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Warwick Police Honor Six With Lifesaving Award, Promote Eight

[CREDIT: Rob Borkowski] Officer Jill Marshall holds her son, Jesse, 4, as the crowd applauds her actions and those of Sgt. Margaret McKay in responding to the March stabbing attack of a Rite Aid employee.
[CREDIT: Rob Borkowski] Officer Jill Marshall holds her son, Jesse, 4, as the crowd applauds her actions and those of Sgt. Margaret McKay in responding to the March stabbing attack of a Rite Aid employee.
[CREDIT: Rob Borkowski] Warwick Police Chief Stephen McCartney congratulates the members of the Warwick Police SWAT team one by one during the March 25 WPD awards ceremony.
[CREDIT: Rob Borkowski] Warwick Police Chief Stephen McCartney congratulates the members of the Warwick Police SWAT team one by one during the March 25 WPD awards ceremony.
WARWICK, RI — Warwick Police promoted eight officers Tuesday night at City Hall and presented the lifesaving award to six, including two good samaritans who helped save the life of a Warwick Rite Aid employee stabbed in a random attack, the police who responded to the call, and an officer who saved a motorist from a drug overdose.

Mayor Scott Avedisian, Col. Stephen M. McCartney and the Board of Public Safety presided over the police promotional ceremony.

Maj. Christopher Stewart described the actions of Officer Manuel Pacheco, honored for professionalism displayed Wednesday, March 8, at about 4:35 p.m. Pacheco had been called for a crash on Palmer Avenue, finding a driver involved in the crash slumped over the steering wheel, was not breathing, and had no pulse. Pacheco noted the man’s  skin was blue and bore marks indicating he was an intravenous drug user as he removed the driver form the vehicle and administered CPR. While doing so, he directed a fellow officer to retrieve his Narcan kit to administer the overdose drug to the driver, reviving him as Pacheco continued CPR.

“Officer Pacheco’s courage, determination and professionalism are in keeping with the long-standing tradition of the Warwick Police Department,” Stewart said.

[CREDIT: Rob Borkowski] The room stands to applaud the actions of Connor Devine, 19 of Warwick, a Rite Aid employees, and Stanley Bastien, 51, of Warwick, who restrained Gallant until Warwick officers arrived and arrested him March 5 after he stabbed Rite Aid clerk Alyssa Garcia, 18, of Warwick.
[CREDIT: Rob Borkowski] The room stands to applaud the actions of Connor Devine, 19 of Warwick, a Rite Aid employees, and Stanley Bastien, 51, of Warwick standing at left, who restrained Gallant until Warwick officers arrived and arrested him March 5 after he stabbed Rite Aid clerk Alyssa Garcia, 18, of Warwick.
The Warwick Police Department also noted the actions of Officer Jill Marshall and Sgt. Margaret McKay, who responded to the March 5 stabbing of Rite Aid clerk Alyssa Garcia, 18, by Jacob Gallant, 41, of Westport, MA.

“Officer Marshal arrived on the scene and encountered a female employee (Garcia) writhing on the floor, bleeding. Nearby, a male store patron was restraining the attacker,” Stewart said. After ensuring Gallant was restrained, Marshal began treating Garcia’s wounds.

Sgt. McKay directed the other responding officers to restore order to the scene, and take the attacker into police custody. McKay then aided Marshal in treating Garcia, applying pressure to her wounds.

“Acting without regard to their own safety, Officer Marshal and Sgt. McKay’s application of medical aid helped to save the victim’s life,” Stewart said.

[CREDIT: Rob Borkowski] The Warwick Police SWAT team, honored for their August first place trophy in the Connecticut SWAT Challenge (CSC 2016).
[CREDIT: Rob Borkowski] The Warwick Police SWAT team, honored for their August first place trophy in the Connecticut SWAT Challenge (CSC 2016). From left: Off. Kevin McGuire, Off. Quentin Tavares, Off. Jacob Elderkin, Off. Geoffrey Waldman, Off. Daniel Maggiacomo, Off. Robert King, Off. Dale Drowne, Sgt. Daniel Dimaio, Sgt. Joel Thomas, and Lt. Timothy Marshall.
Warwick Police also honored the two men who intervened and restrained Gallant that night, preventing further injury to Garcia. Connor Devine, 19 of Warwick one of Garcia’s fellow employees, and Stanley Bastien, 51, of Warwick, restrained Gallant until the Warwick officers arrived and arrested him.

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Devine was not present at the ceremony, but Bastien was asked to stand before the crowd as Stewart detailed his  and Devine’s actions that night.

“Witnessing the attack begin, another employee, Connor Devine, stepped in, and fought with everything he had,” Stewart said, including a shopping cart, to knock Gallant off of Garcia and stop the attack.

