BEYOND THE CALL OF DUTY AWARD
is presented for outstanding dedication and effort for the month of April 2013 to
Detective Paul Duffy
Detective Paul Duffy has been a dedicated member of the Somerville Police Department for 24 years. In November 2009, Somerville Police were called to respond to a report of a possible suicide. The victim, a 24 year old male, was found lying on the floor with signs of trauma to his body. Det. Duffy, an experienced and seasoned investigator, proceeded with the death investigation as a potential homicide. Det. Duffy soon learned that the Medical Examiner had ruled the victim’s death as a homicide and the manner of death as murder. Det. Duffy was determined to find out who had killed the victim and worked tirelessly with Trooper Jeff Saunders on this investigation. He stayed in contact with the victim’s family and pushed for public appeals for persons with information to come forward. Over a four year period, Det. Duffy followed every lead and was relentless in his pursuit of the truth. Finally, in March 2013, Det. Duffy developed enough information to indict the suspect for murder and is now awaiting his trial. Det. Duffy went above and beyond the call of duty by bringing this suspect to justice and bringing closure to the family of the victim.
Thomas Pasquarello, Chief of Police