Georgetown Police Chief Donald C. Cudmore Steps in as President of Essex County Chiefs of Police Association

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Georgetown Police Department
Donald C. Cudmore, Chief of Police
47 Central Street
Georgetown, MA 01833

For Immediate Release

Tuesday, Dec. 12, 2017

Contact: John Guilfoil
Phone: 617-993-0003
Email: john@jgpr.net

Georgetown Police Chief Donald C. Cudmore Steps in as President of Essex County Chiefs of Police Association

GEORGETOWN — The Georgetown Police Department is pleased to announce that Chief Donald C. Cudmore stepped in as the President of the Essex County Chiefs of Police Association last week.

On Wednesday, Dec. 6 Essex County District Attorney Jonathan W. Blodgett swore in Chief Cudmore as the Essex County Chiefs of Police Association’s newest president during a meeting at the Black Swan Country Club in Georgetown.

The Association, a round-table representing 34 cities and towns in Essex County — including the Essex County Sheriff’s Department and the Essex County District Attorney’s Office — and about 100 associate members, meets monthly to discuss important policing and community issues. It also brings police departments together from across the county to support worthwhile causes, including the Jimmy Fund and Special Olympics of Massachusetts.

New officers in the Executive Board include:

  • Vice President: Merrimac Police Chief Eric Shears
  • Secretary: North Andover Police Chief Charles Gray
  • Treasurer: Peabody Police Chief Tom Griffin

Chief Cudmore has served on the Georgetown Police Department since 1985, rising through the ranks before becoming Chief in 2013. He also previously served at the vice president and secretary of the Essex County Chiefs of Police Association.

“I am honored to represent the Essex County Chiefs of Police Association and its members,” Chief Cudmore said. “Our organization has long served as a leader in the Commonwealth when it comes to issues surrounding important legislation and charitable organizations. I look forward to continuing the great work we’re known for as president.”

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Groveland Fire Department Receives License to Deliver Lifesaving Medications During Acute Medical Emergencies

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Groveland Fire Department
Robert B. Lay, Fire Chief
Public Safety Building
181 Main St
Groveland, MA 01834

For Immediate Release

Tuesday, Dec. 12, 2017

Contact: John Guilfoil
Phone: 617-993-0003
Email: john@jgpr.net

Groveland Fire Department Receives License to Deliver Lifesaving Medications During Acute Medical Emergencies

The Groveland Fire Department received its Class V ambulance license and is now able to deliver lifesaving medications to people having acute medical emergencies. Left to right: Chief Robert Lay, Firefighter and EMS Coordinator Brian Belfiore and Firefighter Jennifer Hicks. (Courtesy Photo Groveland Fire Department)

GROVELAND — Chief Robert Lay is pleased to announce that the Groveland Fire Department has earned its Class V ambulance license and is able to respond and administer medications to those having acute medical emergencies.

Squad 1 at the Headquarters building and Squad 2 in the South Groveland Station are now equipped with Albuterol, glucose, EpiPens, Narcan, glucometers and aspirin, which EMTs can deliver to those suffering from chest pain, bee stings, asthma attacks, allergic reactions, opioid overdoses and more.

Prior to earning its Class V license, the Groveland Fire Department was a first responder agency with a limited ability to manage more serious medical conditions that are often encountered in the field. Groveland Fire personnel would often have to wait for Trinity, the town’s partner ambulance, to provide the lifesaving medications, which at times could be several minutes after the fire department’s arrival.

“Improving our delivery of emergency medical services in Groveland remains one our top priorities and obtaining this license was one our strategic imperatives,” Chief Lay said. “This license is a significant step forward for the department and the community to which it serves.”

Currently 12 out of the department’s 31 firefighters are trained as EMTs and will operate Squad 1 and 2. Another 10 firefighters are in the process of receiving their EMT certification — and once complete, more than 2/3 of the fire department will be able to deliver life saving medication to residents.

Additionally, Groveland has been a HeartSafe accredited community since 2016. This program designates cities and towns that continue to improve the survivability of sudden cardiac arrest and prevent it before it occurs. This directly ties into Groveland’s Class V license, as EMTs’ ability to deliver medications like Albuterol, glucose and EpiPens will further prevent sudden cardiac arrest from occurring.

“As a HeartSafe Community, it is imperative that we continue to find ways to deliver outstanding patient care and increase the survivability for all of our residents and visitors,” said Groveland’s HeartSafe Coordinator Taylor Balletto. “The Class V license mandates high training standards for our personnel, and allows for administration of medications that can prevent an out of hospital cardiac arrest. It will serve us well as we continue to improve these initiatives.”

The Groveland Fire Department would like to thank the Board of Selectmen for its support during the licensing process, which took more than a year to complete, along with Holy Family Hospital, which provides medical direction and oversight for the Groveland Fire Department.

“I am, and have always been excited to work with the Groveland Fire Department,” said Holy Family Hospital EMS Manager Christopher Wood. “Their hard work and dedication to quality patient care every day does not go unnoticed.”

