*Night Update* Bristol, Plymouth, Norfolk County Police and Fire Chiefs Provide Update on Today’s Nor’easter

For Immediate Release
Tuesday, March 13, 2018

Contact: Benjamin Paulin
Phone: 781-428-3299
Email: ben@jgpr.net

*Joint Release*

Bristol, Plymouth Norfolk County Police and Fire Chiefs Provide Update on Today’s Nor’easter

Police and fire chiefs from Attleboro, Bridgewater, Canton, East Bridgewater, Easton, Holbrook, Randolph, Raynham, Taunton and Whitman would like to provide residents with an evening update on where the communities stand regarding today’s storm since the update from this afternoon.

Please note that some communities have opened up warming shelters.

Snow has steadily been falling throughout the day and the blizzard warning issued by the National Weather Service was scheduled to end at 8 p.m. Snowfall is expected to be done in the region between midnight and 2 a.m. Wednesday.

As of 8 p.m., there were about 191,000 residents in the state without power, according to the Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency (MEMA) outage map.

Now that it is dark, residents are still urged to stay off the roads as some areas are experiencing near-whiteout conditions.

Anyone who has an emergency should call 911.

ATTLEBORO

Fire Chief Scott. T. Lachance reports that there were about 2,000 residents without power as of 7 p.m. National Grid crews were in the city working to restore electricity.

A warming station will is open at the South Attleboro fire station, 1476 South Ave. Use the shelter to charge cell phones and electronic devices and to stay warm if you are without power. Anyone with questions about the warming station can call the Attleboro Fire Department at 508-222-2325.

While there have been multiple trees and wires down, almost all roads in Attleboro are currently open.

BRIDGEWATER

Police Chief Christopher Delmonte reports that the police department responded to approximately 50 storm-related calls beginning at 8 a.m. today. The fire department also responded to a similar number of calls.

As of 7:30 p.m. there were 687 residents without power. At the height of the storm the town had over 3,000 outages.

CANTON

Fire Chief Charles Doody reports that Canton had about 25 power outages as of 7:30 p.m.

In total, the fire department responded to 10 calls for service throughout the day.

EAST BRIDGEWATER

Police Chief Scott Allen and Fire Chief Timothy Harhen report that the police and fire departments responded to nearly 60 calls for service in relation to the storm beginning at 7:30 a.m. today.

Most of the calls were for road hazards, such as fallen trees and wires. The fire department provided mutual aid to West Bridgewater for a structure fire this afternoon and went to another call for burned food.

National Grid was in town actively working to restore about 618 outages as of 7:30 p.m.

Residents needing shelter for the night can go to a Red Cross regional shelter at the First Congregational Church at 254 Main St. in Plympton or the Plymouth North High School at 41 Obery St. in Plymouth.

While all roads are currently open and passable in town, residents are warned to use extreme caution and only drive if it is absolutely necessary.

EASTON

Fire Chief Kevin Partridge and Police Chief Gary Sullivan report that progress is being made in trying to get the number of power outages in Easton down. As of 5:40 p.m. there were about 1,900 residents without power. By 7:30 p.m that number was down to 866. National Grid has more than a dozen crews working in town.

The warming center at the Richardson-Olmsted Elementary School, 101 Lothrop St., will be open until 10 p.m. tonight. For details about the warming center or if you are in need of assistance, call the Easton Fire Department at 508-230-3311.

There were still a dozen streets in town that were closed because of road hazards as of 7:30 p.m.

HOLBROOK

Police Chief William Smith reports that Holbrook had three car crashes throughout the day — two where drivers collided with plow trucks and another where a driver struck a utility pole. None of the crashes resulted in serious injury.

As of 7:30 p.m. there were about 35 residents without power, according the MEMA outage map.

RANDOLPH

Police Chief William Pace reports as of 7:30 p.m. only about 160 residents in town did not have electricity. Crews were working to make repairs.

Most of the calls for service that the police department responded to were for fallen trees and downed wires.

RAYNHAM

Police Chief James Donovan reports that the police department responded to three crashes throughout the day, including one where a driver collided with a plow truck on Route 138. None of the crashes resulted in serious injury.

Chief Donovan says that if residents must drive, they should be aware that the road surfaces are inconsistent and uneven and to use caution. He also warns that wind and snow drifts have cause some stop signs and traffic lights to be covered with snow.

Fire Chief James Januse reports that Raynham still has a small amount of scattered power outages throughout town. There are four roads in Raynham that are currently blocked with fallen trees and wires.

