The Massachusetts Association of Campus Law Enforcement Administrators (MACLEA) announced that 14 campus police officers and administrators were honored recently for extraordinary, lifesaving and heroic work.
The annual awards ceremony was cancelled last year due to the COVID-19 pandemic, so the recent ceremony recognized exemplary work from both 2020 and 2021.
“I would like to thank and congratulate not only our 14 incredible award winners today, but also all of the officers, dispatchers, emergency management staff and support staff whose dedication and hard work helped campuses across the Commonwealth safely navigate two years that were anything but normal,” said MACLEA President Capt. Andrew Turco, of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology Police Department. “Campus police officers, administrators and support staff have all done our profession proud with two years worth of professionalism and commitment to the institutions they serve.”
Awards were presented to the following local campus police officers:
Exemplary Service Award — Sgt. Mark Randall, North Shore Community College Police
On Sept. 7, 2021, Sgt. Mark Randall responded to assist an elderly faculty member who was lost in a densely wooded area near campus. Sgt. Randall contacted the victim by cellphone to keep her calm, and located the faculty member after a diligent search. Sgt. Randall then carried the faculty member over overgrown terrain since she was exhausted and dehydrated. Once out of the woods, Sgt. Randall provided basic first aid.
Lifesaving Award — Officer Sean Gannon and Sgt. Jeremy Cole, Endicott College Police
On April 23, 2021, Officer Sean Gannon and Sgt. Jeremy Cole responded to a report of a person not breathing on a softball field on campus. Officer Gannon and Sgt. Cole located the patient and used two-person CPR, including the use of oxygen and an automatic external defibrillator until the patient resumed breathing. The quick and professional response of Officer Gannon and Sgt. Cole likely saved the patient’s life.