On Saturday, May 23, 2015, the National Association of Italian American Police Officers held their annual awards banquet in Middleton, Massachusetts. Boston Police Commissioner William Evans and Boston Police Officer John Moynihan were among the honored guests. Commissioner Evans received the Law Enforcement Distinguished Community Service Award which is presented to an individual who has distinguished himself for outstanding contributions in the field of Law Enforcement and Public Safety. Officer Moynihan received the Distinguished Medal of Valor, presented to an individual for an act of bravery under perilous circumstances while in performance of their duty and demonstrates their courage and dedication as a professional Law Enforcement Officer.
Both men were humbled by the awards and grateful to their hosts for a wonderful evening. In his remarks, Commissioner Evans said he was privileged to lead the department and thanked his officers for all of their hard work on the streets of Boston stating, “I have the greatest group of officers I could possibly ask for,” and singling out Officer Moynihan.
Officer Moynihan was quick to turn the attention away from himself and directly towards his brother and sister officers in the Youth Violence Strike Force in attendance and credited them with saving his life. He called each of them by name as the entire audience rose to their feet applauding the officers. The humble warrior leaned into the microphone and said, “Great officers--it’s an honor that I get to work with these guys, and I’m even more proud to call them my friends. I am forever indebted to them for saving my life, and I’m indebted to their families. I just wanted to thank them. Those guys are the real heroes here tonight.”