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Several face charges after fight at party


Police officer is seriously injured



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A Sturbridge police officer was injured early Saturday morning when police were called — for the second time in two years — to deal with fight at a loud party at 57 Allen Road. Kevin Flanders. (click for larger version)
January 04, 2011
STURBRIDGE — More than a dozen people were scheduled to face a judge at Dudley District Court Wednesday following an altercation during a New Year’s Eve party in which a Sturbridge police officer was seriously hurt.

Officer Daniel Hemingway suffered serious injuries while attempting to break up the fight at about 3 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 1.

"His injuries are very serious and he will probably be out for at least a few weeks, if not months," said Police Chief Thomas Ford III.

According to Sgt. Jeffrey Lavallee, police units were sent to 57 Allen Road just before 3 a.m. after neighbors complained about excessive noise at that address.

When Hemingway and Officer Joseph Lombardi arrived, they saw four men fighting and several individuals trying to leave. As the officers intervened, Gideon Docimo, 21, of 12 Richardson Road in West Brookfield, allegedly assaulted Hemingway.

The injured officer was rushed to Harrington Hospital in Southbridge, and then transferred to the UMass Memorial Medical Center in Worcester, where he was treated for multiple bruises and broken facial bones. It is still unclear how long he will remain out of work as a result of his injuries.

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

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