Northborough – The majority of time during the Board of Selectmen’s June 14 meeting was dedicated to recognizing the fine work of the Northborough Police Department. The first award went to Officer Nathan Fiske, who received the Lifesaving Award for his role in helping an elderly Marlborough woman. The entire Police Department received further accolades with re-accreditation for excellence in polices and procedures.
“This is a really good night for us,” said Chief of Police Mark Leahy.
Fiske was on patrol May 24 at 4:45 p.m. when he heard an emergency call on the radio for the Fire Department to respond to a situation at the Northborough Medical Center at 112 Main St. A 78-year-old woman had collapsed in a doctor’s office, and CPR was being performed. Fiske was close to the location and immediately sprang into action.
Fiske arrived at the scene and was able to use a defibrillator that was donated to the Police Department for its cruisers only a year ago.
“He set up the defibrillator and ended up delivering a lifesaving shock that restored and corrected the rhythm of the woman’s heart,” Leahy said. “She was transported to UMass Memorial in Worcester, where she recuperated and was able to return home.”
The Lifesaving Award is given to an office r wh o saves someone’s life, or valiantly attempts to do so.
“On behalf of a proud department, a very proud chief, and I’m sure not only a grateful victim, but also a very grateful community for what you did, we are very proud to present you with the Lifesaving Medal,” Leahy said.
Board members were thankful for Fiske’s actions.
“Great job,” Selectman Jeff Amberson said. “He was there when he needed to be. He got the job done, which is great.”
In other news, the Police Department was recognized for its re-accreditation, and awarded with a plaque from the Massachusetts Police Accreditation Commission (MPAC).
“It has been part of an institutional culture of the Police Department to open its door to scrutiny from outside the department to make sure we are doing what the best practices of law enforcement call for,” Leahy said.
The department had to meet 236 mandatory standards, and an additional 85 optional standards. Northborough was one of only 29 departments in the commonwealth to receive accreditation. Leahy was quick to credit the work of the force, while also singling out the contributions of Lieutenant Bill Lyver.
“He did an outstanding job with not only doing the wristtwisting of getting everyone in line in the department, but also making sure it was a team concept,” Leahy said.
MPAC Executive Director Donna Taylor Mooers was in attendance to give the Police Department its award. She praised the entire department for their eff orts.
“They, in fact, accepted the challenge of meeting the spirit of the accreditation standards in their day-to-day operations,” she said.
Leahy stressed the importance of maintaining the standard they’ve set this year.
“Getting it the first time is the easy part, in a lot of ways,” he said. “Thereafter, now you have to continue to prove that you’re really doing what you’re saying you’re doing.”