In total, the police department responded to 58 calls for service and the fire department went to 26 calls as of 7:30 p.m.

TAUNTON

Fire Chief Timothy Bradshaw reports that the fire department spent most of the day responding to downed trees and wires. There were also multiple crashes and a number of medical calls, some related to shoveling and snow blowing.

There are still areas without power in the city, but all issues were being addressed in a timely manner.

The fire department is currently staffing six engines and two ladders with a total of 30 firefighters tonight, which is about eight more than are on-duty than on a typical day.

WHITMAN

Fire Chief Timothy Grenno reports that the Whitman Fire Department dealt with a variety of issues throughout the day including multiple fallen utility poles, trees that fell on cars and trees blocking roads.

As of 7:30 p.m. there was about 1 percent of the town without power.

A warming center will be opening up at the Whitman-Hanson Regional High School at 9 a.m. for residents who need to utilize it.

Chief Grenno asks that residents shovel out fire hydrants that are near homes, which will help in the event of a fire.

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Randolph Police Department Advises Residents Ahead of Third Nor’easter

Randolph Police Department
William Pace, Police Chief
41 South Main St.
Randolph, MA 02368

For Immediate Release

Monday, March 12, 2018

Contact: Benjamin Paulin
Phone: 781-428-3299
Email: ben@jgpr.net

Randolph Police Department Advises Residents Ahead of Third Nor’easter

RANDOLPH — After handling the first two nor’easters that hit the region in recent weeks, Chief William Pace is advising Randolph residents to prepare for yet another winter storm.

The National Weather Service has issued a hazardous weather outlook and winter storm warning for Norfolk, Plymouth and Bristol counties, noting the potential for blizzard-like conditions and heavy snowfall beginning Monday night and continuing throughout the day Tuesday.

Randolph could see between 13 and 23 inches of snow, according to the National Weather Service. Temperatures during the storm are expected to be between 33 and 28 degrees. Wind gusts could reach speeds of up to 46 mph.

“With the significant amount of snow that is expected, we ask our residents to plan accordingly for any potential power outages to homes and businesses,” Chief Pace said. “If it is safe to do so, please check on your elderly and disabled neighbors who may need assistance before, during and after the storm.”

BEFORE THE STORM

  • Residents should be prepared for power outages and stock up on batteries for flashlights or battery powered lanterns. If using candles, keep them away from anything flammable and never leave them unattended.
  • Keep cell phones, laptops and tablets charged as much as possible. Consider an external battery for your devices.
  • Neighbors should talk with one another and set up plans to assist those who may be at risk and/or in need of help.

DURING THE STORM

  • Stay off the roads and stay indoors, if possible. Give plow and sand/salt trucks the space they need to operate.
  • If your power goes out during the storm, contact National Grid at 800-465-1212 to report an outage.
  • To report a gas leak, call 911. Residents can also contact Columbia Gas at 800-525-8222 for gas-related issues.
  • Follow the Randolph Fire Department on their  Facebook page and  Twitter account updates during and after the storm. The police and fire stations will be open throughout the storm. If you have an emergency, call 911.

AFTER THE STORM

  • Clear snow from any gas vents attached to your home.
  • Assist the fire department by shoveling out any hydrants near your home.
  • Do not go near or drive over any downed power lines.
  • Check your property for any trees that could be in danger of falling near your home or vehicles.
  • As the snow begins to melt, clear any debris from storm drains near your home to allow water to drain.
  • Do not pump water from sump pumps into the road. The water can freeze and cause hazardous conditions if the temperature dips.

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Randolph Police and Fire Teach First Responders Course at Randolph High School

Randolph Police Department
William Pace, Police Chief
41 South Main St.
Randolph, MA 02368

For Immediate Release

Friday, Jan. 19, 2018

Contact: Benjamin Paulin
Phone: 781-428-3299
Email: ben@jgpr.net

Randolph Police and Fire Teach First Responders Course at Randolph High School

RANDOLPH — Police Chief William Pace and Fire Chief Richard F. Donovan are pleased to announce that the police and fire departments are in their fifth year of conducting their First Responders course at Randolph High School. 

Led by police detective Kristen Gagnon and fire lieutenants Joseph Messia and Michael Austrino, the course is offered to Randolph High School juniors and seniors who are interested in pursuing careers in law enforcement, fire services, healthcare or emergency services.

Designed to allow the students to learn and gain hands-on experience in these fields, the the year-long course focuses on topics such as fire science, fire safety, emergency medical services, policing and law.

