Great Work Recognized: Several Officers Awarded Commissioner’s Commendations for Outstanding Police Work

Today, Thursday, March 26, 2015, several Boston police officers were commended at the department’s Compstat meeting for their remarkable work over the past weeks. The details of the incidents are as follows:

Officer Sherry Dellascio with Chief William Gross (left) and Commissioner William Evans.

Incident #1: At about 9:15 AM on Wednesday, March 4, 2015, Officers Colleen Fancelli and Sherry Dellascio of District C-6 (South Boston) responded to the area of 149 Bowen Street in South Boston after receiving information that an individual had climbed through the window of a residence. Officers stopped an individual fitting the suspect’s description, and after a thorough investigation, learned that the suspect had multiple warrants for violent crimes and a stay away order from the above address. The suspect was arrested for Breaking and Entering and Violation of a Restraining Order, along with the active warrants.

Officers Fancelli and Dellascio are continually active in their area of patrol and affected an arrest of an individual with a history of violent behavior. The attentiveness of the officers prevented a potential physical attack on the victim, and their actions exemplify their dedication to duty. For their efforts, they are awarded a Commissioner’s Commendation.

Officer Tyrone Campbell poses with Chief Gross and Commissioner Evans.

Incident #2: On Monday, January 19, 2015, Boston Housing Authority Police Officers Tyrone Campbell and Charles Curran responded to a radio call for a group of males kicking the door of a residence in the area of 12 Crowley Rogers Way in the D Street Housing Development in South Boston.

Upon arrival, Officer Curran observed the group of males as Officer Campbell approached the scene from the opposite direction. The officers observed one male break away from the group and run with his left hand clutching his waistband. With his firearm drawn, Officer Campbell chased the suspect and ordered him to stop. A violent struggle ensued, but the officers were able to handcuff the suspect and recover a semi-automatic firearm from the suspect’s sweater. As a result of their efforts, two individuals were ultimately apprehended and a firearm recovered. For their excellent and courageous work, these officers are each awarded a Commissioner’s Commendation.

From left to right: Lieutenant Daneil Tracey, Sergeant Richard Fitzpatrick, Officer Berlino Felix, and Detective Paul Schroeder.

Incident #3: At about 9:00 PM on January 10, 2015, Lieutenant Daniel Tracey, Sergeant Richard Fitzpatrick, Detective Paul Schroeder, and Officers Berlino Felix and Martin Hedderman of Districts C-6 (South Boston) and C-11 (Dorchester) were among primary responders who answered a radio call for a domestic situation in which a son was acting violently toward his mother. Officers were further informed that the situation was being exacerbated by the suspect’s alcohol use and refusal to take his medication for psychological issues. Officers attempted to reason with the suspect and defuse the situation with non-confrontational techniques to no avail. The situation escalated when the suspect armed himself with a 13” knife, threatened officers and victims, and turned on the natural gas stove in an attempt to ignite the apartment.

Lieutenant Tracey and Sergeant Fitzpatrick were summoned to assist the responding officers and, after again trying to reason with the suspect, were forced to deploy the less-lethal “bean-bag” shotgun as a last resort. The suspect was safely subdued and peace was restored shortly after. For the brave efforts of the officers, they are each presented with a Commissioner’s Commendation.