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Officer Ryan Donnelly Receives the Robert P. Dana Award

Officer Ryan Donnelly Receives the Robert P. Dana Award

This morning during the “Law Day” ceremony held at Quincy District Court, Officer Ryan Donnelly received the prestigious Robert P Dana Distinguished Service Award for meritorious police work.

On June 11, 2017, at approximately 4:50 p.m., off duty Officer Ryan Donnelly was traveling on Route 3A towards Plymouth. As he approached the exit 9 Route 3 overpass he observed two motorcycles pulled over. As Officer Donnelly slowed down, he observed a man hanging off of a fence over the northbound traffic of Route 3. Officer Donnelly pulled over, exited his truck and observed the male to be crying and yelling. Officer Donnelly spoke with one of the bystanders who was talking with the man. He told the bystander that he is a Police Officer and a Crisis Negotiator and was going to take over the scene.

The Officer then walked closer to the distraught man and could see that he was upset and shaking. He was barefoot and was clinging to the fence with his fingers and toes through the holes. Officer Donnelly used his training to initiate dialogue with the man and learned that due to a series of life changing events, the man said that he was a failure and wanted to die. Officer Donnelly reassured the man that the issues could be worked out however the man kept threatening, “I’m going to jump in front of the next truck I see.” The traffic coming North on Route 3 was not slowing because the operators could not see the man dangling from the bridge.

Officer Ryan Donnelly engaged the man in conversation and convinced him to climb back over the fence. Once he was half way over the fence, Officer Donnelly reached over and with the help of other bystanders, grabbed the man. Officer Donnelly and bystanders consoled the man and awaited the arrival of the Kingston Police Department. The man was then escorted into the ambulance and transported to the hospital for evaluation.

Great work Ryan!

Pictured from L-R: Attorney General Maura Healey, Officer Ryan Donnelly, Mayor Thomas Koch, Chief Paul Keenan, Secretary of Public Safety Daniel Bennett, and Norfolk County District Attorney Michael Morrissey