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First Responders Honored

by Bobby Blair
September 13, 2017

First responders were honored Sunday morning at town hall by the local American Legion Post #47. The event is an annual exercise on the date closest to 9/11. Legion Commander Steve Bradford told those present that the event was themed after the continuing opioid crisis plaguing the country.

Gina Stucchi a member of the town's HDACC (Holliston and Drug & Alcohol Coalition) told those present of her own struggles with drug use. Stucchi singled out Det. Ciara Maguire-Ryan for helping her when she returned to the community and was afraid to leave the house because of shame. Ryan met outside Stucchi's home with a gift and a twenty minute talk. It helped me immensely Stucchi said.

Sen. Karen Spilka told of the state's efforts to combat opioid addiction with increased funding, more beds in a bill which is a first in the nation type of effort.

Rep. Carolyn Dykema said that police and EMT's don't look for recognition or fanfare and now provide more social services than previously.

Firefighter Tom Lamont was honored for his efforts when on June 15th  he was in the Morton Street area and responded to a home where a dryer had caught on fire. Lamont was able to extinguish the blaze with a garden hose possibly saving the home.

A number of police were cited for their life saving efforts. Citation from both the house and senate were present by Spilka and Dykema and Medals of Merit were presented by the Legion. Above, Bryan DiGiorgio along with Sgt. Glenn Dalrymple and Daniel Griffith on May 31st rendered lifesaving efforts on an emergency call.

 

Officer Jonathan Remkus receives his award from Legion Past Commander Steve Napolitano for his life saving effort on December 18th 2016. Chad Thompson and Andrew MacGray were cited for thier efforts for a May 26 life saving incident, MacGray was again cited for a June 1st incident.

Detective Ciara Maguire-Ryan performed life saving efforts for a medical call on June 21st.

Mark Ahronian represented the board of selectmen, Deputy Chief. Jim Moore the fire department and Town Administrator Jeff Ritter was also in attendance.

Police Chief Matt Stone and Lt. Craig Denman represented the police department.

 

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