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May 21, 2003

CONTACT: Steve Tompkins
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Suffolk County Sheriff Andrea J. Cabral will join Governor Mitt Romney and Secretary of Public Safety Edward A. Flynn to honor Suffolk County Sheriff’s Department Officers Robert Call and William P. Peterson at the 6th Annual “Correction Officer of the Year” award ceremony Friday, May 23 in the State House.

“I would like to congratulate Officer Call and Officer Peterson. They acted with courage and heroism in difficult situations,” Sheriff Cabral said. “This is a great way to honor an underappreciated profession. Every day, the correction officers in our department make a true commitment to public safety. They not only ensure the safety of offenders in our custody, but they protect our communities overall.”

Officer Robert Call was nominated for his life-saving efforts when last summer he risked his own life to save the life of a suicidal woman attempting to leap off the Washington Street Bridge onto the Mass Turrnpike in Boston. Officer Call was off-duty at the time.

Officer Call has been a correction officer with the Suffolk County Sheriff’s Department for 12 years.

Officer William Peterson came to the rescue of an infant in Concord, NH, in December. While off-duty, he responded to a scene in a department store when he noticed an 18-month-old infant turning blue and unresponsive. Officer Peterson performed CPR on the baby until EMTs arrived at the scene. His action saved the baby’s life.

Officer Peterson has been a correction officer with the Department for nearly two years.

The two will join other correction officers from around the state who were also nominated for the awards. Award winners are determined by an individual’s response to an incident that involved personal risk or harm to other individuals where the officer displayed ability and professionalism during difficult circumstances.

The ceremony will be held 2 p.m. Friday, May 23 in the Great Hall on the second floor of the State House.

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