On Saturday, November 11, 2012, members of the Boston Police Department took to the ice at the Walter Brown Arena on the campus of Boston University to honor several past and present day members of the department by inducting them into the newly created and 1st inaugural Boston Police Department Hockey Hall of Fame. Eighteen former players were inducted into the Hall of Fame. Said Team General Manager Gerard McHale, “Selecting and inducting players into a hall of fame is never an easy task, especially, when you have so many talented and dedicated players to choose from. We started out with a list of six players and, by the time all was said and done, the list of inductees had grown to eighteen. These are the guys who started the program. These are the guys who set the bar and we’ve been doing our best to raise it every year since. And, let me just say, even though we picked eighteen players this year, truth be told, we very easily could’ve added another ten. So, to those who didn’t make it in this year, let me remind folks, next year is a new year and the selection committee has already begun putting the finishing touches to the 2nd class of inductees into the BPD Hockey Hall of Fame.”
Players inducted into the inaugural class include: Richie Ross, Paul Sullivan, John Ryle, Kevin Buckley, Coach Elliot Feldman, Bernard O’Rourke, Mitch McCormick, Bobby & Billy Dwan, Eddie & Joe Gillepsie, Jay Moccia, Goalie Bobby Cuddyer, Stephen McManus, Patrick Cullity, Bobby Clarke, Chris Shoulla and Sean Feeney.
Said long-time Coach Elliot Feldman, “It has been an absolute pleasure and privilege to be affiliated with the Boston Police Hockey team. Being inducted in the BPD Hall of Fame is a tremendous honor and, while I’m certainly grateful for it, I am even more grateful for the friendships formed and relationships made over the years as a result of my involvement with a great program and an even greater bunch of guys.”
Special thanks and kudos to General Manager Gerard McHale, Head Coach Mark McHale and Tracy McHale for piecing together and planning this year’s ceremony.
If you missed the great article on Stephanie O’Sullivan in Wednesday’s Boston Globe – we got you covered
Said Stephanie O’Sullivan, “I’m just very lucky, doing two jobs I love. I’m living a dream with the police and the hockey. This is the greatest job in the world.”
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Urban Shield – the simulated public safety exercise designed to test and enhance this region’s ability to respond to either a natural or manufactured emergency – is over and all who participated say the experience and opportunity to learn was invaluable. For those unfamiliar with the exercise – the operation, which lasted 24 hours, began at 8:00am Saturday morning (November 3, 2012) and concluded this morning, Sunday (November 4, 2012).
Said Mayor Thomas M. Menino, “This kind of training is vital for our first responders. They are on the frontlines when emergencies occur and we want them trained in the best ways possible to handle any situation.”
Said Deputy Superintendent Colm Lydon, “After speaking to all the participating agencies, the feedback has been wonderful. In fact, all who participated tell us that Urban Shield 2012 was an undeniable success and the opportunity to learn as a result of the challenges provided as seen in the simulated exercises was invaluable. And that’s exactly what we’re hoping to hear. Bottom line, our region is safer and better prepared because of this training.”
Organizers of the event are grateful and empathetic to any community member or resident who may have been inconvenienced during the training. Some community members may have heard simulated gunfire and observed officers responding to simulated emergencies. Throughout the exercise, the highest levels of caution and care were employed and adhered to and the vast majority of the exercises were conducted in cordoned-off areas so as to minimize the level of inconvenience felt by members of the public .
The exercises included first responders around the region including Boston, Brookline, Quincy, Revere, Cambridge, Chelsea, the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority (MBTA), the Conference of Boston Teaching Hospitals, UMass-Boston and the United States Coast Guard.
COMMUNITY ALERT and REMINDER: Simulated Public Safety Exercise – Urban Shield is Active from 8am (Saturday) through 8am (Sunday)
The Urban Shield – the simulated public safety exercise – is active and ongoing for the next 24 hours starting at 8:00am this Saturday through Sunday at 8:00am.
Residents in the area of the exercises may hear simulated gunfire and observe officers responding to simulated emergencies. Simulated scenarios will be run multiple times over the course of the 24 hour period. Organizers urge and remind residents not to be alarmed. There is no danger to anyone in the area and exercises will be conducted in cordoned-off areas away from the public.
The following locations are hosting exercises:
- USS Salem (Quincy)
- The former District B-2 Police Station in Roxbury
- The former Circle Cinemas (Brookline)
- Bowdoin MBTA Station (Boston)
- Boston Harbor Anchorage #1 (Boston)
- UMass Boston Campus (Boston)
- Eight area hospitals throughout Boston
On Friday, November 2, 2012, officers and detectives from District C-11 (Dorchester), District B-2 (Roxbury) and members of the Boston Police SWAT team executed an arrest warrant in the name of Omar Gray, an individual wanted in connection with an armed robbery on October 26, 2012 (see below). After locating the suspect inside a residence at 272 Norfolk Street, officers took the suspect into custody.
