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Sunday, April 13, 2014

Contact: John Guilfoil
Phone: 781-791-7627

Burlington Police Officer Ryan Griffin Saves a Life and Helps Bring Another into the World in Back-to-Back Shifts
“Special Delivery” at the End of the Night Shift on Friday for Burlington Police

Police Chief Michael Kent is today praising the quick thinking and calmness showed by the Burlington Police Department K-9 unit and an unshakable dispatcher who have had a busier than usual week, working the overnight shift – including a patient in cardiac arrest on Thursday and a baby who was in a hurry to enter the world on Friday.

The midnight-8 a.m. shift is usually the quietest time to work as a police officer or dispatcher, but Officer Ryan Griffin, who does both jobs in the department, disproved the notion.

On Thursday, at about 7:45 a.m., Burlington Police received a 911 call from the Oracle building at 35 Network Drive. The caller was frantically reporting that a man in his 40s was down in the parking lot, unconscious and unresponsive. Officer Griffin, who was finishing a report at the station, got in his cruiser and rushed to the scene.

He navigated through the parking lot, ignoring an incorrectly placed sign that later directed a fire department rescue to the wrong building. When he arrived, the patient was not breathing and had no heartbeat, so Officer Griffin began cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) and continued for several minutes until the fire department and paramedics arrived. Medics shocked the man three times until he arrived at Lahey Hospital and Medical Center, with a heartbeat.

The patient survived, and, according to medical officials, will soon be returning to his wife and two children.

“Without a doubt, Officer Griffin saved this man’s life,” Chief Kent said. “Officer Griffin’s actions above and beyond the call of duty and calmness in the face of an extremely critical situation are nothing short of heroic.”

Then early Friday morning, Officer Griffin was in the dispatcher’s chair when the mother of an expectant mother called 911. They were on their way to Winchester Hospital, but it was clear that the baby was not going to wait until they got there.

Officer Griffin directed the women to Lahey, and alerted the hospital to the situation, knowing that while Lahey did not have a maternity ward; it was the closest emergency room.

Officer Griffin also directed Burlington Police K-9 Officer Joe Papsedero to the scene to assist. The mother arrived not a moment too soon, as the baby was already well on its way into the world. Officer Papsedero reassured the mother as Lahey ER staff rushed outside to help deliver a healthy baby in the hospital parking lot.

"As we do not offer maternity services, It's not often that we're presented with a mother that far along in labor in our parking lot. Thanks to our fast-acting ER staff, we were able to deliver the baby and care for the mother," said Malcolm A. Creighton, MD, Chair of the Emergency Medicine Department at Lahey Hospital & Medical Center.  "We are also tremendously grateful for the support of the Burlington Police Department, Burlington Fire Department and Burlington EMS who were on scene to offer their assistance.  It's wonderful knowing we have first responders like them ready to act at a moment's notice."

Mother and baby are said to be doing well. They were transferred from Lahey to a Boston hospital that offers maternity services.

“This baby was in a hurry to be born, and the mother clearly would not have made it to any other hospital in time. Officer Griffin’s quick-thinking may have prevented a dangerous situation. He directed the mother to safety, without a moment to spare, and Officer Papsedero arrived just as quickly to be with the mother and help her,” Chief Kent said. “Our residents should take these two emergencies to heart and be assured that the men and women of the Burlington Police Department will be there for you in your time of need, too.”

Chief Kent also wishes to commend Lieutenant Thomas Browne, the commanding officer of the midnight shift for his leadership during these incidents.

Havoc, the Burlington Police K-9 who is partnered with Officer Papsedero, stood by to offer moral support from the cruiser.

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                                                                           Massachusetts Police Accreditation Program

Chief Michael Kent is pleased to announce that a team of assessors from the Massachusetts Police Accreditation Commission is scheduled to arrive on March 25, 2014 at 9:00 am, to begin examining various aspects of the Burlington Police Department's polices and procedures, operations and facilities.

Verification by the Assessment Team that the Department meets the Commission's standards is part of a voluntary process to gain state Accreditation -- a self-initiated evaluation process by which police departments strive to meet and maintain standards that have been established for the profession, by the profession.

The Massachusetts Police Accreditation Program consists of 257 mandatory standards as well as 125 optional standards.  In order to achieve accreditation status, the Department must meet all applicable mandatory standards as well as 60% of the optional standards.

Achieving Accreditation is a highly prized recognition of law enforcement professional excellence.  Anyone interested in learning more about this program is invited to call Chief Kent or the Department's Accreditation Manager, Lieutenant Thomas Browne.

