career burglars and the solving of additional crimes in the surrounding towns of the Troop B area.

   The initial action by Trooper McNerney led to the discovery of additional criminal activity, the recovery of assault weapons and a drug factory. 

   Trooper McNerney received a Medal for Outstanding Service; Troop B Troopers earned the Unit Citation Award.


Detectives Thomas Kiely, Christopher Allegro, Raymond Insalaco

   On the evening of Dec. 8, 2011, Westport Police requested the assistance of the CT State Police Western District Major Crime Squad with a robbery/homicide that occurred in their town.  A jewelry store owner was shot and killed, and his business associate was shot and seriously wounded during the robbery.  The assailant had made an appointment with the two to examine high quality diamonds, then calmly shot both men before stealing more than $600,000 worth of diamonds.  The only clue was a cell phone number to a disposable phone written on a desk blotter. 

   Major Crime detectives, working tirelessly alongside Westport Police Detectives and the U.S. Marshal’s Office, spent countless hours canvassing jewelry stores to New York City and identified other jewelers who previously met with the assailant. 

   Utilizing surveillance photos from those stores, a composite sketch, and information from a phone, it was determined that the assailant had traveled in and out of the country surrounding the dates of his appointments with various jewelers.  Numerous flight manifests were examined and compared with airport video to identify the suspect, who had moved to Spain with his family shortly after the homicide. 

   Working with Spanish authorities, the suspect was taken into custody.  Before being extradited back to the U.S., however, he committed suicide in a Spanish jail. Further information was developed that the suspect was also involved in numerous crimes in other states, resulting in the arrest of various accomplices over the next two years.     

   The detectives each received a Medal for Outstanding Service.


Statewide Narcotics Task Force Southwest Office, Bridgeport Police Dept., U.S. Postal Inspection Service

   On July 9, 2013, the Statewide Narcotics Task Force was contacted by the U.S. Postal Inspection Service regarding a suspicious package it received from Puerto Rico that was intended for delivery to a Bridgeport address and believed to contain a large quantity of cocaine.  The Postal Service obtained a federal search warrant and brought the package to task force members, who found 16.6 pounds of cocaine inside.

   The following day, personnel from the task force and the Bridgeport Police Tactical Narcotics Team coordinated with a postal inspector to conduct a controlled delivery of the package to a Bridgeport residence. The inspector posed as a postal carrier and was approached by two residents who accepted the package. Police converged and took the residents into custody.  Consent to search their apartment was obtained and cocaine and packaging material was found, at which time the property was secured and a search warrant obtained.  The warrant was executed and additional quantities of crack cocaine, heroin and packaging materials were seized.

   This cooperative effort by federal, state and local law enforcement agencies resulted in the largest seizure of cocaine within an intercepted parcel in the history of the U.S. Postal Service. The cocaine seizure had a street value of more than a half-million dollars. The State’s Attorneys’ Office successfully convicted both suspects on multiple narcotics charges. 

   Members of SNTF, Bridgeport Police Dept. and the U.S. Postal Inspection Service earned a Unit Citation Award.


Linda Rosa

   Ms. Linda Rosa serves as a secretary assigned to Western District Headquarters, a position she has held since January 2013.

   Upon assuming the position, Ms. Rosa took the initiative to re­configure all district files. She performed updates & reviews of all files that had fallen into disrepair over a period of several years. Without complaint, Ms. Rosa painstakingly and patiently went through files more than a decade old and re-organized them so that they were compliant with agency retention records and policies.  Ms. Rosa coordinated her efforts with members of headquarters staff so that she adopted the agency's best practices when she overhauled the records.

   In December 2012, Ms. Rosa was the secretary for the Western District Major Crime Squad in the aftermath of the Sandy Hook tragedy.  Rather than pass off this complex and labor intensive case to her successor, Ms. Rosa assumed responsibility for this case in addition to her duties as district secretary to ensure case reports were submitted into the records management system in a timely and efficient manner.

   Ms. Rosa is affable and low-key, and works well with her peers and other members of the department. Ms. Rosa genuinely cares about the Troopers and has assumed further responsibilities such as coordinating Troop picnics and other special events.  Additionally, she takes great pride working at Western District and Troop L, purchasing flowers and plants for gardening in the spring to help beautify the Troop, making it a more pleasant place to work.

   Ms. Rosa has proven to be extremely reliable, and can be counted on to complete any assignment or task given.  She is focused on completing assignments in a timely and efficient manner.  Ms Rosa is well organized and goes above and beyond to make Western District function smoothly and efficiently with a personal touch.

   Linda Rosa has earned the 2014 Administrative Excellence Award.


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