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April 13. 2012 12:28PM

House Speaker statement on Greenland police shooting

CONCORD - House Speaker William O'Brien called Thursday's police shooting an "unspeakable tragedy" and said his thoughts and prayers were with the families and friends of the officers affected by the "senseless violence."

O'Brien's prepared statement follows:

""This has been an unspeakable tragedy for the residents of Greenland, and all of us across New Hampshire will come together to offer that community the help and support that they will so desperately need over the upcoming days and weeks. Having been through a terrible tragedy in Mont Vernon several years ago, I know just how well New Hampshire residents unite quickly to begin the healing process and to rebuild the fabric of a community that has suffered such a heartbreaking loss.

"Today, our thoughts and our prayers are with the families and friends of the police who were affected by this senseless violence. When an officer falls, an important part of all of us is lost. Every family deserves to have their member serving in law enforcement return home at the end of a shift. Chief (Michael) Maloney will not be returning and we will continue to be reminded of the honor he brought to his public service and his family's loss as in future days we see police officers in service to their communities. The lives of the Chief's survivors and those of the families of the other injured officers have been forever changed in a matter of seconds, while these brave men were doing their job to keep us all safe.

"My heart also goes out to our Deputy Speaker, Pam Tucker, who was a personal friend of her police chief. I know, though, that Pam will be a leader in the community in the coming weeks and months to get her community back on its feet, and I have offered her whatever assistance I can on Greenland's behalf.

"While I might have had some disagreements with our Attorney General, any issues we might have fall aside as we stand united in our efforts to help Greenland, the entire Seacoast, and the law enforcement community move past this tragedy. Today, our state government stands as one in our efforts to support Greenland and our law enforcement community."


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