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BEYOND THE CALL OF DUTY

Somerville Police Beyond The Call of Duty Award 

is presented for outstanding dedication and effort on July 6, 2016 to Officer Christine Bork

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On Thursday, June 23rd 2016, at 7:20 a.m., Officer Bork, who was just completing her last half shift in Car 4, stopped at Starbucks at Assembly Row. Today, June 29, 2016, the department received a commendation request via email from, Blair Connelly, a resident of Melrose. Ms. Connelly was so impressed by the actions of Officer Bork that she wrote the following and sent it to us:

This morning as I walked into Starbucks there was a homeless man sitting outside the store. He was not begging or harassing anyone, but no-one was paying attention to him or making eye contact with him, including myself. Behind me walked up a female office (sic) and asked him if he was hungry, asked him to come in and pick out a few items to eat, and she purchased them for him with her own money and brought them out to him. She asked him if he was cold (he was dressed light) and asked him where he sleeps at night. She offered him the names of some nearby shelters. She treated him like a normal human being and showed extreme compassion. I did acknowledge her kind deed while we were in the store, but I did not want this incident to go unnoticed by her superiors. I am grateful there is a person like her on your force, and you should be too. I could not get her badge number, but did get her plate number (784). I hope you know what a special young woman you have. She has inspired me today, I will never forget her simple gesture of kindness. She is to be commended today.

Thank you, Christine, for your inspiring action to help someone less fortunate. You exemplify what it means to be a police officer, and we are proud to call you one of our own.

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David Fallon, Chief of Police

 

 

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Summer Motorcyclists & Driver Safety

 Tips for Motorcyclists & Drivers as Summer Begins

 

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SOMERVILLE
— As temperatures continue to climb and more people opt for alternate modes of transportation, Chief David Fallon and the Somerville Police Department remind drivers to share the road with motorcyclists.

 

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Reports that, in 2013, there were 4,668 motorcyclists killed in motor vehicle traffic crashes, and an estimated 88,000 who were injured.

"Please be cautious as you begin your summer travel," Chief Fallon said. "Motorcyclists should follow all traffic laws, and drivers should be sure to look twice for motorcycles on the road."

 To prevent accidents and fatalities, Somerville Police recommend that drivers and motorcyclists follow several safety tips outlined by the Massachusetts Registry of Motor Vehicles.

 

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• Motorcycles are more difficult to spot than cars because of their smaller profiles and drivers are conditioned to look for other cars, not motorcyclists.

• Traffic, weather, and road conditions require motorcyclists to react differently than drivers, so it is often difficult to judge and predict when riders may take evasive action.

• Drivers must always be aware of their surroundings. Remember: Check twice, save a life.

• Remember that motorcyclists have the same privileges as other drivers. Be sure to give riders a full lane of travel, and always keep a close watch for motorcyclists — especially at intersections and on highways.

• Anticipate a motorcyclist's maneuvers. A piece of road debris that poses no threat to a car may be deadly for a motorcyclist. Predict evasive moves a motorcyclist might take by always being aware of your surroundings. Also, don't follow motorcycles too closely. Allow enough room for the motorcyclist to take evasive actions.

You are more likely to be involved in an accident with a motorcycle when:

• You are making a left turn in front of a rider.

• A motorcyclist is riding in your blind spot.

• There are hazardous road conditions. Potholes, wet leaves, railroad tracks, and other obstructions may force a motorcyclist to take an action you don't expect.

• You have an obstructed line of sight. Sport utility vehicles, delivery vans, and large trucks may block motorcyclists from your view.

 

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• Don't assume you are visible to a driver. As a motorcyclist, it is your responsibility to make your presence known to drivers. Select and wear an appropriate helmet with retroreflective materials. A motorcycle helmet is your most valuable piece of protective gear and should be visible to drivers. Wear bright, contrasting protective clothing. If you wear dark clothing, wear a fluorescent vest.

• Use headlights while riding on the highway, and use high beams instead of low beams. Also consider a modulating headlight.

• Proper lane position is important. It helps drivers see you and protects your riding space. Remember, if you can see a driver in the side-view mirror, the driver can see you. Avoid riding in a driver's blind spot, and always signal before making a move. Never weave between lanes.

• Remember, there is no one safe place to ride. Use lane positioning to be seen and to provide extra space for emergency braking situations or avoidance maneuvers. Never share a lane with a car. Drivers may not expect you alongside their cars and may not be aware of your presence.

 

 
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