WORCESTER (CBS) – 12 police officers from across Massachusetts were honored in Worcester on Thursday with the George L. Hanna Memorial Award for Courage. This honor is named after state soldier George Hanna, who was killed during a traffic stop in Auburn in 1983.
The honor is arguably the highest honor a Massachusetts law enforcement officer can receive.
Hanna’s two daughters, Deborah and Kimberly, were present at Thursday’s ceremony at the Mechanics Hall. Along with Governor Charlie Baker, they presented each award to the winners.
Here are the 12 officers honored, along with the police departments they worked for:
- Massachusetts State Police: Soldiers Peter Towle, Stephen Torosian, Michael Palmer and John Lennon
- Westboro Police: Sergeant Jonathan Kalagher
- Boston Police: Officer William Hull and Officer Mark Whalen
- Pepperell Police: Sergeant Nick Parker and Officer Justin Zink
- Municipal Law Enforcement Council: Sergeant Christopher Baker, and officers David Schepis and Stephen Wallace Jr.
Baker spoke during the ceremony, congratulating the winners and expressing gratitude for the work they had done.
“I am extremely grateful, as a public official who has given so much time to our colleagues in law enforcement, to be able to stand here today and say that I appreciate, We appreciate how, our friends and our neighbors appreciate what you do every day here in the Commonwealth,” said the Governor.
Worcester police officer’s family members have fallen Manny Familia were also present at the ceremony. Familia died that summer while trying to save a boy from drowning.
This year’s awards ceremony combines awardees from 2019 and 2020.
There have been 142 recipients of the Hanna Award since its creation in 1983.
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