Three officers of the Lowell Police Department have been selected to receive prestigious awards.
Sergeant Stephen M. Morrill, who works as a patrol supervisor on the day-shift, has been selected by the Hanna Awards Committee, to receive the prestigious, “Trooper George L. Hanna” Award for Bravery. On August 14, 2010, Sergeant Morrill, while responding to a bank alarm at the Lowell Cooperative Bank on Hurd Street; took gunfire from the robbery suspect and while under fire, continued to track the suspect. The suspect later committed suicide prior to being apprehended by the police.
The award will be presented to Sergeant Morrill by Govenor Deval Patrick and Mary Elizabeth Heffernan, the state’s Secretary of Public Safety and Security. The ceremony will take place at the State House in Boston on November 18, 2011.
The “Trooper Hanna” award is the state’s highest award for valor given to law enforcement officers. Sergeant Morrill is the second Lowell officer to receive this most distinguished honor. Officer Howard Osborne, who currently works in the department’s Traffic Division, received this award in 1991 for his involvement in a robbery of the Demoulas’ grocery store on Wood Street.
Captain Jonathan “Jack” Webb and Detective Linda Coughlin, who are assigned to the department’s Criminal investigations Division; have been selected by the Massachusetts Police Association (MPA) to receive the association’s “Distinguished Service Medal.” Earlier this year, Captain Webb and Detective Coughlin were instrumental in solving a homicide “cold case” related to the murder of John J. McCabe in September of 1969. These officers will receive their awards at the Clarion Inn and Conference Center in West Springfield, MA on October 27, 2011.
All of us at the Lowell Police Department are very proud of these officers. Their actions are indicative of the dedication exhibited by each and every member of this department on a daily basis,” said Superintendent Ken Lavallee.