On May 2nd, the Irish American Police Officers Association of Massachusetts presented the Investigative Award to Somerville Police Detective Paul Duffy and Massachusetts State Police Trooper Jeffrey Saunders for their commitment and perseverance in the face of numerous obstacles and frustration during the investigation of the murder of Christopher Souza in 2009, which led to the conviction of his killer on June 8, 2014.
Detective Duffy and Trooper Saunders were among thirty-five award recipients from fourteen different agencies. The Medal of Honor was presented posthumously to the families of Boston Police Officer Dennis O. “OJ” Simmonds Jr. and Plymouth Police Officer Gregg Maloney, who died in the line of duty in 2014.
(Pictured L – R, IAPOA President Mark O’Toole, Trooper Jeffrey Saunders and Detective Paul Duffy)