Bastien saw what was happening, “And ran to the aid of Mr. Devine. He was able to overtake the armed suspect, bringing him to the ground, and restraining him there until police brought the attacker into custody.”

The store pharmacist helped restore order to the situation, Stewart said, helping to alert fire and police personnel to the situation, then retrieved medical supplies to help provide aid to Garcia.

“The heroic and selfless actions of these men,” Stewart said, “are to be commended and shown as an example of what we should all aspire to during a crisis.”

Also during the ceremony:

Bradford E. Connor was promoted to Major.

Ryan T. Sornberger and Lori A. Michailides were promoted to Captain.

Michael G. Lima, Timothy J. Marshall, James P. Valkoun were promoted to Lieutenant.

Randy J. Francis and Stephen J. Major were promoted to Sergeant.

Detective Christopher R. Lo was recognized for elevation.

[CREDIT: Rob Borkowski] Maj. Brad Connor, recently promoted, was honored for achieving the rank on Tuesday.
[CREDIT: Rob Borkowski] Maj. Brad Connor, recently promoted, was honored for achieving the rank on Tuesday.
[CREDIT: Rob Borkowski] Maj. Brad Connor's wife pins his new rank on his shirt April 25.
[CREDIT: Rob Borkowski] Maj. Brad Connor’s wife, Carla Cavanaugh,  pins his new rank on his shirt April 25.

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[CREDIT: Rob Borkowski] Ryan T. Sornberger was promoted to Captain April 25.
[CREDIT: Rob Borkowski] Ryan T. Sornberger's girlfriend, Jessica Andreas, pins his new rank on as their daughter, Marin, 16 months, watches. The couple are expecting another child, a boy, in September.
[CREDIT: Rob Borkowski] Ryan T. Sornberger’s girlfriend, Jessica Andreas, pins his new rank on with a kiss as their daughter, Marin, 16 months, watches. The couple are expecting another child, a boy, in September.
[CREDIT: Rob Borkowski] Lori A. Michailides was promoted to the rank of Captain April 25.
[CREDIT: Rob Borkowski] Lori A. Michailides was promoted to the rank of Captain April 25.
 [CREDIT: Rob Borkowski] Sgt. James Michailides pins the new rank on the uniform of his wife, newly promoted Captain Lori A. Michailides.
[CREDIT: Rob Borkowski] Sgt. James Michailides pins the new rank on the uniform of his wife, newly promoted Captain Lori A. Michailides.
[CREDIT: Rob Borkowski] Michael G. Lima was promoted to Lieutenant April 25.
[CREDIT: Rob Borkowski] Michael G. Lima was promoted to Lieutenant April 25.

[CREDIT: Rob Borkowski] Timothy Marshall was promoted to Lieutenant.
[CREDIT: Rob Borkowski] Timothy Marshall was promoted to Lieutenant.
[CREDIT: Rob Borkowski] Officer Julie Marshall pins new Lieutenant rank on her husband, Timothy Marshall.
[CREDIT: Rob Borkowski] Officer Jill Marshall pins new Lieutenant rank on her husband, Timothy Marshall as their children, Jesse, 4, Grace, 10, and Adelia, 8,  watch.
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[CREDIT: Rob Borkowski]  James P. Valkoun was promoted to the rank of Lieutenant April 25. His girlfriend, Rhonda Reeder, pinned the new rank on his uniform.
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[CREDIT: Rob Borkowski] Randy Francis was promoted to the rank of Sergeant.

Randy Francis gets a hug from Andrew Francis as his dad, Michael Francis, watches. Randy’s other chlldren Ava and Emmett are not pictured here.

[CREDIT: Rob Borkowski] Steven Major was promoted to the rank of Sergeant.
[CREDIT: Rob Borkowski] Steven Major was promoted to the rank of Sergeant.
[CREDIT: Rob Borkowski] Steven Major, promoted to the rank of Sergeant, exchanges a brief kiss with his girlfriend, Jessica Bejma.
[CREDIT: Rob Borkowski] Steven Major, promoted to the rank of Sergeant, exchanges a brief kiss with his girlfriend, Jessica Bejma.
 [CREDIT: Rob Borkowski] Det. Chris Lo was promoted to Lt. April 25.
[CREDIT: Rob Borkowski] Det. Chris Lo was promoted to Lt. April 25.

Rob Borkowski
Author: Rob Borkowski

Rob has worked as reporter and editor for several publications, including The Kent County Daily Times and Coventry Courier, before working for Gatehouse in MA then moving home with Patch Media. Now he's publisher and editor of WarwickPost.com. Contact him at editor@warwickpost.com with tips, press releases, advertising inquiries, and concerns.

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