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Two Lyndeborough police officers awarded medals

  • Lyndeborough police officers Zach Byam, Keith Hervieux and Michael Needham, from left, stand with Officer in Charge Rance Deware after the three officers received commendations on Wednesday.<br/>(Staff photo by Dave Anderson)

    Lyndeborough police officers Zach Byam, Keith Hervieux and Michael Needham, from left, stand with Officer in Charge Rance Deware after the three officers received commendations on Wednesday.
    (Staff photo by Dave Anderson)

  • Lyndeborough police awards and new officers<br/>(Staff photo by Dave Anderson)

    Lyndeborough police awards and new officers
    (Staff photo by Dave Anderson)

  • Lyndeborough police officers Zach Byam, Keith Hervieux and Michael Needham, from left, stand with Officer in Charge Rance Deware after the three officers received commendations on Wednesday.<br/>(Staff photo by Dave Anderson)
  • Lyndeborough police awards and new officers<br/>(Staff photo by Dave Anderson)

LYNDEBOROUGH – Two police officers have been given medals for their conduct on the job.

At Wednesday’s Select Board meeting, Lt. Rance Deware, officer in charge of the department, also presented medals to officers Michael Needham, Keith Hervieux and Zach Byam.

Needham, a part-time officer, received a medal of valor, awarded for his actions after responding to a domestic disturbance report from Cram Hill Road on July 5, 2011. The first officer on the scene, Needham found Noel St. Laurent lying face down on the ground, barely alive after being attacked with a hatchet. Needham was told that Glen Rodgers, a relative of St. Laurent’s wife, was the attacker and was inside a trailer on the property. Needham ordered Rodgers out of the camper at gunpoint, took him into custody, secured him in the police cruiser and provided first aid to St. Laurent, who died at the scene. The citation states that Needham’s actions led to a full confession being made later by Rodgers, who was eventually convicted of second-degree murder and sentenced to a minimum of 33 years in prison.

Hervieux received a meritorious service medal for his actions on April 16, 2011, after he had developed a lead that resulted in a stakeout at the Lyndeborough General Store that foiled a burglary in progress. The citation states that Hervieux was attacked with a pry bar when he attempted to arrest Gregory Winslow, and Hervieux used “the appropriate level of force” to restrain Winslow, who was eventually convicted of one count of felony reckless conduct and two counts of felony burglary.

Hervieux, who is a part-time officer, was also awarded a good conduct medal, after completing three years of service with no reprimands or disciplinary actions.

Byam, a full-time officer, received a meritorious service medal after making four felony-level arrests during a three-month period earlier this year. Two of the arrests were Class A felonies, one for possession of a controlled narcotic drug and one for receiving stolen property.

Dave Anderson can be reached at 924-7172, ext. 233 or danderson@ledgertranscript.com. He’s on Twitter at @DaveAndersonMLT.

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