146th Annual Boston Police Relief Association Ball Recognizes BPD Officers for Exceptional Levels of Courage and Bravery: Last night, Sunday, April 8, 2018, the BPRA took the opportunity to honor and recognize the dedication, devotion and bravery of the men and women of the Boston Police Department at its 146th Annual Ball and Awards Ceremony. Congratulations to not only last night’s awardees, 53 in total, but to every officer who gets up and each and every day eager to protect and serve the citizens of Boston.
In the picture above, Deputy Superintendent Gerard Bailey is seen bestowing the Department’s Medal of Honor in Memory of Sergeant Richard F. Halloran, who was killed in the line of duty in November of 1975, to Officer Quion Riley of the Youth Violence Strike Force who, along with Officers Eric MacPherson, Andrew Hunter, Michael Taylor and Ellys Lee, arrested an armed gunman wanted in connection to a shooting incident in September of 2017. Additionally, the department’s highest award, the Schroeder Brothers Memorial Medal, was presented to Detective James Coyne along with Officers Eric MacPherson, Ellys Lee and Michael Taylor of the Youth Violence Strike Force for extraordinary levels of bravery displayed during the arrest of an armed gunmen in February of 2016.
Said Commissioner William Evans, “To all of this year’s award recipients, I say thank you for your service and congratulations on your well-deserved honor. Our city remains one of the safest big cities in America because of your service and sacrifice. As Commissioner of the Boston Police Department, not a day goes by where I’m not impressed by the hard work being done by my officers and I especially want to thank the BPRA for taking the time, as they do each and every year, to honor and recognize the exceptional levels of professionalism, compassion and bravery put forth by my officers in their ongoing efforts to keep people safe.”