Somerville Police Department
220 Washington St
Somerville, MA 02143
(In Union Square)

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BEYOND THE CALL OF DUTY AWARD FOR JULY 2014

BEYOND THE CALL OF DUTY AWARD

is presented for outstanding dedication and effort for the month of July 2014 to

Officer Maryanne Manfra

Officer Maryanne Manfra has been a dedicated member of the Somerville Police Department for 20 years. On Wednesday, June 4th Officer Manfra, was asked to accompany Cindy Hickey, to a well being check for a client that had some mental health issues. When Officer Manfra and Ms. Hickey arrived and Mr. LeBlanc opened the door, the smell of natural gas was overwhelming.  Officer Manfra immediately called the Fire Department and the Nstar Gas Company. While on scene, Officer Manfra became concerned about the conditions of Mr. LeBlanc’s home and discovered that he was taking medications dated from 2003 and 2008. These medications were seized and destroyed. The fire department arrived, tested for gas readings, and left when the meters read “no gas fumes.” However, Officer Manfra was relentless in the fact that there was an odor. After another 30 minutes of dealing with the elder’s mental health issues, both Officer Manfra and Ms Hickey departed from the apartment. Not comfortable with the status of Mr. LeBlanc, Officer Manfra returned to this apartment where she encountered an Nstar representative. Officer Manfra assisted in helping to move the counter beside the stove so that the Nstar representative could get a better look at the back of the stove. There he discovered a major gas leak at the valve connection of the stove. Officer Manfra remained at the residence until the gas leak issue was repaired. Officer Manfra’s instincts and her eventual discovery of a gas leak within this elderly person’s apartment avoided a potential fatality or possibly an explosion in the future.  Her actions are worthy of this above and beyond the call of duty award.

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Charles J. Femino, Chief of Police

 

BEYOND THE CALL OF DUTY AWARD FOR JUNE 2014

BEYOND THE CALL OF DUTY AWARD

is presented for outstanding dedication and effort for the month of June 2014 to

Det. Natacha Montina-Garcia

Over the last eight years, Detective Natacha Montina-Garcia has proved to be an exceptional employee of the Somerville Police Department. After only two years in patrol, Detctive Montina-Garcia was assigned as the Juvenile Officer in the Criminal Investigation Division and still holds that position today. During the past eight years Detective Montina-Garcia has received praise from many members of the Somerville Public School system for her prompt and professional response to any issue that may arise. More recently, she was recognized by the Director of Student Services for her work with the students of the Next Wave Alternative Junior High School. During a presentation, Detective Montina-Garcia, along with Officer Steve St. Hilaire, sent a very strong message to the students that the Somerville Public Schools and the Somerville Police Department work together to solve issues, and more importantly, that the officers of the SPD care about the students at the Next Wave School. There was also a great follow-up discussion after the session within the students’ counseling groups. Aside from her work with the youth of the city, Detective Montina-Garcia is always willing to assist with general investigations or other issues in the department. Her actions truly are above and beyond the call of duty and merit this recognition.

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Charles J. Femino, Chief of Police

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