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Burlington Police Officers Complete Special DEA Drug Lab Training Program 

 BURLINGTON – Police Chief Michael Kent announces that two Burlington Police Officers have graduated from a special training course offered by the Drug Enforcement Administration designed to help police investigate and ultimately shut down illegal drug laboratories.
 The course, entitled “DEA Basic Clandestine Laboratory Certification School” is the most widely-recognized police-sponsored drug lab training course in the U.S., and it is offered to municipal police officers free of charge.
 “Secret drug labs are an unfortunate reality in this country, and police everywhere have to be ready to respond to such a crisis,” Chief Kent said. “While we are fortunate in Burlington not to encounter this situation regularly, we must be ready for anything. We are grateful that the DEA provides this advanced, hands-on level of training to police.”
 The training has a strong focus on safety. Clandestine drug labs present a tremendous danger for police officers and firefighters who respond to their locations. Because of the unique circumstances involved in investigating and raiding a clandestine drug lab, the DEA determined in 2000 that there was a need for hands-on, tactical training for municipal police. The training also included the use of air purifying respirators and self-contained breathing apparatus, which are vital in these kinds of situations.
 The course is also designed with a “train the trainers” aspect, allowing the attending Burlington officers to bring these valuable lessons home to teach other first responders.
 Burlington Police Officers Vito Costa and Sage Costa attended the course in Quantico, Va.
 The Clandestine Laboratory training program also furthers the Burlington Police Department's mission is providing high-level police response and investigative services on a regional level to other departments in the North Eastern Massachusetts Law Enforcement Council (NEMLEC) and throughout Middlesex County and Eastern Massachusetts. 

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Burlington Police Community Awareness Letter

The Burlington Police Department would like to warn citizens to be aware of two phone scams that have resurfaced in the area. The perpetrators use Internet and social media websites to research for potential targets.

The first is known as the “Grandparent Scam,” in which fraudsters are impersonating as a grandchild in distress and begging for cash. Typically a grandparent receives a phone call or an e-mail from a “grandchild.” If it is a phone call, it’s usually late at night or early in the morning when most people are not thinking clearly. Usually the person claims to be in a foreign country and has been arrested, involved in an accident or mugged and needs money as soon as possible. The caller does not want his parents notified. Sometimes, instead of the “grandchild” making the phone call, the criminal pretends to be an arresting officer, a lawyer, or a doctor from a hospital. The anxious grandparent is then instructed to send money via Western Union or Money Gram. Once the transfer is made, the grandparent often receives another call requesting more money. Wiring money is like sending cash. Once the money is gone, you can’t trace it or get it back. Financial losses in these cases can be substantial and usually cost the victim several thousand dollars.

If you receive a call where someone is contacting you for money, you should resist the pressure to act quickly and try to contact the grandchild or another family member to determine whether or not the call is legitimate. Never wire money based on a request over the phone or in an e-mail.

The second scam is known as the “IRS Scam,” in which a person, including recent immigrants, receives a call from a person claiming to be from the IRS. The caller tells the victim they owe taxes and must pay using a pre-paid debit card or wire transfer. The scammers threaten those who refuse to pay with arrest, deportation or loss of a business or driver’s license. The caller may know the last four digits of the victim’s social security number and make caller ID appear as if the IRS is calling. Often, a second call is made claiming to be the police, and caller ID again supports their claim.  If the caller claims to be a Burlington Police Officer, ask for their last name and call 781-272-1212 to verify the authenticity of the call.

The IRS usually contacts people by mail-not by phone-about unpaid taxes and the IRS won’t ask for payment using a pre-paid debit card or wire transfer. The agency won’t ask for a credit card number over the phone. If you get a call from someone claiming to be with the IRS, hang up and call the IRS at 1-800-829-1040. IRS workers can help you with payment questions. The IRS will never request personal or financial information by e-mail, texting or any social media.

The Burlington Police recommend that you never give a caller personal information, including your bank account, credit card, social security or driver’s license number. Western Union transfer forms specifically warn senders not to send money for an unconfirmed emergency related to a grandchild or other family member. Money Gram also has a fraud warning on transfer forms and says it can put holds on transfers that raise red flags. Additionally, limit your personal information, such as vacation plans, on shared and social media sites.

If you believe you may be a potential victim or have been victimized, call the Burlington Police at 781-272-1212. To report an online crime visit:

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Burlington Police Seek Help in Identifying Medallion from 1975 Cold Case:

Burlington Police recently sought assistance from The Poughkeepsie Journal, in Poughkeepsie, NY in order to identify a Medallion found  in 1975 Homicide Case. This case has yet to be solved and are seeking any assistance in identifying the medallion.

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If you have any information please contact Lt. Glen Mills via phone: 781-272-1212  address: Burlington Police Department Attn: Lt. Glen Mills 45 Center St. Burlington, MA 01803 or Fax: 781-270-1920.

You can view the article online: The Poughkeepsie Journal

You can view the Press Release: Unsolved 1975 Homicide