This week has been emotional for all of us as police officers and as citizens of this country. Since the day of the Marathon bombings, North Reading Police Sergeant Joseph Thibodeau and Detective Paul Dorsey worked tirelessly with many other Law Enforcement representatives to help bring the people responsible to justice.
The officers are members of the regional response team NEMLEC (North Eastern Massachusetts Law Enforcement Council), a consortium of 54 municipal police and sheriff agencies that are committed to providing the highest quality of support and supplemental public safety services to its police chiefs through regional partnerships of member communities.
This past Thursday night and throughout the day on Friday, those officers, along with Officer Sean O'Leary, were involved in the manhunt for both suspects. Knowing the terror and destruction the two suspects caused over the past week, these officers worked tirelessly until both suspects were in custody.
As we all know, the scene was extremely dangerous, tense and unpredictable. When the second suspect was placed in custody, our NEMLEC team was there.
On behalf of the North Reading Police Department, I would like to extend our sincere gratitude to Sgt. Thibodeau, Detective Dorsey, and Officer O'Leary for their dedication and professionalism during this long tense week.
I can't let this moment pass without saying how incredibly proud we all should feel when reflecting on the work they and our law enforcement brothers and sisters have done. It was a proud day for our profession.
I would also ask that we all keep in our prayers our fallen brother Officer Sean Collier and all those who suffered a loss this week, and to a speedy recovery to Transit Officer Richard Donahue and all those who were injured during the attack. .
Chief Michael Murphy