Great Work Recognized: Officer Intervenes as Woman Harms Herself with a Knife in Downtown Boston

Officer Michael Forde Pictured Center

At a recent ceremony at BPD Headquarters, Officer Michael Forde was recognized for his recent actions in saving the life of a distraught woman.  Officer Forde, assigned to District A-1 (Downtown), responded to a radio call for a female who was cutting her wrist with a knife in the area of 121 Tremont Street in Boston.  The officer quickly located the woman and observed her cutting her own wrist with a large steak knife.  The officer moved in and disarmed the woman as she continued to cut herself.  Additional units then arrived on scene and assisted Officer Forde in restraining the woman until she could be transported by Boston EMS to a local hospital for treatment.

Officer Forde was at great risk as he engaged an armed and unstable individual, but he was able to neutralize the situation, preventing further injury to the woman, injury to himself or members of the public.  He saved her life with his rapid response and decisive action.

For his actions, Officer Forde is awarded a Commissioner’s Commendation.