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NH Congressional Delegation Honors Recipients of Congressional Law Enforcement Awards in Concord

CONCORD – Senators Maggie Hassan and Jeanne Shaheen and Representatives Annie Kuster and Chris Pappas tonight honored law enforcement officers who have gone above and beyond the call of duty at the annual New Hampshire Congressional Law Enforcement Awards ceremony.

“Keeping our citizens safe is at the core of strong communities and a strong economy – and public safety is truly the most fundamental task of any government. That is why the work of New Hampshire’s law enforcement officers is so vital,” said Senator Hassan. “I am so impressed by the work that our law enforcement officers do every day on behalf of our state and what it means to our communities, and I want to congratulate all those being honored this year. As our law enforcement officers continue their heroic efforts to keep the public safe, I look forward to continuing to work together to build a safer and stronger New Hampshire.”

“This annual ceremony serves as a testament to the outstanding service of our Granite State law enforcement officers. While often underappreciated and unheralded, they remain committed to serving and protecting Granite Staters, even when it means putting their own well-being at risk. Such a level of dedication is a source of great pride and admiration across our state,” said Senator Shaheen. “This year’s honorees demonstrated exceptional courage in addition to a deep-rooted commitment to keeping our communities safe. We are forever grateful to these brave men and women, and I offer my sincere thanks to them, their families and those who have made the ultimate sacrifice in the line of duty.” 

“I was honored to join the annual Congressional Law Enforcement Awards ceremony this evening to honor Granite State law enforcement officials and their families for their commitment to the safety of our communities,” said Representative Kuster. “Across New Hampshire, law enforcement officers put themselves in harm’s way every day to keep our communities safe, and this is an important opportunity to recognize and honor their courage and commitment to public safety. We are so grateful to members of law enforcement in New Hampshire and across the country who put their lives on the line to protect others and I extend my sincere thanks and gratitude to the brave men and women we are honoring this evening.”

“It was an honor to join members of New Hampshire’s law enforcement community at tonight’s Congressional Law Enforcement Awards and congratulate this year’s awardees for the incredible work they do keeping our communities safe,” said Representative Pappas. “Members of our law enforcement, as well as their families and loved ones, deserve our utmost gratitude and respect for the sacrifices they make to keep our communities safe. Day in and day out, those who serve and protect our communities risk their own safety for all of us, and we must never forget them. I remain committed to ensuring that law enforcement, public safety, and first responders get the resources they need to do their jobs and keep our communities healthy, safe, and secure.”

The following groups and individuals were recognized:

  • For their response to a bus depot explosion on March 3, 2022, Chief Edward Shaughnessy and Sergeant Neil Flanagan of the Bradford Police Department received Above and Beyond the Call of Duty. Philip Biron, Michael Boucher, David Camire, Debra Dimond, Drew Patterson, Hunter Patterson, Joshua Raney, Emily Selig Roy, Derek Sykes, and Jeffrey Sykes received Associate Service Awards.
  • For the State Police SWAT response to a man with a gun in Claremont on March 31, 2021, NH State Police Sergeant Gary Ingham, Sergeant Shane Larkin, Sergeant Noah Sanctuary, Trooper First Class Nicholas Cyr, Trooper First Class Stefan Czyzowski, and Trooper William Neilsen received a Unit Citation Award.
  • For their work on the cold case of a missing person from July 1978, Conservation Officer Joseph Canfield, Sergeant Kevin Bronson, Sergeant Geoff Pushee, and Conservation Officer Graham Courtney of the NH Fish and Game Department received a Unit Citation Award.
  • For their response to a juvenile in distress rescue on June 10, 2022, Detective Molly Martuscello and Officer Juel Cooper of the Dover Police Department received the Officer Richard W. Bateman Dedication and Professionalism Award.
  • For rescuing a woman from a burning vehicle on May 25, 2022, Officer Haley Magee of the Hampton Police Department received the Officer Richard W. Bateman Dedication and Professionalism Award.
  • For recognition of his dedication throughout his career with the State Police, Mr. Bruce Taylor, NH State Police Forensic Laboratory photographer, received the Officer Richard W. Bateman Dedication and Professionalism Award.