Mass. honors 28 officers, SWAT team for bravery

Posted: 10/23/12 at 3:20 pm EDT      Last Updated: 10/23/12 at 5:14 pm EDT

BOSTON (AP) -- A Boston officer shot in the leg while responding to a domestic violence call was among 28 police honored at the state's annual awards ceremony for law enforcement officers.

Boston Police officers Shawn Marando, Charbel Kamel and Timothy Denio encountered what police described as an agitated man and two frightened women after they responded to the call in the city's Dorchester neighborhood on June 14, 2011.

Police said that when the three officers told the man they were going to search him for weapons, he spun around and began firing, hitting Marando in the leg. Police returned fire striking the suspect, identified as then 25-year-old Tyrone Cummings.

Police said they later recovered firearms, ammunition and crack cocaine following the shooting.

Among the others honored Tuesday at the annual awards ceremony was the Boston Police Special Weapons And Tactics Team. The team helped rescue two residents of an apartment as a man fired on police from the same building on Aug. 10, 2011.

More than a dozen district police officers involved in the same incident were also given the bravery award named after Massachusetts State Trooper George L. Hanna, who was gunned down during a traffic stop in Auburn in 1983.

Police from other communities, including Pepperell, Woburn and Springfield were also given awards.

Gov. Deval Patrick said those honored at the annual ceremony have demonstrated a wide range of heroic actions.

"Every day, in countless ways, we are reminded of the crucial role police officers play in keeping our neighborhoods safe," Patrick said. "We never can forget the dangers they face, the sacrifices they and their families make, and the debt we owe to them."

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