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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*UPDATED* Randolph Police Investigating Fatal Motor Vehicle Crash after Armed Robbery

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

For Immediate Release

Wednesday, Jan. 17, 2018

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

*UPDATED*

Randolph Police Investigating Fatal Motor Vehicle Crash after Armed Robbery

RANDOLPH — Commander John Hamelburg reports that the Randolph Police Department, with the assistance of the Norfolk County District Attorney’s office, is investigating a fatal motor vehicle crash that is believed to be connected to an armed robbery that occurred in town Wednesday afternoon.

At approximately 3 p.m., a man walked into Super Mart, located at 1151 North Main St., armed with a sawed-off shotgun and demanding money from the clerk. During the robbery, the man fired the shotgun into the floor of the store. No one was injured, and the store clerk was the only other person in the store at the time of the incident. The suspect escaped in a vehicle with an undisclosed quantity of cash.

Randolph Police broadcast a description of the suspect and of a blue 2009 Pontiac G6 sedan he was driving.

Shortly afterward, the Holbrook Police Department located a vehicle matching the description given over the air at a Holbrook home. The suspect, later identified as a 37-year-old Holbrook man, was in the driveway near the vehicle. He refused to adhere to multiple commands given to him by officers.

Eventually he got back into the Pontiac and drove out of the driveway, nearly striking the responding officers.

Holbrook Police attempted to stop the vehicle, but the driver fled, leading police on a pursuit from Holbrook and eventually back into Randolph. At approximately 4:30 p.m., the pursuit ended when the driver crossed into the oncoming lane and crashed head-on into another vehicle near 306 Union St. in Randolph.

The man sustained serious injuries and was taken to an area hospital where he was later pronounced dead. The man’s identity is being withheld pending the notification of his next of kin.

The male driver of the other vehicle was transported to an area hospital with injuries that are not believed to be life threatening.

This crash and the robbery are being actively investigated by the Randolph Police Department.

Anyone with information about the robbery or crash is asked to call the Randolph Police Department at 781-963-1212.

No further information will be released at this time.

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Randolph Police Investigating Motor Vehicle Crash after Armed Robbery

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

For Immediate Release

Wednesday, Jan. 17, 2018

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

Randolph Police Investigating Motor Vehicle Crash after Armed Robbery

This is breaking news. Additional information will be provided when it is available. Media should stage at the Randolph Police Department, 41 South Main St.

RANDOLPH — Commander John Hamelburg reports that the Randolph Police Department is investigating a serious motor vehicle crash that is believed to be connected to an armed robbery that occurred earlier Wednesday afternoon.

At approximately 3 p.m., a suspect walked into Super Mart, located at 1151 North Main St., armed with a sawed-off shotgun and demanding money from the clerk. During the robbery, the suspect fired the shotgun into the floor of the store. No one was injured, and the store clerk was the only other person in the store at the time of the incident. The suspect escaped by vehicle with a quantity of cash.

Randolph Police broadcast a description of the suspect and of a blue 2009 Pontiac G6 sedan. Shortly afterward, the Holbrook Police Department located a vehicle matching the description given over the air being driven by a man matching the description given of the robbery suspect.

Holbrook Police attempted to stop the vehicle, but the driver fled, leading police on a pursuit from Holbrook and eventually back into Randolph. At approximately 4:30 p.m., the pursuit ended when the suspect crashed head-on into another vehicle near 306 Union St.

The suspect sustained serious, life-threatening injuries and was taken to an area hospital.

The male driver of the other vehicle was transported to an area hospital with injuries that are not believed to be life threatening.

This is a breaking news update. This situation is being actively investigated by the Randolph Police Department and the Norfolk County District Attorney’s Office has been requested to the scene.

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

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Randolph Police Department Shares Ice Dam and Snow Removal Safety Tips for Residents

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

For Immediate Release

Wednesday, Jan. 10, 2018

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

Randolph Police Department Shares Ice Dam and Snow Removal Safety Tips for Residents

RANDOLPH — After last week’s heavy snowfall and with warmer temperatures expected over the next several days, Chief William Pace would like to advise Randolph residents on how they can safely handle snow removal from roofs and avoid damage from ice dams.

