HAMPTON — The late Greenland Police Chief Michael Maloney died a hero, and Wednesday night several other heroes were recognized in his honor.
The Chief Michael Maloney Memorial Fund’s first-ever “Night of Heroes” ceremony was held at the Community Oven restaurant, where four “Chief Maloney Hero in Action” awards and two “Career Excellence” awards were presented to law enforcement officers, firefighters and other first responders.
The event was held to thank sponsors of the Maloney fund, show how the fund has been used since it was established in the wake of Maloney’s death in a shooting last year, and to recognize the actions of first responders.
“These are people who consistently put their lives on the line who don’t expect a pat on the back and don’t expect any press. It’s really important for us to recognize the heroes who walk amongst us. We’re refusing to allow that dark cloud to hang over Mike’s legacy,” said Tim Maloney, the chief’s younger brother.
The fund, which has raised nearly $145,000 so far, provides financial support to public safety members and their families injured or killed in the line of duty; gives scholarships to members of public safety agencies and their children or members of the community looking to enter the public safety field; and provides community grants in Maloney’s memory or his interests, or for training or equipment for public safety agencies.
“It’s a great honor in Michael’s name,” said the chief’s mother, Joan Buchanan, who was among the more than 100 people who attended the awards ceremony.
Hampton firefighters Jed Carpentier and Kyle Jameson were recognized for their rescue effort on July 25 when two distressed swimmers found themselves caught in a strong rip current on Hampton Beach.
Both rescue swimmers, Carpentier and Jameson rushed into the heavy surf and made their way to the swimmers who were several hundred yards off shore. The firefighters kept them afloat until the Marine 1 rescue boat arrived.
Newburyport, Mass., police Officer Nora Duggan and Newburyport Deputy Fire Chief Stephen Bradbury also received awards for rescuing a man in distress in a bog on Sept. 27.
Duggan was the first to arrive and found a man in the swampy bog. She deployed a “ResQ Disc,” a rescue device similar to a Frisbee, several times and instructed the man to grab it. When she was unable to reach him with the disc, Duggan moved deeper into the heavy swamp area and Bradbury arrived a minute later, suited up with a survival suit and entered the water. He reached the man and pulled his head out of the water until other personnel arrived and pulled him to shore, where efforts to save him continued as he was in full cardiac arrest when he was rushed to a local hospital. The man survived.
Awards were also presented to emergency medical technicians Mo Sodini and Rob Holt of the Greenland Volunteer Fire Department.They were the first to arrive when emergency responders were called to assist a 60-year-old man suffering a heart attack on July 21.
The call was made by the man’s wife, who was instructed by the 911 operator to start chest compressions, which she performed with a broken arm.
Sodini and Holt took over performing CPR as soon as they arrived. The man’s heart stopped, but they used a defibrillator and continued to lifesaving efforts.
EMTs were able to get his heart beating again on the way to the hospital.
Twelve members of the Dover Fire Department were recognized as well for their heroic rescue during an apartment building fire on June 6 in Dover.
The first responding company, led by Capt. Paul Haas, faced extreme fire conditions and learned that there was a 16-year-old girl trapped inside her second-floor bedroom directly above the fire. Working as a team, the fire company attacked the fire with water and made multiple attempts to rescue the occupant. Using a thermal camera, the firefighters were able to fight their way through the unbearable heat and thick black smoke and make their way down the hallway to free the teen.
Two other residents and a family dog were also rescued. The Dover firefighters honored were Captain Paul Haas, Firefighter/Paramedic Craig Comeau,
Firefighter/Paramedic Brian Jacques,
Firefighter Glen Camire, Firefighter Eric Anderson,
Lieutenant David Hanna,
Firefighter/Paramedic Craig Croteau,
Firefighter Scott Orringer,
Firefighter Matthew Furtney,
Lieutenant Michael Druin, Firefighter/Paramedic Jenn Myers, and
Firefighter/Paramedic Joshua AmbroseCareer Excellence awards were also presented to Hampton Fire Prevention Officer Scott Steele and Rockingham County Sheriff’s Deputy Matthew Caracciolo.