Police department confers promotions and awards

By Martha Marteney - Staff Writer
South Windsor - posted Fri., Nov. 18, 2011
Lt. Richard Riggs is the new deputy chief for the South Windsor Police Department. Riggs serves as second-in-command to Police Chief Matthew Reed. Courtesy photo. - Contributed Photo

The South Windsor Police Department held a ceremony on Thursday, Nov. 10, to acknowledge the promotions of Lt. Richard Riggs to the position of deputy chief; Sgt. Richard Watrous to the rank of lieutenant and the position of patrol commander; and Agent Kristian Lindstrom to the rank of sergeant and to the position of day shift patrol supervisor.

Several awards were also presented to members of the SWPD for their conduct over the past year.

Agt. Christopher Duchesne was presented with the Chief’s Award for the safe evacuation of three home occupants and their dogs. Upon arriving at his sister-in-law’s house, the officer realized that the home was on fire. It was fully engulfed in flames only a few minutes later. Those in the home were completely unaware of the danger.

The Chief’s Award was also given to Ofc. Caleb Lopez for his leadership in organizing the first Police Summer Youth Academy. Working with the Department of Human Services, Lopez proposed, designed and coordinated the program, which introduced youth to the juvenile justice system and other related agencies.

Agt. Glenn Buonanducci, Agt. Ron Littell, and Lopez were awarded a Commendation for their participation in the Summit for Heroes, a law enforcement and public service organization of volunteers who climb mountains in memory of those heroes who lost their lives in the line of duty. In June 2011, the officers hiked 10 miles over three mountains and through three states. Buonanducci was also presented with the Fitness Award for his completion of the 2011 New Bedford Half-Marathon in March 2011.

The Lifesaving Award was given to Ofc. Nicole Little, Community Service Officer Brian Kelley and Buonanducci for the prompt and effective use of an automated external defibrillator upon an unresponsive man at The Pub 2. The efforts of these officers directly resulted in saving the man’s life.

Watrous, Agt. James Nicoletta and Ofc. Timothy Hankard were also given the Lifesaving Award for their efforts in resuscitating a man at LA Fitness who had stopped breathing and did not have a pulse. Working with a good Samaritan and EMTs from South Windsor Ambulance and a paramedic from the Ambulance Service of Manchester, the patient regained a pulse and was breathing by the time he went into the ambulance.

For her performance during the 2011 Connecticut Police K-9 Olympics , Ofc. Christina Mazzoccoli was presented with a Commendation. Mazzoccoli and her K-9 partner Bobby placed first in Team Obedience.

A Commendation was presented to Community Service Officer Rossignol for utilizing the OnStar vehicle navigational tracking system in the search for a suspect in an investigation. This quickly led to the apprehension of the suspect who would have otherwise been able to flee from the state undetected.

Chief Matthew Reed also thanked Lt. Timothy Edwards, Sgt. Alix, Sgt. Lindstrom, Agt. Buonanducci, Ofc. Matthew Mainiere and Ofc. Stephen Hoover for their scenario-based, use-of-force training for the SWPD officers, and the town’s elected officials, as well. Reed also appreciated the special projects work completed by Lt. Edwards, St. Custer and Mike Kowalszyk, including the replacement of the radio system, rehabilitation of the former ambulance section at the Police Headquarters and the initial improvement of the records section.

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