Officers arrested Omar Gray, 18, of Boston and charged him with Armed Robbery.
At about 8:50pm, on Friday, October 26, 2012, officers from District C-11 (Dorchester) responded to a radio call for an armed robbery at 59 Lydon Way in Dorchester. According to the victim, after placing an ad on Craigslist promoting the sale of his laptop computer, he received an email from an individual looking to buy his laptop. After agreeing on a price and a place to complete the transaction, the victim says he made his way to 59 Lydon Way. Once there, the victim says he was robbed at gunpoint by two black males who appeared to be in their late teens. After robbing the victim of his laptop and cell phone, both suspects fled the scene on foot.
Thanks to some dogged and determined police work, detectives were able to secure the identity of one of the suspects by back tracking an email address used by the suspect during negotiations with the victim.
After identifying the suspect, detectives prepared a photo array to be viewed by the victim. Prior to viewing the array of photos, the victim was told that the array may or may not include a picture of the suspect. That said, while viewing the photo array, the victim pointed to one of the photos and stated, “This is the person.” The person identified was Omar Gray.
On Friday, October 26, 2012 Boston Police Officers assigned to (C-11) responded to an armed robbery at 59 Lydon Way in Dorchester.
On arrival officers spoke with the 20 year old male victim who stated two males robbed him of his laptop computer and cell phone. The victim, who is from a nearby suburb, placed an ad on Craigslist offering to sell his computer and phone for $600.00. The victim stated he corresponded with one of the suspects through email and arranged to meet on Lydon Way. When the victim arrived, he said the suspects wanted to check to be sure the equipment was working. The three men entered 59 Lydon Way to use an electrical outlet on the second floor. While the victim was booting up his computer, one of the suspects pointed a semi -automatic gun at him and took his laptop and phone. One of the suspects allegedly told the victim to walk down the hall and leave the building.
The victim describes suspect number one as a black male between the ages of 17-20, approximately five feet five inches tall, 150lbs, medium build with short hair and a round face wearing a black hoodie and blue jeans. The second suspect is also described as a black male between the ages of 17-20 with a similar height and build wearing a green hoodie and khaki pants.
The Boston Police Department is actively investigating the facts and circumstances surrounding this incident. Anyone with information is asked to call District C-11 detectives at (617) 343-4335.
Community members wishing to assist this investigation anonymously can do so by calling the CrimeStoppers Tip Line at 1(800) 494-TIPS or texting the word ‘TIP’ to CRIME (27463). The Boston Police Department will stringently guard and protect the identities of those who wish to remain anonymous.
The Boston Police offers these safety tips for anyone using Craigslist to buy or sell electronic equipment:
• Meet the buyer or seller during the day if possible
• Meet in a busy public place
• Take another adult with you
• Do not go into apartments or buildings
• Trust your instincts
At 11:37PM on Tuesday, October 30, 2012, officers from C-11 (Dorchester) responded to a call for an armed robbery on Florida Street. The suspects, described as two young black men wearing hoodies, robbed the victim at gunpoint before fleeing the scene.
Officers patrolling the area observed two suspects walking together on Ashmont Street. Upon observing the unmarked police cruiser, the suspects walked in different directions. The officers exited their vehicle and approached the individuals, both of whom were breathing heavily, for questioning. An additional suspect appeared from a nearby parking lot, also breathing heavily. Officers canvassed the area and recovered a BB gun and several items belonging to the victim.
Officers arrested Gines Pena, 18, of Dorchester, and Jean Carlos Senises, 18, of Dorchester, for Armed Robbery. Officers also transported a male juvenile suspect, 16, of Dorchester, to his home. Officers will continue to investigate this incident.
“We want children to have a safe and happy Halloween,” said Police Commissioner Edward F. Davis. Davis continued, “The storm left a lot of damage behind. As a result, we are asking parents or adults taking children out trick-or-treating to be aware of possible dangerous conditions.”
Here are a few safety tips to keep in mind:
- Carry a flashlight
- Stay away from downed tree limbs and power lines
- Do not go into any neighborhood/streets where the power is out
- Parents or an adult should accompany small children going door to door
- Be mindful of traffic-always look in both directions when crossing streets
- Keep costumes short –to avoid getting caught in debris from trees or slippery wet leaves
- Wear bright colors or reflective clothing
What To Do If You See a Downed Power Line??? Call the Mayor’s Hot Line at (617) 635-4500 or Call 9-1-1
All down lines should be considered live and extremely dangerous. If you encounter or see one, steer clear and avoid at all costs. All downed power lines should be reported to the Mayor’s hotline at (617) 635-4500 or by calling 9-1-1.