With some areas experiencing over a foot of snow, it is important for property owners, managers and tenants to have snow and ice cleared from their roofs before any future rain or snowfall.

While removing snow, residents should be cognizant of the dangers that come with heavy snow loads and the importance of recognizing signs of structural weakness. Flat and low pitched roofs are at the highest risk of buckling under heavy snow and ice accumulations, however many risks posed by heavy snowfall on roofs can be avoided by safely removing the snow.

With temperatures expected to reach around 50 degrees by the end of this week, residents should also be wary of snow that has accumulated around gutters, as it could contribute to ice dams and damage from water leaking into walls, ceilings, insulation and other areas.

“With the snow beginning to melt from last week’s blizzard, we want to ensure that residents stay safe and keep their property protected,” Chief Pace said. “The following tips can help people to recognize potential problems with their roofs.”

The following safety tips from the Massachusetts Department of Public Safety (DPS), the Department of Fire Services (DFS) and the Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency (MEMA) outline how to safely remove snow from roofs, recognize structural damage and other important safety information.

HOW TO REMOVE SNOW FROM ROOFS

  • Consider hiring snow removal professionals. The combination of height and ice can make removing snow from roofs dangerous. If you decide to perform the task yourself, make sure you have someone with you to assist.
  • Use a snow rake to remove snow from pitched roofs and start from the edge.
  • Try to shave the snow down 2 or 3 inches on the roof instead of scraping the roof clean which could damage shingles or other roof covering.
  • Keep all ladders, roof rakes and shovels away from utility wires.
  • Plastic shovels are usually the best as metal tools may cause damage to your roof.
  • Shovel snow from flat roofs by throwing the snow over the side and away from the building.
  • Remove large icicles carefully if they’re hanging over doors and walkways. Consider knocking down icicles through windows using a broomstick.
  • Protect gas and electric meters and piping from falling snow, icicles and melting water.
  • Keep gutters and drains clean, free of ice and snow and keep downspouts clean at ground level

DO NOT

  • Do not add your weight or the weight of equipment to the roof.
  • Do not use a ladder, as ice tends to build up on both the rungs of the ladder and the soles of your boots.
  • Do not use blow torches, open-flame, electric heating devices, or heat guns to remove snow and ice.
  • Do not try to remove ice or icicles from utility wires or meters. Call your utility company for assistance.

HOW TO RECOGNIZE PROBLEMS WITH ROOFS

  • Sagging roofs
  • Severe roof leaks
  • Cracked or split wood members
  • Bends or ripples in supports
  • Cracks in walls or masonry
  • Sheared off screws from steel frames
  • Sprinkler heads that have dropped down below ceiling tiles
  • Doors that pop open
  • Doors or windows that are difficult to open
  • Bowed utility pipes or conduit attached at ceiling
  • Creaking, cracking or popping sounds

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Randolph Police Officer Kevin Gilbert Recognized for Selfless Efforts Beyond the Call of Duty

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

For Immediate Release

Tuesday, Jan. 9, 2018

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

Randolph Police Officer Kevin Gilbert Recognized for Selfless Efforts Beyond the Call of Duty

On Duty and Off Shift, Officer Gilbert Consistently Goes the Extra Mile for his Fellow Citizens

RANDOLPH — The main reason Kevin Gilbert became a police officer was to help others. Consistently, while on duty and on his own time, Officer Gilbert has been the living embodiment of service and selflessness.

For the reasons outlined below and many other untold examples, the Randolph Police Department recently awarded Officer Gilbert a commendation, and the department is sharing his story with the public so that they too will know and understand just how far police officers like Officer Gilbert go for their fellow man.

When he leaves work at the end of his shift, Officer Gilbert constantly scours social media and news headlines for people who are in need that he may be able to help.

