The Medal of Valor shall be the highest award that may be bestowed upon any member of this agency. It shall be awarded only in exceptional instances involving extremely hazardous circumstances in which a member has actually risked his or her life in the performance of duty. The acts or acts performed shall be of an extraordinary nature, beyond the call of duty, which exposed the member's life to extreme danger, or resulted in the member's death.
The Citation for Bravery shall be presented to a member of this agency who has performed an act of bravery which has been beyond the call of duty, where the member's physical safety has been perilously exposed to danger in order to save the life of another, or to perform an extraordinary and heroic police duty.
Sr. Officer Robert Arsenault – May 2000
On September 2, 1999, while off duty, Officer Arsenault entered a burning house to check for occupants and then retrieved a frightened child from an adjoining house. Officer Arsenault's alertness, quick response and bravery assured the safety of neighbors in West Hartford. His actions resulted in recognition by the West Hartford Police and Fire Departments including their thanks for his assistance in their investigation of the fire.
The Distinguished Service Citation shall be presented to a member of this agency who has rendered a service beyond the ordinary call of duty. It shall recognize those incidents where the member's diligence, perseverance, and timely judgment in the performance of a difficult task has resulted in the protection of life or property, the prevention of a major crime, the saving of a life or the apprehension of an armed and dangerous criminal.
Sr. Officer John Fabale – May 2000
On August 18, 1999 Officer Fabale's alertness, perseverance and timely judgment resulted in the apprehension of two suspects wanted for several armed robberies in the City of Hartford.
Officer Anthony Lombardi – February 2003
On August 6,2002, Off. Anthony Lombardi responded to assist a Hartford Police Officer responding to an apartment fire. When the fire spread to an adjacent building, Off. Lombardi assisted in alerting and evacuating residents and checking to be sure no one was left in the building. Officer Lombardi is to be recognized for his diligence and timely judgment in the performance of a difficult task resulting in the protection of life and property.
Officer Walter Lee – March 2004
On July 22, 2003, Officer Walter Lee identified and pursued a suspect wanted for his involvement in a violent carjacking in Manchester, CT that took place on the previous day. While on bike patrol, Officer Lee recognized the suspect from a description. Despite a radio malfunction, through quick thinking, Officer Lee contacted his dispatcher by cell phone to report his foot pursuit and capture of the suspect. For his diligence and perseverance in preventing the escape of a violent suspect and preventing two attempted carjacking of other vehicles while trying to escape, Officer Lee is awarded the Distinguished Service Citation.
The Police Officer of the Year Award will be awarded annually by the Chief of Police to the officer who embodies a high moral character and demonstrates exemplary performance in all areas of police work. More importantly, he/she strives to help the community in which he/she serves, grows and flourishes. This officer gives more of him/herself than asked, and often makes sacrifices to benefit the greater good, without expectation of acknowledgement.
Lieutenant Keith John Zengel – 2014
The Chief’s Letter of Commendation shall be presented to a member of this agency who, in the opinion of the committee, has rendered a commendable police or community service.
Sergeant John Devine - 2000
Sr. Officer Robert Bates - 2000
Sr. Officer Richard Kowaleski - 2000
Sr. Officer Paul Warren - 2000
Sergeant John Devine - 2001
Sr. Officer Robert Arsenault - 2001
Sr. Officer Pilar Marrero - 2001
Officer Anthony Lombardi - 2001
Officer Gregory Miller - 2001
Sr. Officer Robert Arsenault - 2002
Sr. Officer Robert Arsenault - 2003
Sr. Officer Kevin Long - 2003
Sergeant Paul Longo - 2003
Sr. Officer Robert Arsenault - 2003
Sr. Officer Robert Holmgren - 2003
Sr. Officer Paul Warren - 2003
Sr. Officer Robert Arsenault - 2004
Sr. Officer Kevin Long - 2004
Sr. Officer Tim Kasek - 2004
Officer Walter Lee - 2004
Lieutenant John Devine - 2006
Sergeant Walter Lee - 2006
Sergeant Paul Longo - 2006
Sr. Officer Mark Baldwin - 2006
Sr. Officer Robert Bates - 2006
Sr. Officer Robert Holmgren (2) - 2006
Sr. Officer Richard Segreto - 2006
Tracey Morin - 2006
Officer J.B. O'Reilly - 2009
Officer Curtis Sinatro - 2009
Sergeant Robert Bates - 2009
Corporal Timothy Boyle - 2010
Chief Walter Lee Jr. - 2014
Officer Michael Bermudez – 2014
The Department Unit Citation shall be presented to a member of this agency who, in the opinion of their fellow Officers and the committee, has rendered a service or performed a task beyond their expected duties.
Sergeant Glenn Kolat – 2006
Sr. Officer Robert Arsenault – 2006
Sr. Officer Mark Baldwin – 2006
Sr. Officer Robert Bates – 2006
Sr. Officer John Fabale – 2006
Sr. Officer Robert Holmgren – 2006
Sr. Officer Timothy Kasek – 2006
Sr. Officer Richard Kowaleski – 2006
Sr. Officer Kevin Long – 2006
Sr. Officer Pilar Marrero – 2006
Sr. Officer Richard Segreto – 2006
Officer Anthony Lombardi – 2006
Corporal Timothy Boyle – 2011
Officer Peter Lynch – 2011
Officer Stanley Masternak – 2014
The Departmental Letter of Appreciation shall be presented to a citizen or organization whose cooperation has materially aided the Department in the prevention of a crime, apprehension of criminals or who has unselfishly rendered an invaluable service to the Department.
Barbara Clifford – 1999
Sophie King – 2002
Sophie King – 2003
Carole Stambo – 2006
Theresa Kelly – 2006
Mohegan Sun – 2006
John Cyr – 2014
Michael Walbridge – 2014