Chief Joseph O’Connor
219 Walden Street
P.O. Box 519
Concord, MA 01742
For Immediate Release
Friday, June 10, 2016
Contact: John Guilfoil
Email: [email protected]
Concord Police Officers, Dispatchers Recognized for Life Saving Efforts
CONCORD — Chief Joseph O’Connor is pleased to announce that several members of the Concord Police Department received First Responder Recognition Awards yesterday for their life saving achievements.
Sgt. Joseph Connell, Officer Kevin Walsh, Officer Charles Dirienzo, Officer Robert Dolins, Officer Sean Connell and Dispatcher Anthony Marabella were honored by the Municipal Police Training Committee (MPTC) at a ceremony on Thursday, June 9.
The annual event recognizes members of local law enforcement who have provided life-saving medical assistance to people in need. This year, Governor Charlie Baker was in attendance as the guest speaker, along with Undersecretary Jennifer Queally and MPTC Executive Director Daniel Zivkovich.
“I am proud of our officers and dispatchers who responded to the emergencies in a calm and focused manner to save the lives of others,” Chief O’Connor said. “Their careful and quick actions resulted in positive outcomes, and this recognition is well-deserved.”
On Nov. 8, Sgt. Connell and Officer Dirienzo were dispatched to Starbucks at 159 Sudbury Road on a report of an unresponsive man. A 911 caller stated that a civilian was administering CPR, but the man had stopped breathing. Officer Dirienzo arrived with an automated external defibrillator (AED), followed by Sgt. Connell, who began rendering aid. The Concord Fire Department arrived and transported the victim to Lahey Hospital and Medical Center in Burlington. The man later recovered due to the swift actions of Sgt. Connell and Officer Dirienzo.
On Feb. 1, dispatch received multiple calls of an unresponsive woman in the pool at the Beede Swim and Fitness Center. Dispatchers Marbella and Connell immediately relayed the information to police and fire. Upon arrival, Officer Dolins observed civilians performing CPR on a 47-year-old woman and began assisting, using an AED to enhance their efforts. He continued this until the Concord Fire Department arrived to transport her to the hospital. En route, she regained consciousness.
On Feb. 25, Officer Walsh and Officer Dolins were dispatched to Bedford Street on a report of a one car motor vehicle crash. Upon their arrival, the officers observed two civilians performing CPR on the female driver. As Officer Walsh assisted with performing CPR, Officer Dolins went to retrieve the AED from his cruiser and began administering aid to the victim. The Concord Fire Department then arrived and transported the victim to Lahey Hospital and Medical Center in Burlington, where she later recovered.