On Tuesday, Aug. 16 at a meeting of the Board of Police Commissioners, four Bristol police officers were recognized for their involvement in two recent incidents.
Captain Edward Spyros presented the awards in the presence of family, friends, and colleagues.
Officers Harrison Pollock and Daniel Dwyer were recognized with a Letter of Commendation for the investigation and are named as Employees of the Month for June 2016.
On June 23, officers Dwyer and Pollock responded to a medical call on Irving Street for an unresponsive male. EMS evaluated the patient and ruled out a medical issue, said documents from the police department. The officers became suspicious of the situation and further evaluated the scene, said the report. They noted a curbside recycling container near the patient, which appeared out of place, said the report. The officers checked the contents finding it filled with cut copper piping, said the report. The officers noted a path of matted down grass that led from the container to a nearby vacant house, the report said. Upon further investigation, the report said the officers discovered the house had been burglarized and copper piping had been stolen. The copper in the container appeared to match what was missing from the house, said the report. Among the evidence collected was a sneaker print at the burglary matched the “victim’s” sneaker. Based on the investigation, the report said the male turned from victim to suspect and he was promptly arrested for burglary.
Officers Dwyer and Pollock were both recognized for their “quality investigative work, alertness to their surroundings, and attention to detail,” said the report from the department.
Officers George Franek and Vincenzo Infante were awarded the LIFESAVING Medal.
A report from the police said on June 20 at 932 a.m. hours, Officer Infante was sent to the area of 47 Atkins Ave. for a man down in the roadway. The report said Infante arrived shortly after and found a male in full cardiac arrest. Infante immediately began CPR. Shortly after, Officer Franek arrived on the scene and conducted two-person CPR with Infante, said the report. As both officers administered CPR, Bristol EMS arrived on scene and utilized a defibrillator. The victim regained a pulse and he was transported to the hospital in critical condition. According to the paramedic on scene, the report said, the officers “did an incredible job.” The patient ultimately survived and he was discharged from the hospital several days later, said the report. Due to the quick actions of Infante and Franek, they saved a life.