RAYMOND, NH (December 22, 2016): Monday evening was an exciting night for members of the Raymond Police Department. During the Board of Selectmen’s meeting several members of the department were promoted and other officers recognized for their heroic actions. New members of the force were also sworn in before the large crowd of family and friends.
Corporal Chad Shevlin was promoted to the rank of Sergeant. He currently is assigned as shift supervisor on our evening shift and also one of the departments Motor Officers. Chad began his career with the Raymond Police Department two and a half years ago after spending six years with the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department where he served in many different roles to include firearms and defensive tactics instructor.
Chad also received a Purple Heart Medal for his meritorious service in a conflict in the Middle East during his service in the United States Marines. The Purple Heart is awarded to members of the armed forces of the U.S. who are wounded by an instrument of war in the hands of the enemy. Chad also obtained his Associate’s degree in Criminal Justice after his military career. Chad was promoted last year to the rank of Corporal and serves as a role model to younger officers and also our police explorer post as he is one of our advisers to the post.
Corporal Kerry Pomeroy was promoted to the rank of Sergeant. Corporal Pomeroy has been with the Raymond Police Department Since 1998. He has come up through the ranks being one of the first Raymond Police Officers assigned to the Southern New Hampshire Regional Special Operations unit. He is our senior firearms instructor, armorer and tactical resource for the department. He has been supervising evening shifts for the past five plus years.
With the recent retirement of one of our detectives, it presented an exciting opportunity to assigned a new detective. It is with pleasure that we announce Officer Dyrkacz as our newest Detective. Officer Dyrkacz holds an associates degree in criminal justice and has been with the Raymond Police Department since 2010. Brandon is known for his hard work and self-initiated activity.
Officer Sarah Castelot was also sworn in. She recently graduated the New Hampshire Police Academy after 16 weeks of intense training. Sarah currently holds a bachelors degree from Riviera College.
Officer Nicholas Heon was promoted to full time. He also graduated recently from the New Hampshire Part-time Academy and holds an Assocaite’s Degree in Criminal Justice and will be getting ready to attend the full-time academy this coming spring.
Michael Roberts was also sworn in. He has served in the military and is currently a career ranking firefighter / Emergency Medical Technician in a neighboring community. Roberts comes to us already certified as a police officer.
Honored during the ceremony for conducting CPR and administering Narcan to save a mans life after he accidentally overdosed on prescription medication were Officers Steven McPherson, Justin Lozowski and William Paskowski. These officers worked as a team in resuscitating a man down at his house this past October.
Officer Justin Lozowski was also recognized for performing CPR on an elderly man after he collapsed. Through his efforts he was transported to the Exeter Hospital were he regained consciousness.
Corporal Brian Stice and Officer Ryan Stanton were issued letters of merit for their efforts in reviving a man who overdosed while driving. The vehicle crashed off the roadway with the driver not breathing behind the wheel. After breaking a window and pulling the man from the car they were able to begin CPR and administer Narcan. The man regained consciousness and rushed to the Exeter Hospital.
All of these Officers represented are true professionals and perform at high levels each and every day for the community of Raymond.