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Saluting public servants

Exchange Club honors safety officials

Chief Daniel Charette of the Southbridge Police Department honored his Officer of the Year, Richard Reddick, along with the Exchange Club’s Karl Krantz and state representatives Todd Smola, R-Palmer, and Geraldo Alicea, D-Charlton. Christopher Tanguay. (click for larger version)
March 16, 2010
STURBRIDGE — Everyone feels underappreciated from time to time — but not everyone has to face loaded guns, raging fires or bringing a person on the brink of death back to life.

Public safety officials do have to deal with such situations on a regular basis, and more often than not, do so without much thanks.

The Tri-Community Exchange Club offered thanks to three area towns. It held its annual public safety awards and recognition event at the Oliver Wight Tavern at Old Sturbridge Village Monday, March 15, during which selected members of the police and fire departments of Sturbridge, Southbridge and Charlton were recognized for their contributions to their communities.

Associate Superior Court Justice John S. McGann called the men and women whose chosen profession it is to protect the total strangers of their cities and towns, "gatekeepers of safety for our communities," while addressing the nearly 100 people in attendance at the event.

State representatives Geraldo Alicea, D-Charlton, and Todd Smola, R-Palmer, were also on hand, presenting each award winner with an official citation for their efforts.

"There are very few professions out there where you make the commitment you do," Smola said. "We know the work you do is honorable."

See Wednesday's Southbridge Evening News for complete coverage of community news.

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