Great Barrington Police Officers Jonathan Finnerty, Jason LaForest and Stockbridge Police Officer Donald Hopkins.
GREAT BARRINGTON, Mass. — The Police Department on Tuesday recognized several officers and other first responders for their bravery and commitment to public safety.
In February, Police Officers Jonathan Finnerty and Jason LaForest, along with Stockbridge Police Officer Donald Hopkins, responded to a domestic incident in which the alleged aggressor was intoxicated and threatening violence against the officers.
Following a 40-minute effort to get the suspect to come down from a perch where he had positioned himself, armed with an ax that he later threw at them, the officers were able to successfully take him into custody without further incident. As a result of their efforts, all three were awarded the Great Barrington Police Department's Medal of Valor
Also honored at the ceremony were Sgt. Adam Carlotto, Officer Samuel Stolzar, Massachusetts State Trooper Brian Clay and firefighter Richard Aloisi, who all risked their own safety last December by entering a burning home multiple times in an effort to rescue a resident who was trapped inside.
For their work, the Great Barrington officers and state trooper were awarded the department's Medal of Valor, while Aloisi was awarded the department's Letter of Appreciation.
"Each of these individuals earned these honors by going above and beyond the call of duty and put their lives on while helping to protect the lives of members of the public," Police Chief William Walsh said. "They all displayed tremendous courage and commitment to protecting their community, and I am proud of them all."
Recently retired Reserve Officer Richard Congdon was also recognized for his 18 years of service to the town.
"Officer Congdon was a valuable member of the department and an incredibly competent officer who will be missed," Walsh said.
The Great Barrington Police Department also awarded three citizens with Certificates of Appreciation for their support of the department:
Jane Aredale, president and CEO of Aredale Minerals and Cosmetics
Southern Berkshire Emergency Medical Services and its president, James Santos
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