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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