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TPD Receives Life-Saving Awards from the Municipal Police Training Committee (MPTC)

Jun 20, 2019 05:36AM ● By Theresa Gilman

TPD Receives Life-Saving Awards from the Municipal Police Training Committee (MPTC)

Tewksbury Police Officers Eric Hanley, Justin Lindahl, and Kayla Sheehan, along with Dispatchers John Jouvelis, Sarah Sabella, and Dispatch Supervisor Ted Sullivan received high honors from the Municipal Police Training Committee (MPTC) CPR/First Responder Statewide Advisory Committee at this year’s 7th Annual First Responder Recognition Awards Program hosted by Bentley University on the morning of Thursday, June 13, 2019. All six Tewksbury Police Department (TPD) employees received a First Responder Recognition Award for on-duty actions above and beyond their law enforcement duties in rendering care to an individual in need of medical attention. This recognition is extended to nominated first responders who have been able to demonstrate that their CPR/First Responder training was beneficial in saving a life. Over the last six years the MPTC has honored nearly 500 first responders that have either saved a life or prevented death of an individual.  

Officer Hanley, Dispatcher Sabella, and Dispatch Supervisor Sullivan provided instrumental medical instruction during an incident involving an unresponsive and seizing 2 year old in January of 2019, Dispatcher Jouvelis and Dispatch Supervisor Sullivan provided critically needed CPR instruction to the grandmother of a 7 month old that had stopped breathing in February of 2019, and Officers Lindahl and Sheehan used their CPR/First Responder hands-on skills during a call for service involving a 21 year old who was unresponsive and had stopped breathing. All of these heroes performed life-saving measures that resulted in these individuals surviving the incident and making a full recovery. Medical professionals involved in the aftercare of these patients credited the life-saving measures introduced by these honorees with saving their lives.

We are extremely proud of these exemplary Officers and Dispatchers as they represent the finest traditions of the Tewksbury Police Department.  

The Tewksbury Police Department urges any citizens who suspect criminal activity to call the Dispatch Center @ 978-851-7373.  If you wish to remain anonymous please call the Tip Line @ 978-851-0175 or send an email to tewks_detectives@tewksbury-ma.gov .

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