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Officer of the Month

This award is to recognize the efforts of an individual with the rank of patrol officer, whether assigned to our Patrol Division or one of our special units, who has demonstrated exceptional dedication in the performance of his/her duties during the previous month. This could be from either a single incident or event, or from consistently performing at a high level during the entire month. The award is intended to recognize the efforts of officers that may not necessarily rise to the level of a commendation.

October 2019

This month’s LPD ‘Officer of the Month’ is Detective Stephen Emery, who is assigned to the Drug Task Force. Detective Emery’s nomination for this honor was submitted by Sergeant Robert Avery, seconded by Lieutenant Richard Carrow and Sergeant Timothy Donovan; and his selection was approved by many of our COs/OICs.  

In his written nomination, Sergeant Avery stated that “Detective Emery has had stellar production during the month of October 2019 and his commitment, especially to the street level drug war, is exemplary.” He further noted that “street level drugs and the day to day grind of nuisance complaints of drug properties can be overwhelming, especially in a city such as ours and Detective Emery makes it a point to stay on top of all of them.”  

Sergeant Avery reported that just during the month of October 2019, Detective Emery wrote 6 search warrants that resulted in 13 arrests.  He explained that “many of these investigations started as just surveillance of nuisance properties, but through Detective Emery’s expertise, they morphed into significant seizures and cases.”  

As stated by Sergeant Avery, “during this same month, and as a direct result of Detective Emery’s investigations, the Drug Task Force seized over 32 pounds of marijuana,  THC edibles valued at thousands of dollars, 100 grams of fentanyl, and over $140,000 in cash.”  He also relayed that “Detective Emery performs his Drug Task Force duties at the highest level on a routine basis, but he feels that he should be recognized for an exceptional month based on his routine work.”  

Additional submissions from Lieutenant Richard Carrow and Sergeant Timothy Donovan seconded this nomination and also noted that Detective Emery was “an excellent choice for Officer of the Month.”  

Congratulations and thank you to Detective Emery for a job well done.

September 2019

This month’s LPD ‘Officer of the Month’ is Officer Paul Wonoski, who is assigned to the Second Division. Officer Wonoski’s nomination for this honor was submitted by Lieutenant Richard Donnelly and seconded by Lieutenant Robert Godbout; and his selection was approved by many of our COs/OICs. 

In his written nomination, Lieutenant Donnelly stated that “Officer Wonoski is a reliable asset on the First Division and to the Lynn Police Department.”  He further noted that “Officer Wonoski has been working patrol in West Lynn for 20 years, and shows dedication and commitment to his job, night in and night out,” and also that “he knows all the players on his route and will go the extra mile to help victims and other officers.” 

Lieutenant Donnelly reported that recently, Officer Wonoski has assisted the Division on multiple occasions in finding a chronic runaway male. The individual is an 11 year old who suffers with PTSD. As stated by Lieutenant Donnelly. “Officer Wonoski has developed a positive relationship with the boy and his family and has been able to talk to the child and have him return home on several occasions.” 

An additional submission from Lieutenant Robert Godbout stated that “Officer Wonoski is a hard worker and a credit to the department, and an excellent choice for Officer of the Month.” 

Congratulations and thank you to Officer Wonoski for a job well done.

August 2019

This month’s LPD ‘Officer of the Month’ is Officer Pablo Figueroa, who is assigned to the Second Division. Officer Figueroa’s nomination for this honor was submitted by Lieutenant Robert Godbout, seconded by Captain James Flynn and Lieutenant Michael Kenny; and his selection was approved by many of our COs/OICs. 

In his written nomination, Lieutenant Godbout stated that “Officer Figueroa is a reliable and conscientious police officer who is familiar with his route and the players involved.  He is active and always willing to back-up other officers on their calls.” He then described a recent incident in which Officer Figueroa and his partner Officer McEachern responded to a B&E in progress at an Autumn Street location.  Upon the officers’ arrival, they entered the building, and soon located and arrested the suspect inside a female’s residence.  The male party, who had entered the apartment through an unlocked window, was subsequently charged with B&E night time. 

