CT State Police Prsent DTS CEO with Commissioner's Award
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
From STATE OF CONNECTICUT, Department of Emergency Services & Public Protection Connecticut State Police, Public Information Office
DATE - November 10, 2015
CENTRAL DISTRICT STATE POLICE TROOPERS, CIVILIANS
RECEIVE SERVICE AWARDS
State Police Troopers from the center of the state received awards for service during a ceremony November 10, 2015, held at the State Police Training Academy in Meriden.
The Connecticut State Police honors Troopers who demonstrate exceptional service in the line of duty. The ceremony also honors men and women serving in local and federal law enforcement agencies, those serving as first responders, and civilians.
Award winners received medals and certificates from Commissioner Dora B. Schriro and State Police Colonel Brian Meraviglia. Governor Dannel Malloy and Lt. Governor Nancy Wyman also attended and addressed the recipients.
Awards were presented in various categories, mostly to local and state police, and a few civilians, including the Commissioner's Recognition Awards, which was presented to DTS CEO, Christine Mansfield and two fellow bystanders. The Commissioner’s Recognition Award is presented by the agency commissioner to a person who has been instrumental in helping the State Police accomplish their job of public safety for all. This is generally presented to civilians (non-law enforcement).
From the Police Commendation:
On November 19, 2014, Troop F received a report of a two-car motor vehicle collision that occurred in Durham. A car driven by a female operator was traveling west on Route 68 when it struck a car driven by another female who was turning left on Route 157. After impact, the first vehicle caught fire.
Christine Mansfield witnessed the crash and quickly led the first operator from her car before noticing the second operator was not moving in her car. Christine Mansfield observed that the second operator could not remove her seatbelt. Christine Mansfield hoisted the female operator out of the vehicle while the other vehicle continued to burn. Matt Laskarzewski and Lorraine Renner ran to help, carrying the operator across the street, away from the flames. They covered the victim with blankets while awaiting EMS and while Christine Mansfield directed traffic away from the accident. Both drivers were taken to a local hospital for treatment of injuries.
The quick response of these three brave civilians saved two lives that day. Their actions earned each of them the Commissioner’s Recognition Award.