His efforts have helped many people at home and in places as far away as Georgia and Tennessee. Officer Gilbert has sent care packages to sick children in hospitals. If a sick child has siblings, he buys them toys and other gifts, because he understands that the siblings suffer too. He buys the parents gift cards for gas to help them get back and forth to the hospital. All of this comes out of his own pocket.

Last month, Officer Gilbert found a post on Facebook about a local family in need and bought toys for the children and arranged to have them given to their parents to put under the tree for Christmas morning.

“Officer Gilbert is a shining example of the community policing we do here in Randolph,” Chief William Pace said. “He has only been with the department for three years and his impact in town has already been felt by many.”

Recently, his commanding officer, Sgt. Douglas Morgan wrote a letter of commendation to Chief Pace making him aware of some of the great things Officer Gilbert has been doing in his free time.

“I was present on a call with Officer Gilbert where a mother had shoplifted some food at [a local pharmacy]. She was a single mother, money was tight, and she was trying to provide for her daughter,” Sgt. Morgan wrote. “Officer Gilbert went back into the store and paid for enough food for a couple of days out of his own pocket until her social security check came.”

Officer Gilbert says he learned to help others from his parents growing up in Randolph and while he was training at the police academy in Boston.

“As a police officer making an arrest is one thing in the course of our duties, but by sending a letter and gift with a police patch to a sick child in the hospital, you can do the most with that,” Officer Gilbert said. “I’m certainly not the only officer in our department who does it, but it’s always nice to be able to help whenever we can.”

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Randolph Police and Fire Urge Safety During Coming Snowstorm, Extreme Cold

For Immediate Release

Wednesday, Jan. 3, 2018

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

*Joint Release*

Randolph Police and Fire Urge Safety During Coming Snowstorm, Extreme Cold

RANDOLPH — Police Chief William Pace and Fire Chief Richard Donovan are urging all Randolph residents to take precautions to stay safe during the coming snowstorm and frigid temperatures to follow.

A Winter Storm Warning and hazardous weather outlook is in effect for Randolph at this time, according to the National Weather Service (NWS).

The National Weather Service predicts that the storm is expected to begin around 4 a.m. Thursday morning and end sometime in the evening.

The following is what NWS is anticipating for Randolph during and after the snowstorm:

  • The region could see as much as 14 inches of snow.
  • Wind gusts may reach as high as 49 mph and carry with it a windchill factor of 3 below zero.
  • Driving conditions will likely be very poor. Significant reductions in visibility are possible with near white-out conditions for a time Thursday.
  • Damage to trees and power lines is possible. Power outages may occur.
  • Friday will likely see a high temperature of 13 degrees and a low of 4 below zero. Saturday could be even colder with a high of 7 degrees and low of 9 below zero.

WEATHERING THE STORM

The Police and Fire stations will be open throughout the storm. If you have an emergency, call 911. You can also reach the Randolph Police at 781-963-1212 and Randolph Fire Department at 781-963-3131.

Avoid driving unless absolutely necessary. Give plow and sand/salt trucks the space they need to operate.

Fully charge your cell phone, laptop and any other devices before the storm.

If you lose power during the storm, National Grid offers an outage map. To report the loss of electricity, call 800-592-2000 .

If you believe there is a gas leak in your home or nearby, call 911.

Anyone with a disability or medical issue is encouraged to call Randolph Police ahead of time to request a well-being check during the storm.

COLD CONTINUES ON

With this type of weather, frostbite and hypothermia are possible for those without proper protection from the cold. To stay safe, the Randolph police and fire departments ask that residents follow these tips from the MEMA:

Minimize outdoor activities for the whole family, including pets.

