Today, I had the honor, along with Governor Patrick and Lt. Governor Murray, of presiding over the 27th Annual Hanna Awards. The Hanna Award Ceremony is an annual event, named after Massachusetts State Trooper George L. Hanna Jr., who was tragically killed in the line of duty on February 26, 1983.
This year, we were able to recognize the acts of bravery and selflessness of 32 local police officers and five state troopers involved in 10 separate incidents comprising a range of heroic actions, including apprehending armed suspects, pulling a distraught man off a building ledge, entering a building to serve an arrest warrant while taking fire from an accused drug dealer, and rescuing a young girl who was being held against her will by the man who had just murdered her mother.
At the event, I was able to observe the honorees and their family members, friends and colleagues gathered in the House Chamber of the State House. It served as a great reminder to me, of the importance of taking a moment daily to reflect on and recognize the contributions and sacrifices our state, local and federal law enforcement officers make on our behalf each and every day.