Easton Police Awards Ceremony Honors Six

In recognition of the second day of National Police Week, the Easton Police Department held an awards ceremony to honor three police officers, two dispatchers and one civilian for their exemplary actions involving two different incidents. The ceremony was held on Monday, May 10.

“It’s important to recognize those who have stepped up and taken extra measures to help fellow citizens, especially those who are in jeopardy,” said Police Chief Richard Doyle, “and I’m proud of both law enforcement and civilians who show selflessness and humanity in challenging circumstances, as these six individuals did last year,” he added.

Dispatchers Tara Candee and Andrew Tisdale were issued a Chief’s Letter of Recognition for their actions and professionalism. On November 24, 2020 at 5 p.m., the Easton Police Department began receiving numerous 911 calls reporting a serious motor vehicle accident on Rt. 59 and Judd Road. Both dispatchers were responsible for alerting numerous Easton Police, Fire and EMS personnel, as well as handling mutual aid requests from nearby communities. They performed in a very calm, professional, and efficient manner.

In response to the same incident, Sergeant Arthur Belile and Police Officer Donald Kinahan were issued a Unit Citation for their life-saving attempts under exceedingly difficult conditions. There were three cars involved in the accident and motorists were trapped in two different vehicles. Belile and Kinahan removed one operator and performed emergency first aid in an attempt to save a life.

PoliceChief Rich Doyle presents a Civilian Award to Erik Willinger of Newtown.
PoliceChief Rich Doyle presents a Civilian Award to Erik Willinger of Newtown.

A Civilian Award was also issued to Eric Willinger, a Newtown resident. Willinger passed the scene moments after the accident. He exited his vehicle and began life saving measures to an individual who had suffered serious injuries. Willinger continued to assist the Easton Police Officers when they arrived on the scene. He was recognized for his selfless actions under dangerous conditions.

An Award of Merit was issued to Police Officer Anthony Telesco. On December 18, 2020, Telesco was on patrol in the area of Helen Keller Middle School. A citizen alerted him that his dog was immersed the partially frozen pond in front of the school. Telesco immediately called the Easton Fire Department for assistance. Prior to their arrival the citizen unsuccessfully attempted to rescue his dog. He was engulfed in the icy water and began to show signs of distress. Telesco entered the water up to his chest. Ultimately, with the assistance of the Easton Fire Department the citizen and his dog were rescued from the pond.

The Easton Police Department is located at 700 Morehouse Road, Easton, CT 06612, 203-268-4111, EastonCT.gov.