Irish American Police Officers Association Announces 2019 Award Recipients

The Irish American Police Officers Association (IAPOA) is pleased to announce its plans to recognize dozens of local law enforcement officers for their outstanding service this May at its annual awards dinner.

The 20th Annual IAPOA awards dinner will be held on Saturday, May 4 at the Malden Irish American Club Hall. There will be approximately 50 awards given to members of police departments throughout Massachusetts at the event, honoring those individuals for various acts of Valor, Life Saving, Investigations, Meritorious Service, Community Service and Humanitarian work.

“These award recipients have exhibited a remarkable dedication to serving and protecting their communities, and have gone above and beyond to perform police work of the highest quality,” said IAPOA President Robert Sweetland. “This awards dinner is a wonderful way to recognize and celebrate their efforts, and to honor the men and women that keep our communities safe every day.”

Family, colleagues, friends, and police leaders from across the state will be present at the awards dinner to honor the award recipients for their outstanding work.

The IAPOA’s most prestigious award, the Medal of Honor, will be presented posthumously to Yarmouth Police Sgt. Sean Gannon and Weymouth Police Sgt. Michael Chesna. Sgt. Gannon was killed in the line of duty in April 2018, and Sgt. Chesna was killed in the line of duty in July 2018.

Winthrop Police Detective Michael Delehanty has also been chosen to receive the Community Service award posthumously.

Other award recipients include:
Investigative Award: Somerville Police Officer Devin Schneider
Investigative Award: Somerville Police Detective Stephen M. Jones
Investigative Award: Boston Police Lt. Detective Charles Wilson
Investigative Award: Boston Police Detective David Juba
Investigative Award: Boston Police Detective Stephen Morash
Investigative Award: Boston Police Sgt. Detective Michael Talbot
Investigative Award: Boston Police Sgt. Detective Paul McLaughlin
Life Saving Award: Malden Police Officer Katelyn Murphy
Live Saving Award: Malden Police Officer Noelle Bowie-Pierce
Valor and Life Saving Awards: Springfield Police Officer Daniel Moynahan
Valor and Life Saving Awards: Springfield Police Officer Joseph Levesque
Valor and Life Saving Awards: Springfield Police Officer David Santiago
Investigations Award: Wayland Police Detective Sgt. Jamie Berger
Valor Award: Falmouth Police Officer Ryan Moore
Valor Award: Falmouth Police Officer Donald DeMiranda
Life Saving Award: Quincy Police Officer Cheryl Potter
Life Saving Award: Quincy Police Officer Michael Sullivan
Medal of Valor: Weymouth Police Sgt. Kevin Malloy
Medal of Valor: Weymouth Police Officer Sean Murphy
Medal of Valor: Weymouth Police Detective Paul Donnelly
Medal of Valor: Weymouth Police Officer Nicholas Marini
Medal of Valor: Weymouth Police Officer James Mullin
Medal of Valor: Weymouth Police Officer Jeremy Russell
Medal of Valor: Weymouth Police Officer Michael Masciovecchio
Valor Award: Yarmouth Police Officer Chris VanNess
Valor Award: Yarmouth Police Officer Sean Geary
Valor Award: Yarmouth Police K-9 Nero
Valor Award: Massachusetts State Police Violent Fugitive Apprehension Section Sgt. Michael Turgeon
Meritorious Award: Chelsea Police Officer Deryn DiOrio
Meritorious Award: Chelsea Police Officer Bryan Hernandez
Life Saving Award: Chelsea Police Officer Christopher Troisi
Life Saving Award: Chelsea Police Officer Thomas Riley
Life Saving Award: Chelsea Police Officer Matthew O’Flaherty
Sean A. Collier Civillian Support Award: Civilian Tomas MacCormaic
Investigations Award: Boston University Police Sgt. Paul Arnold
Investigations Award: Boston University Police Detective Christopher O’Shea
Investigations Award: Boston University Police Officer Brandon Stone
Life Saving Award: Massachusetts State Police Trooper Michael M. Murphy
Humanitarian Award: Retired Yarmouth Police Officer Peter B. McClelland
Investigations Award: Cambridge Police Detective Kenneth Mui
Investigations Award: Cambridge Police Detective Michael Logan
Meritorious Award: Canton Police Sgt. Paul Digiampietro
Meritorious Award: Canton Police Detective Kevin Albert
Meritorious Award: Canton Police Officer Eric Wade
Meritorious Award: Canton Police Officer Johnathon McCourt
Meritorious Award: Canton Police Officer James Galanis
Meritorious Award: Canton Police Officer Sean Goode
Humanitarian Award: Retired Watertown Police Detective David Collins
Tickets to the 2019 IAPOA awards dinner are $45 each, and can be purchased by emailing a check to the IAPOA at 3 Brighton St., Belmont or by emailing events@irishamericanpolice.org.

The awards dinner sells out of tickets each year, and the IAPOA encourages those interested in attending to purchase theirs soon. No tickets will be available for purchase at the door on the day of the event.

Businesses, individuals, and organizations are also welcome to sponsor the awards dinner, and can do so by emailing events@irishamericanpolice.org.

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