Lieutenant Godbout reported that “Officer Figueroa has shown time after time that he is more than competent on the street, as well as inside the signal room.”  He noted that “Officer Figueroa is 911 certified and fills in for missing house personnel without complaint,” and that “he is a valuable asset both inside the station and on the street due to his bi-lingual skills.”  Lieutenant Godbout also relayed that Officer Figueroa was recently asked to respond to Salem P.D. to represent our department when our communication system was shut down for updating, and his response was “whatever we need.” 

An additional submission from Captain James Flynn stated that during his time as the Second Division OIC, “Officer Figueroa distinguished himself as reliable and conscientious, always backing up his co-workers and completing every task that was assigned to him in a timely fashion.” 

Lieutenant Michael Kenny also reported that “Officer Figueroa has built a reputation as a quiet professional in the execution of his duties,” and was in agreement that “he is always willing to step forward and assist when things need to get done, particularly those tasks that many street officers may find unappealing.”  He also pointed out that in February of this year, the Boston Police Fugitive Unit came into the city in search of a homicide suspect; and that in a follow up email to the LPD which noted the professionalism and courtesy shown to them; Officer Figueroa was one of the officers praised. 

Congratulations and thank you to Officer Figueroa for a job well done.

July 2019

This month’s LPD ‘Officer of the Month’ is Officer Mark Duran, who is assigned to the First Division. Officer Duran’s nomination for this honor was submitted by Lieutenant David Brown, seconded by Lieutenant Robert Godbout, and his selection was approved by many of our COs/OICs. 

In his written nomination, Lieutenant Brown reported that Sergeant Carrow and Sergeant Wojewodzic suggested the nomination of Officer Duran, a six year veteran who currently works in Patrol Units 9 and 15, by stating that “he is a very proactive officer who does not shy away from initiative and innovation when it comes to problem solving on his assigned routes.”  One example noted was “Officer Duran’s efforts in response to the recent and ongoing problems that have plagued a known Washington Street building and the immediate area.”  As was stated by Sergeant Carrow and Sergeant Wojewodzic, “Officer Duran is also a very informed officer concerning issues on his route and the persons responsible for any anti-social and criminal behavior.  He demonstrates a command presence on scene, controls the incident, is very thorough in his investigations, and then resolves the incident.  His report writing is exceptional as well.”

It was also reported by the sergeants that “Officer Duran has been exemplary in the role of a training officer, when it comes to assigning newer, younger officers to work with an experienced veteran.”  They relayed that “he continues to display a high level of professionalism and dedication to duty, no matter who he is assigned to work with; and is a valuable asset when it comes to utilizing his leadership and mentoring abilities.” 

As stated by Lieutenant Brown, “Officer Duran owns his route, and always goes above and beyond to handle his calls, and to address the quality of life issues in a very busy section of the city. He gets things done, no matter how unpleasant the task. “ 

Congratulations and thank you to Officer Duran for a job well done.

June 2019

This month’s LPD ‘Officer of the Month’ is Officer Thomas Morley, who is assigned to the Third Division. Officer Morley’s nomination for this honor was submitted by Deputy Desmarais and was approved by many of our COs/OICs.

As noted in our written nomination, Officer Morley has long worked a busy route with a lot of ongoing problems that require regular attention. He continues to work this route after many years, out of his commitment to his partners and his commitment to route ownership. He often uses his personality and his verbal skills to address situations so that they end without an arrest, or at least without a struggle. On Tuesday of this week, Officer Morley played a key role in talking an armed party, who was wanted for a freshly committed felony, out of a barricaded home.

Officer Morley recognizes the need, and the expectation that society now places upon us to deescalate situations, and to be better prepared for this he voluntarily became one of the Department’s Crisis Negotiators and also attended Crisis Intervention Training. Officer Morley has also been the subject of many Letters of Appreciation from the family members of people that he has taken the time to assist, and his sense of humor at Third Division Roll Call can sometimes make the start of the shift a bit easier for everyone.

In addition, Lieutenant Richard Donnelly also submitted positive feedback on behalf of Officer Morley, noting that “he is an informed officer concerning issues on his route and the persons responsible for any anti-social and criminal behavior.”  He further stated that “no matter who he is assigned with, he continues to display a high level of professionalism and dedication to duty.  He is a valuable asset to the Department and always willing to assist when he is called upon.”

Congratulations and thank you to Officer Morley for a job well done.

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