3 On B.C.P.D. Honored for Heroism, Service

Three Boston College Police Department members have been honored by the Massachusetts Association of College and University Public Safety Directors for outstanding service.

Lt. Margaret Connolly and officers Joseph Desmond and Joey Marano received their awards last month.

Connolly, an 18-year veteran, picked up her third MACUPSD award in as many years for her quick response to a report of an employee who had collapsed and stopped breathing. She administered mouth-to-mouth resuscitation until two other BCPD members arrived, and the employee was taken to a hospital where he was able to recover.

Marano, who joined the department five years ago, received his honor for helping rescue an elderly woman who had been involved in a car accident. Off-duty at the time, he climbed into the woman's overturned car and prevented her from being choked by the seatbelt that had slipped around her neck.

Desmond was commended for his service as president of the BCPD Association, the patrol officers' union. A six-year member, Desmond has drawn praise for cultivating positive relationships with the department and University administrations, and working during his own time off to fill gaps in details.

"I am proud of all the men and women who serve in this department, so it is especially gratifying when our members receive such an honor," said Boston College Police Chief Robert Morse, who noted that this was the sixth consecutive year that at least one BCPD officer was honored by the association. "Lt. Connolly, and officers Desmond and Marano represent what the Boston College Police Department is all about."

-Sean Smith

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