If outside, dress in several layers of loose-fitting, lightweight clothing instead of a single heavy layer. Outer garments should be tightly woven and water repellent. Wear a hat, mittens (not gloves) and sturdy waterproof boots to protect your extremities. Cover your mouth with a scarf to protect your lungs.Be a good neighbor. Check with elderly or disabled relatives and neighbors to ensure their safety

  • When utilizing alternate heating sources, such as an emergency generator, your fireplace, wood stove, coal stove or space heater, make sure they are properly ventilated and always operate a generator outdoors and away from your home. Improper heating devices can lead to dangerous carbon monoxide buildup in the home.
  • If you turn on a faucet and only a trickle comes out, suspect a frozen pipe. Locate the area of the water pipe that might be frozen. Likely places include pipes running against exterior walls or where your water service enters your home through the foundation.
  • Apply heat to the section of pipe using an electric heating pad wrapped around the pipe, an electric hair dryer, or wrapping pipes with towels soaked in hot water. Do not use a blowtorch, kerosene or propane heater, charcoal stove, or other open flame devices. A blowtorch can make water in a frozen pipe boil and cause the pipe to explode. All open flames in homes present a serious fire danger, as well as a severe risk of exposure to lethal carbon monoxide.

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Randolph Police Remind Residents to Remain Safe and Sober While Driving This New Year’s Weekend

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

For Immediate Release

Friday, Dec. 29, 2017

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

Randolph Police Remind Residents to Remain Safe and Sober While Driving This New Year’s Weekend

RANDOLPH — With New Year’s celebrations and festivities coming up this weekend, Chief William Pace and the Randolph Police Department wish to emphasize the importance of remaining safe and sober while driving during the holidays.

“While we want everyone to enjoy themselves ringing in the new year, it is vital to the safety of our residents and community that people who are impaired never get behind the wheel,” Chief Pace said. “With the number of taxi cabs and ride-sharing services available, there is no excuse to drive under the influence.”

According to the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism, 40 percent of traffic fatalities that occur during the holidays involve a driver who is alcohol-impaired, compared to 31 percent for the rest of the year. Mothers Against Drunk Driving reported that, in 2016, 48 percent of highway deaths on New Year’s Eve were alcohol related.

To keep travelers safe, Chief Pace offers the following safety tips from the National

Highway Traffic Safety Administration:

Buckle Up, Drive Sober and Pay Attention

  • Always wear your seat belt.
  • Never drive while intoxicated or if distracted. In every state, it is against the law to drive with a blood alcohol concentration of .08 or higher. Do not text while driving and always keep both hands on the wheel.
  • Be sure to have a designated driver to ensure that you and your family members are safe at all times in the motor vehicle.
  • If you see anyone with an alcoholic beverage, or if a person smells of alcohol, do not get into the car or let that person drive.

Plan Ahead

  • Utilize local taxi companies or ride-sharing services if you are impaired.
  • Plan your travel and route by checking the weather, road conditions, and traffic. Leave early, if necessary, and allow plenty of time to safely get to your destination.
  • Carry items in your vehicle that may prove useful in the event of an emergency or if you get stranded, including snow shovel, broom, ice scraper, jumper cables, flashlight, flares/emergency markers, blankets, mobile phone with charger, water, food and any necessary medicine.
  • If you become stranded, don’t run your vehicle with the windows up or in an enclosed space for an extended period of time to avoid asphyxiation from carbon monoxide poisoning. If you must run your vehicle, clear the exhaust pipe of any snow and run it only sporadically – just long enough to stay warm.

For additional tips and information please visit the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration website or call the Randolph Police Department at 781-963-1212.

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Randolph Police and Fire Departments Offer Safety Tips for Extreme Cold

For Immediate Release

Thursday, Dec. 28, 2017

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

*Joint Release*

Randolph Police and Fire Departments Offer Cold Weather Safety Tips

RANDOLPH — With extremely cold temperatures currently in New England, which are not expected to let up until some time in January, Fire Chief Richard Donovan and Police Chief William Pace would like to provide the community with several important safety tips.

According to the Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency, daytime high temperatures will likely not rise above the teens from Thursday through the weekend, and high temperatures in some interior locations may not rise above the single digits. Overnight low temperatures will likely drop below zero.

The coldest periods are forecast to be Wednesday night into Thursday morning and Thursday night into Friday morning. Another bout of especially low wind chills is possible Saturday night into Sunday morning and Sunday night into Monday morning.

