Members of the American Legion, Law & Order Committee, honored 3 local heroes on Mon., July 30th, for their acts of bravery on the job. Quincy Police Officer Daniel Parisi, EMT Hugh Devlin & EMT Rick Weitsen were presented the American Legion Medal of Valor, a Certificate of Commendation and the American Legion Law and Order Clock during the ceremony held at Quincy City Hall on Mon., July 30, 2018.
While on duty on the afternoon of Tues., Oct. 31, 2017, Quincy Police Officer Parisi was dispatched to 107-109 Norfolk St. regarding a house fire. Upon arrival, he observed a two-family house with smoke coming from the second level. Officer Parisi was told there were still children inside and a handicapped man in a wheel chair unable to walk, that were trapped inside the home. EMT’s Hugh Devlin and EMT Rick Weitsen rushed into the burning building, found an elderly man, still in his wheel chair and carried him to safety. Officer Parisi also rushed into the home, located a young boy and carried him to safety. He then re-entered the burning building, located a confused female, and carried her outside to safety. No injuries were reported. At that point, Quincy Fire Dept. arrived and took over the scene.
“The bravery of these men is to be commended,” said Mayor Thomas P. Koch after the ceremony. “Their selflessness to help without consideration for their own safety was heroic.”
Award recipient EMT Rick Weitsen, Chris DiBona accepting on behalf of recipient EMT Hugh Devlin, John "Sonny" Joyce, Vice-Chairman, Mass. American Legion Law and Order Committee, Mayor Thomas P. Koch, Jamie Parisi accepting on behalf of his brother Officer Dan Parisi, Past national Commander of the American Legion, John P. "Jake" Comer, Mass. American Legion State Commander, Fred White, Mass American Legion Law & Order Committee chairman, Lawrence M. Norton.