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*Media Advisory* GLTS to Build Solar Lights for Those In Need as Part of Global Movement

Greater Lawrence Technical School
Superintendent John Lavoie
57 River Rd, Andover,
MA 01810

For Immediate Release

Monday, Dec. 11, 2017

Contact: John Guilfoil
Phone: 617-993-0003
Email: john@jgpr.net

*Media Advisory*

GLTS to Build Solar Lights for Those In Need as Part of Global Movement

Students Work with Liter of Light and Enel Green Power North America on Project

ANDOVER — Superintendent John Lavoie is pleased to announce that students at Greater Lawrence Tech will be building solar installations tomorrow as part of a global movement to provide those who have limited to no access to electricity with light.

The event is the only one of its kind in Massachusetts, and students will be working with Liter of Light and Enel Green Power North America, Inc. (EGPNA) to build solarized lanterns.

WHERE:

Greater Lawrence Technical School, 57 River Rd, Andover,

WHEN:

Tuesday, Dec. 12. Two 60-90 minute workshops will be held during the day — one at 8:30 a.m. and another at 12 p.m.

WHAT: 

Through a network of partnerships that spans the globe, Liter of Light works to teach communities how to use recycled plastic bottles and locally sourced materials to illuminate their homes, businesses and streets.

As part of its “Journey of Light,” Liter of Light and the TV show “Lost and Found: Journeyman” are making their way through the U.S., partnering with schools and universities to educate people about sustainability.

Leading renewable energy company EGPNA, a sponsor of this project, reached out to Greater Lawrence Tech to host the Massachusetts section of this trip.

While educating the school community about sustainability, Journeyman representatives will work with students in GLTS’ engineering and electrical shops to build solarized lanterns to distribute to remote and under-developed regions of the world that currently do not have access to electricity.

“We’re honored to be working with Liter of Light on this important project,” Superintendent Lavoie said. “Not only will Liter of Light be providing students with a valuable educational lesson, but we’ll be contributing to such a worthy cause and illustrating how something as small as a solar powered lantern can make a vast difference in others’ lives.”

“We are thrilled to be able to partner with Greater Lawrence Technical School and Liter of Light to help tackle one of the world’s greatest challenges, energy poverty,” said Marcus Krembs, Head of Sustainability for Enel Green Power North America, Inc., which is headquartered in Andover. “Through this partnership we are engaging students through hands-on learning focused on STEAM based learning, while also creating new ambassadors of light who can carry the message and the mission forward.”

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Groveland Woman Summonsed on Multiple Charges After Allegedly Assaulting Woman, Dog

Groveland Police Department
Jeffrey Gillen, Chief
Public Safety Building
181 Main St
Groveland, MA 01834

For Immediate Release

Monday, Dec. 11, 2017

Media Contact: John Guilfoil
Phone: 617-993-0003
Email: john@jgpr.net

Groveland Woman Summonsed on Multiple Charges After Allegedly Assaulting Woman, Dog

GROVELAND — Chief Jeffrey Gillen reports that the Groveland Police Department is charging a woman after she allegedly assaulted a resident and pepper sprayed her dog while they were out walking.

A 46-YEAR-OLD GROVELAND WOMAN will be summonsed and charged with:

    • Larceny from a Person
    • Assault and Battery with a Dangerous Weapon – Shod Foot
    • Assault and Battery with a Dangerous Weapon – Pepper Spray
    • Cruelty to Animals

The suspect’s name cannot be released at this time.

On Friday, Dec. 8 at approximately 8 a.m., two officers were dispatched to Salem Street on a report of a physical altercation between two individuals.

Upon arrival, officers located the two parties, both women. The victim, a 49-year-old Haverhill woman, had an injury to her leg. She told the responding officers that while she was walking her dogs on Salem Street, another dog, which she identified as a pit bull, got loose from a residence and aggressively ran toward her and her dogs, barking loudly.

The Haverhill woman told police that she felt her life and her dogs’ lives were in danger, so she took out pepper spray and sprayed it in the area of the pit bull. This did not slow its progress. The pit bull’s owner, the 46-year-old Groveland woman, emerged from her house, grabbed the dog and put it in her car.

When the Haverhill woman attempted to walk away from the confrontation, the Groveland woman got into her car, where she also had her 11-year-old son, shouting at the Haverhill woman, and drove into the driveway of a nearby residence to block her path.

The Haverhill woman then called 911, at which point the Groveland woman exited her car, grabbed the Haverhill woman and began going through her jacket until she located the pepper spray.

The Groveland woman then allegedly stole the Haverhill woman’s pepper spray and sprayed it in the air and at the victim’s dog. When the Haverhill woman attempted to get away, the Groveland woman allegedly kicked her in the leg.

After an investigation by Groveland Police, it was decided that the Groveland woman would be charged. She will be summonsed to Haverhill District Court at a later date. The Department of Children and Families was notified of the incident.

These are allegations. All suspects are innocent until proven guilty.

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