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Selectmen salute police, firefighters

Sturbridge commends efforts during two recent incidents

November 16, 2010
STURBRIDGE — Too seldom are public safety officials recognized for the daily contributions they make to their respective communities.

On Monday, Nov. 15, the Board of Selectmen praised members of Sturbridge's police and fire departments for their commitment to ensuring the safety of residents.

Early in the meeting, Selectmen Chairman Thomas Creamer read two letters he received from individuals who wished to commend Sturbridge public safety officials for exemplary efforts made in the last month.

The first letter was written by Southbridge Fire Chief Richard Ciesla to express his gratitude for the assistance members of the Sturbridge Fire Department provided his own department during the Sunday, Oct. 17 apartment fire at 7 Pearl St. in Southbridge.

In addition, Creamer read a letter acknowledging the Sturbridge Police Department's efforts to sustain community safety that was written by an individual wishing to remain anonymous. The letter focused mainly on Officer Earl Dessert, lauding his actions during an encounter with two young teenagers who had dangerously crossed in front of vehicles on Route 20 at night while wearing dark clothing.

The letter described Dessert as being neither intimidating nor imposing during his discussion with the teenagers, but instead highly professional and calm.

For more on this story, please tomorrow's Southbridge Evening News.

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