“When the temperatures dip this low, please be sure to check on your elderly neighbors and residents that may live by themselves,” Chief Donovan said. “In cold like this, it is vital to stay warm and wear multiple layers.”

With this type of weather, frostbite and hypothermia are possible for those without proper protection from the cold. To stay safe, the Randolph police and fire departments ask that residents follow these tips from the MEMA:

  • Minimize outdoor activities for the whole family, including pets.
  • If outside, dress in several layers of loose-fitting, lightweight clothing instead of a single heavy layer. Outer garments should be tightly woven and water repellent. Wear a hat, mittens (not gloves) and sturdy waterproof boots to protect your extremities. Cover your mouth with a scarf to protect your lungs.
  • Be a good neighbor. Check with elderly or disabled relatives and neighbors to ensure their safety.

Additionally, because of the extreme cold, other areas of your home and vehicles may be affected:

Possible increase in fires from unsafe/improper use of alternative heating sources or people trying to thaw frozen pipes with blowtorches or similar devices.

  • If you turn on a faucet and only a trickle comes out, suspect a frozen pipe. Locate the area of the water pipe that might be frozen. Likely places include pipes running against exterior walls or where your water service enters your home through the foundation.
  • Apply heat to the section of pipe using an electric heating pad wrapped around the pipe, an electric hair dryer, or wrapping pipes with towels soaked in hot water. Extreme care should be taken when utilizing any blowtorch, kerosene or propane heater, coal stove, wood stove or other open flame devices. All open flames in homes present a serious fire danger, as well as a severe risk of exposure to lethal carbon monoxide. Be sure to check that carbon monoxide detectors and smoke detectors are working properly.

Possible increase in incidents of carbon monoxide poisoning from unsafe/improper use of alternative heating sources.

  • Ensure you have sufficient heating fuel, as well as alternate emergency heating equipment in case you lose electricity. There are many resources available for low-income residents who meet certain requirements. National Grid and Eversource offer discounted rates on services to those who are eligible. The state’s Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program can help certain households pay for a portion of their heating bills.
  • When utilizing alternate heating sources, such as an emergency generator, your fireplace, wood stove, coal stove or space heater, make sure they are properly ventilated and always operate a generator outdoors and away from your home. Improper heating devices can lead to dangerous carbon monoxide buildup in the home.

Possible vehicle failure.

  • Make sure your car is properly winterized. Keep the gas tank at least half-full. Carry a winter emergency car kit including blankets, extra clothing, a flashlight with spare batteries, non-perishable foods, windshield scraper, shovel, sand, tow rope and jumper cables in the trunk.

“Try to stay indoors as much as possible in this frigid weather,” Chief Pace said. “There risk of frostbite substantially increases with long-term exposure to low temperatures.”

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Randolph Police to Welcome MPAC Accreditation Assessors to Station Next Month

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

For Immediate Release

Tuesday, Dec. 26, 2017

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

Randolph Police to Welcome MPAC Accreditation Assessors to Station Next Month

 

RANDOLPH – Chief William Pace is pleased to announce that the Randolph Police Department will be welcoming a team of assessors from the Massachusetts Police Accreditation Commission (MPAC) into the station next month.

The visit, which will occur on Jan. 24, is part of the Randolph Police Department’s self-initiated effort to be re-accredited by MPAC. The department achieved accreditation in 2015, and has now approached its three-year mark for renewal.

“Achieving accreditation is a highly-prized recognition of law enforcement professional excellence,” Chief Pace said. “We look forward to welcoming members MPAC into the station next month to begin this process.”

During their visit, MPAC assessors will be examining various aspects of the department’s policies, procedures, operations and facilities.

The MPAC program consists of 257 mandatory standards and 125 optional standards. In order to maintain their accreditation status, Chief Pace and the Randolph Police must meet all of the mandatory standards, and 60 percent of the optional standards.

Anyone with questions, or those who would like to learn more about the accreditation program, can contact Chief Pace or the department’s Accreditation Manager Lt. Melissa Greener at 781-963-1212.

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