Plymouth: Marathon bombing responders honored, new officers sworn in

Specially trained Plymouth police officers who responded to the Boston Marathon bombing emergency were honored by Selectmen this week and 7 new officers were sworn-in.

A group of officers who are specially trained to respond in emergency situations and took part in the police action in the aftermath of the Marathon bombing were honored at the Selectmen’s meeting on Tuesday night. Chief Michael Botieri:

“Those officers responded to the Marathon bombing, starting on Monday and throughout the week on shifts, up to and including Friday when they had the manhunt..”

The officers were involved in special training as part of the Metro Law Enforcement Council:

“They train twice a month in the specific areas that they’re assigned, so when these type of call-outs come out, they’re ready to go and they’re trained to work with these officers from the 46 other communities.”

The seven new police officers do increase the force, but more are needed, Botieri says.

“It’s a step in the right direction, but people do need to know you need several officers because we work twenty-four hours day. We’re at 100 and we’ll hire three more in September.”




Seven new Plymouth police officers sworn-in

New Plymouth Police officers:

Officer Ryan Antonson

Officer Derek Back

Officer Steven Harrington

Officer Bachir Kouta

Officer Stephen Powers

Officer Eric Savard

Officer Michael Welch



MetroLEC Officers:

Chief Michael Botieri, SWAT Control Chief


Specially trained Plymouth police officers who responded to the Boston Marathon bombing emergency were honored by Selectmen this week


Sargeant. Scott Vecchi, SWAT Operator

Detective David Ross, SWAT Operator

Detective Charles Warnock, Special Investigations Unit

Officer Jason Higgins, Regional Response Unit

Officer Jonathan Scharath, Regional Response Unit

Officer Gregory Maloney, Motor Officer –MOP Unit

Officer Marc Higgins/K-9 Shirley – K-9 Unit

Officer James LeBretton/K-9 Kaiser – K-9 Unit

About Bobbi Clark

Bobbi Clark is a Plymouth area reporter at WATD. She began her career in radio as a producer at a news/talk radio station in Chicago. From there she went to WMAQ-TV, the NBC owned and operated television station in Chicago, As a producer there, she won 5 Emmy Awards for production of special programming. Bobbi is a graduate of Emerson College, with a degree in Writing, Publishing and Literature.