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Slain Greenland chief posthumously granted state's highest law enforcement honor
Updated On: May 31, 2012

Donations may be made to the Chief Michael Maloney Trust Fund, c/o Optima Bank, 26 Lafayette Road, North Hampton, NH  03862 or any of their branches.

 

Slain Greenland chief posthumously granted state's highest law enforcement honor

 
  • A Greenland police motorcycle is parked at the entrance of Remick & Gendron Funeral Home in honor of Greenland Police Chief Michael Maloney during the law enforcement calling hours on Lafayette Road in Hampton on Wednesday.


    (Thomas Roy/Union Leader)


  • The Medal of Honor, the state's highest law enforcement award, is shown here.


The state's highest law enforcement award was posthumously granted to Greenland Police Chief Michael P. Maloney to honor his courage under fire and heroism for risking his life to save four wounded officers during a deadly gunfight April 12.

The Medal of Honor was awarded to Maloney's wife, Peg, during a private service at the Remick & Gendron Funeral Home in Hampton prior to the law enforcement walk-through that began at 1 p.m., Derry Police Chief Edward Garone said.

“Chief Maloney's heroism under life-threatening circumstances embodies courage, strength and selflessness that are beyond measure,” Tara Laurent wrote the New Hampshire Association of Chiefs of Police Tuesday to recommend the organization confer the award on her predecessor. Laurent succeeded Maloney, who was to retire eight days before he was killed, as Greenland police chief .

The police chiefs association and the Hundred Club confer the award to any law enforcement officer who has performed life-threatening acts of “conspicuous bravery or heroism that is life threatening” during a confrontation with an armed or dangerous adversary.

The Hundred Club is an organization that provides financial support to the families of fallen members of the fire and police service.

Garone, who is secretary of the approximate 175-member NH Association of Chiefs of Police, said Maloney acted heroically when he removed one wounded officer while under attack by Cullen Mutrie, 29. Maloney then went back to provide fellow officers cover while he safely evacuated them when he was fatally shot in the head.

“He acted purposely when he went back there to assist fallen officers — certainly knowing the risk to life and limb. He knew all of the circumstances — and still went back,” Garone said.


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