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Pittsfield police commend EMTs, firefighter and officers

Community Author: Grace Lommel
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Pittsfield Police Department | Contributed
Pittsfield Police Department | Contributed

PITTSFIELD — Pittsfield Police Chief Harold “Pete” Bickmore presented commendation certificates on Jan. 7 recognizing individuals and businesses for their outstanding service to the community.  The honorees included Pittsfield police and fire department members, Sebasticook Valley Hospital emergency personnel, a Somerset County Sheriff’s Office member and two local businesses.

“It’s a pleasure to recognize everyone for their noteworthy contributions to the Pittsfield Police Department (PPD) and the citizens of Pittsfield,” Bickmore stated.  “This demonstrates how much police, fire and emergency medical technicians rely on each other to protect and serve our community.  Without the support of businesses, too, we wouldn’t be able to do our jobs.”

Pittsfield Reserve Officers Alex Burns and Ryan Warner were recognized as new members of the department.  Burns recently graduated from the Maine Criminal Justice Academy, a rigorous 18-week training program. He’s now a full-time officer with the Skowhegan Police Department and a reserve officer with Pittsfield.

Warner was recently recertified by the academy and is the newest reserve officer.  He was one of the officers who attended the wounded shooter in Canaan after a police chase from the Waterville Walmart on Dec. 22.  Warner keeps blood-clotting powder on his person and used this successfully on the shooter’s wounds.  He will attend medical school in fall 2020.

Pittsfield Police Officer Marty Cochran and Reserve Officer Hunter Quinlan, EMTs Michael St Laurence, Stephen Lackey, Joshua Lawrence and Kristina Rider were honored for their response to a heroin overdose in Pittsfield.

When Cochran and Quinlan arrived, the male adult was unresponsive on the bathroom floor.  Together they administered NARCAN twice nasally while performing continuous CPR, which saved his life before SVH’s EMTs St. Laurence, Lackey, Lawrence, and Rider arrived. This was Quinlan’s first extreme overdose experience and Cochran’s fourth in his 19 years with the police department. Cochran was also recognized for filling Sgt. Roussin’s duties while Roussin was recently on medical leave.

Pittsfield Police Officer Jeffrey Vanadestine, Pittsfield Fire Department Conrad Alt and SVH EMTs Danica Thompson and Nancy Davis Watson were commended for their response to a suicide attempt.

When Vandestine arrived, the adult female had slashed herself down to the bone and was unresponsive. Because of Vanadestine’s emergency medical training, he capably stopped her profuse bleeding until the SVH EMTs Thompson and Davis Watson arrived and she survived. Firefighter Alt heard the radio traffic, happened to be in the area and assisted with the woman’s transport to the hospital.

Somerset County Sheriff’s Office Corporal Michael Rizzo was recognized for his extensive mandated annual rifle training. His rigorous five-hour session involved disassembling, cleaning, and reassembling rifles as well as shooting at targets 7, 10, 25, 50, and 100 yards away from behind barricades and in kneeling, prone and sitting positions. This training was at the Somerset County Sheriff’s Office range in Madison.  Each officer used approximately 170 rounds during this session.

Varney Ford in Newport was commended for keeping Pittsfield Police’s four cruisers in top operating condition 24/7 all year long. From their mechanics to the service desk, this business is friendly, helpful and responsive to all our needs.

Dunkin Donuts in Pittsfield was recognized for hosting the “Coffee with a Cop” on Oct. 2. Store Manager Jennifer Greeley set up a very festive table for the coffee and made all feel very welcome.

Attending were the Pittsfield police chief, Somerset County sheriff, chief deputy and a detective; Kennebec/Somerset District Attorney‘s domestic violence detective and an assistant district attorney;  two game wardens; one Maine State Police trooper; the US Customs and Border Patrol Jackman Station chief, and an FBI agent.  While the presence of so many uniforms and marked cars deterred customers, those who came had a great time and it was a great law enforcement networking opportunity.