Portland police present awards to officers, citizens

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PORTLAND — Officers and citizens were honored by the Police Department on Saturday for bravery and other commendable acts during 2010.

Montique Reddick, Tyron Calhoun and Chris Dobson received the Citizen Award.

Reddick and Calhoun helped a man who lit himself on fire in Longfellow Square in September; Dobson assisted in rescuing a woman who jumped off the Casco Bay Bridge in October.

A Merit Award was presented to Officer Kevin Haley for his role in the October bridge rescue. Haley also received a Merit Award for an investigation that led to a residential burglary arrest in April, and commendatory letters for organizing the Wreaths Across America ceremony in December and for helping a family of four that had been living in their car get food and shelter. Haley was also part of several group commendations.

Officer Andjelko Napijalo received a commendation for his effort as a senior lead officer in establishing neighborhood watch groups, while also routinely covering his beat.

Officers Frank Pellerin and John Curran were received merit commendations for saving a man who hung himself in April.

Dozens of officers were recognized for group efforts in investigation and solving robberies, burglaries and drug operations, and for their responses to shootings and other dangerous situations.

The awards ceremony was held at the Eastland Park Hotel.

Kate Bucklin can be reached at 781-3661 ext. 106 or kbucklin@theforecaster.net

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