Somerville Police Department
220 Washington St
Somerville, MA 02143
(In Union Square)
Emergency: Dial 9-1-1
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Published on Monday, 18 March 2013 15:47
BEYOND THE CALL OF DUTY AWARD
is presented for outstanding dedication and effort for the month of March 2013 to
Robyn DeFranzo has been a dedicated and hard working member of the Somerville Police Department as an E-911 Operator for the last 16 years. Anyone who has worked in Dispatch understands that compassion and the ability to work under stress are both critical factors. Probably nothing better supports this contention then the actions of Ms. DeFranzo on the morning of February 5th, 2013 when Ms. DeFranzo received a call from an eight year old boy stating that he couldn’t wake his mom up and thought she had died. As the call was being transferred for medical dispatch, Robyn continued to monitor the call while simultaneously seeking to locate any nearby police units to respond and bring comfort to this little boy. During this time, Robyn kept the very young and scared boy calm, giving him direction to facilitate the emergency response and bringing compassion to a very unfortunate situation. This was a heart-wrenching incident which certainly struck an emotional chord with everyone involved. The display of compassion and kindness under the most stressful situations exemplifies the professionalism of Ms. DeFranzo and our 911 dispatchers. The actions taken by Ms. DeFranzo were beyond the call of duty and merit this special recognition.
Thomas Pasquarello, Chief of Police
Published on Wednesday, 27 February 2013 15:36
THE SOMERVILLE POLICE BEYOND THE CALL OF DUTY AWARD
is presented for outstanding dedication and effort for the month of February 2013 to
For the last 28 years, Fred Hartsgrove has been responsible for the maintenance of the Somerville Police Department’s fleet. This in itself is a monumental challenge considering that police vehicles run 24/7 and the inventory is varied, including special operation vehicles, incident command vehicles, motorcycles, unmarked vehicles and cruisers. During the month of February, the state was struck with a blizzard of historic proportions, with nearly 30 inches of snow resulting in a declared State of Emergency. Storms of this magnitude take a toll on the police fleet, with windshield wipers, tires and headlights, among other parts being affected. To ensure that emergency vehicles were operational during this critical period, Fred remained on duty for the entire duration of the storm, from Friday through Sunday afternoon, and successfully managed to keep all our emergency vehicles operational. This is just one example of Fred’s dedication to the department and his contribution to public safety. Fred’s service merits recognition for his actions which consistently extend beyond the call of duty.
Thomas Pasquarello, Chief of Police
Published on Friday, 22 February 2013 17:30
Thanks to Donations from Residents, Local Businesses, Market Basket and Stop & Shop, City Delegation will Deliver a Truck Load of Items to Residents along Jersey Shore; NJ Residents Continue Cleanup, Seek Homes in Wake of Hurricane Sandy
Following a local donation drive spanning several months, Mayor Curtatone and a delegation of City staff (including Deputy Chief Michael Cabral and Officers Alan Monaco, Rob Pasqualino, Jason Costa, and John Howe of the SPD) will travel to the New Jersey coast this weekend to deliver a truck load of supplies to victims of October’s Hurricane Sandy. In a partnership with the communities of Somerville, New Jersey and Summerville, South Carolina, the City of Somerville, Massachusetts collected cleaning supplies, food, and other items needed by victims in New Jersey to assist with cleanup efforts and rebuilding after the super storm demolished many communities there. The delegation will depart from City Hall Friday afternoon at 1 p.m.
“Many times, in the aftermath of devastating events like earthquakes or hurricanes, we are quick to support victims in the weeks immediately following the storm. Yet we often forget that victim’s need can be even greater weeks and months later, as they try to rebuild and restructure their homes and lives,” said Mayor Curtatone. “Thanks to the very generous support of the Somerville community, and partners like Stop and Shop, Market Basket, and UHaul, we have been able to fill a truck with enough supplies to support these victims in their efforts, which will continue for many months.”
Through the Somerville-Summerville-Somerville partnership, each community collected items of need for various neighborhoods along the Jersey Shore, coordinated locally by Mayor Brian Gallagher of Somerville, NJ. The delegation from Massachusetts will join with Mayor Gallagher to deliver supplies to the community of Highlands, NJ, which sustained damage to most of the town’s 1,500 homes and almost all of its businesses.
“Whenever tragedy strikes, the Somerville, Massachusetts community is quick to mobilize in many ways. Knowing we have a partner community in Somerville, NJ, and having weathered some of the minor effects of Hurricane Sandy in New England, this hit close to home. I immediately contacted Mayor Gallagher to find ways that we could help,” Mayor Curtatone said. “Thanks to Mayor Gallagher and his staff, we’ve been able to provide assistance to so many residents and businesses, and hope we can continue to find ways to help in the months to come.”
Thank you to the following local partners for their generous donations and support for our donation drive: Market Basket; Stop and Shop; UHaul; Boston Burger; The Burren; Flatbread Pizza; Kick*ss Cupcakes; the New England Revolution; Orange Leaf; Raytheon; and Redbones.