Sunday, April 19, 2015

Windham Police Department honored at Sea Dogs double header - By Michelle Libby

Last Saturday, The Portland Sea Dogs held their season opener, a double header against the Reading Fightin Phils. The night was in honor of hometown heroes and the Windham Police Department was selected to be the honor guard for the night. Members (left to right) were Officer Eric Quatrano (guard), Officer Josh Katuzny (American flag), Det. Gene Gallant (Maine State flag), Sgt. Jason Andrews (Commander, rear of formation), Officer Matt Cyr (Windham PD unit flag), Officer Jason Burke (Law Enforcement Officer’s Memorial Flag), Det. Rob Hunt (guard) . 
In addition to the honor guard, three Windham Police officers were nominated as hometown heroes. Friend and family from the police department, including soon to be new police chief  Kevin Schofield and his family attended the game, in support of Rob Hunt, Matt Cyr and Paul Cox (who couldn’t be there.). The three honorees were recognized for their work on the case involving the threats to the school back in December. 

“It’s nice someone nominated us,” said Cry, who had never been to a baseball game before.
“It’s a nice feeling to be able to recognize the Windham Police Department in this manner. I was just one of the pieces to that cog,” Hunt said. He noted that between patrol, criminal investigations division, Maine Computer Crimes Task Force, the care was able to come to a swift and safe conclusion.
“I live in town. My kids are a part of the school. There’s a level of intimacy to it. There was an urge, need, a desire to get it solves so the kids could get back to school and get on with their education,” Hunt concluded. 

Other public safety officers were recognized at the game from Raymond Fire/Rescue Department (Nic Davis, Ben Fox, Hunter Holt) and Windham Fire Department (Mike Benecke, Dale Doughty, Steve Stackhouse). 
The Sea Dogs won the first game 4-2, but didn’t win the second of the double header. 

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