The 15 student class is selected through an interview process at the beginning of the school year and students are selected based on interest, attendance and character.

“We take a lot of pride in the way we conduct this course,” Detective Gagnon said. “Lt. Messia, Lt. Austrino and I try to make the class as hands-on as possible and give students a realistic view of the industry while also helping and encouraging them to pursue whatever area they’re passionate about.”

The police portion of the course teaches students about motor vehicle laws, Miranda rights, constitutional laws, hate crimes, abuse and more.

The firefighting section of the course teaches students the science behind fire and its behavior, firefighter gear, engine company operations, vehicle extrication, search and rescue and the process of becoming a firefighter.

Students are also taught about EMS topics that include, first aid, proper protective equipment, poisoning and overdose, psychological emergencies and suicide prevention. Additionally, all students leave the course CPR certified.

The program includes a local jail tour and students participate in an interactive experience with MILO Range Theater System. The MILO system provides a fully immersive training environment where students are put in situations where they will need to make quick decisions.

Firefighting activities include putting out small fires, practicing responding to calls and learning how extrication tools work.

In the coming weeks, the students will visit elementary schools to talk to the children about CPR and what to do if someone is choking.

At the end of the program, the students will participate in a car crash simulation. The simulation allows students to practice skills they learned throughout the year in the First Responders course.

For more information about the course, contact the Randolph High School at 781-961-6220.

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Randolph Police Identify Driver Who Died in Motor Vehicle Crash

Randolph Police Department
William Pace, Police Chief
41 South Main St.
Randolph, MA 02368

For Immediate Release

Thursday, Jan. 18, 2018

Contact: Benjamin Paulin
Phone: 781-428-3299
Email: ben@jgpr.net

Randolph Police Identify Driver Who Died in Motor Vehicle Crash

RANDOLPH —  The Randolph Police Department is releasing the name of the man  killed in yesterday’s fatal crash.

MICHAEL BERG, AGE 37, OF HOLBROOK died after colliding head-on with a vehicle on Union Street in Randolph Wednesday afternoon.

BERG, who was a suspect in an armed robbery at a Randolph convenience store, was fleeing from police when he crashed.

The crash and robbery remain under investigation by Randolph Police, with the assistance of the Norfolk District Attorney’s office.

Anyone with information about either incident is asked to call the Randolph Police Department at 781-963-1212.

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Randolph Police Utilize Social Media to Return WWI Veteran’s Dog Tag to Family

Randolph Police Department
William Pace, Police Chief
41 South Main St.
Randolph, MA 02368

For Immediate Release

Wednesday, Sept. 28, 2016

Contact: John Guilfoil
Phone: 617-993-0003
Email: john@jgpr.net

Randolph Police Utilize Social Media to Return WWI Veteran’s Dog Tag to Family

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RANDOLPH — Chief William Pace praises the work of Officer Kevin Aldred for his efforts utilizing social media to return a late World War I veteran’s lost dog tag to his family members.

At approximately 11 a.m. on Friday, Sept. 9, Officer Aldred was working a dispatch shift at the police department when a citizen entered the station to turn in a lost item he found while working on Oliver Street. The item appeared to be an older military style dog tag, inscribed with the following:

JOSEPH E. HUGHES
PVT
M.G.CO.
101ST INF.
U.S.A.

An initial investigation led Officer Aldred to believe the dog tag belonged to a World War I soldier, which was soon confirmed by Kara Fossey, the Executive Director of the Fort Devens Museum. After obtaining Joseph E. Hughes’ information from the museum, Officer Aldred reached out to the public over the department’s Facebook page, asking for help to find Hughes’ descendants.

The post received thousands of views, hundreds of shares, and multiple leads in just a few hours. Within 24 hours, the department was able to follow up on several leads and ultimately locate Hughes’ family. After Officer Aldred’s attempts to contact the family went unanswered, he sought assistance from the Walpole Police Department, as this is where Hughes’ grandson lived. Walpole Officer Steve Foley was familiar with the family and connected them with Officer Aldred. As a result, the dog tag issued to Joseph E. Hughes was returned to Joseph M. Hughes, the veteran’s eldest grandson, on Monday, Sept. 26.

“I commend Officer Aldred’s dedication and persistence to solving this mystery,” Chief Pace said. “He went above and beyond for this case. His leadership, combined with the collaboration of many community organizations and our social media audience, led to the best possible outcome.”

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