Police saluted at Medal of Honor ceremony

Six officers from District B-3 were awarded the Boston Police Department's Medal of Honor on Sunday for their actions in responding to a stand-off with a distraught man last November. Above, Captain James Claiborne congratulates Officer Claire K. Duffy on her award. Pictured, l-r, are officers Daniel P. Donahue, Garvin F. McHale, Martin D. Harrison, Duffy, Jeffrey J. Mclean and Henry J. Doherty.

A number of Boston Police officers who patrol Dorchester and Mattapan were honored with medal of honor awards on Sunday at the Boston Police Relief Association's 137th annual ball, held in Randolph.

District B-3 officers Jaha Hassan, Michael Sullivan and Michael J. Aziz were honored for locating and arresting an armed suspect wanted for attempted murder inside a Blue Hill Avenue store last May. Hassan and Sullivan - along with fellow B-3 officers Andrew Heggie and Tamara Finley - were also honored for their work in apprehending the man accused of gunning down a Norfolk Street pizza store owner on Nov. 1, 2007. Officers Hassan and Sullivan - who are partners - also won the William J. Taylor Meritorious Service Award for their overall excellence.

District C-11 patrolman Gerald F. Cahill won the medal of honor for confronting a woman who lunged at him with a large knife on Talbot Avenue earlier this year. Two members of the Youth Violence Strike Force - officers Edwin Guzman and Manuel Blas - were honored for arresting an armed gang member near Hancock Street. Another Y.V.S.F. member, Brian M. Smigielski, was honored for pursuing and arresting an armed man after a shooting incident on Callender Street last July.

Six officers from District B-3 were awarded the Medal of Honor on Sunday for their actions in responding to an armed stand-off with a distraught man last November. Officers Claire K. Duffy, Daniel P. Donahue, Garvin F. McHale, Martin D. Harrison, Duffy, Jeffrey J. Mclean and Henry J. Doherty were praised for their heroism in the line of duty.

B-3 Sergeant John P. Conroy won the medal of honor for entering a three-family building that was engulfed in fire last November. Conroy risked his own life to assist a woman and child from the second floor of the home.

Brian M. Leahy, a Dorchester man who works in District A-1- downtown was honored for his work in subduing a gun-wielding suspect on the Boston Common last May.