Norwich Woman Honored By Maine Chiefs of Police Association

Three Upper Valley Residents Involved In Rescue

The Maine Chiefs of Police Association honored Rebecca Stern of Norwich and two other Upper Valley residents for life-saving achievements, according to a news report in the Portland Press Herald on February 11.

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In Maine police chiefs honor civilians for extraordinary acts, by Staff Writers Eric Russell and Dennis Hoey, the newspaper reports: 

    Among those recognized were five people who responded to a police boat crash on the Saco River in Fryeburg last May.
    The Fryebrug police boat was responding to a capsized  when it struck an object in the water. Officers Nathan Desjardins and Dale Stout were thrown from the boat.
    Desjardins, who was 20, later died from his injuries. The woman whose canoe capsized, Jennifer Bousquet, 38, of South Berwick, also died from drowning. Her body was found four days later.
    But the actions of the five people – Paul Hall of Saco, Scott Bean of Northfield, N.H., Rebecca Stern of Norwich, Vt., and Vanessa Soetanto and Ashley Hamel, both of Lebanon, N.H. – who were nearby when the boat crashed, likely saved Stout’s life, said Brad Paul, former Saco police chief who led the awards committee and emceed Friday’s event.


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