Two state police detectives whose work led to convictions this year in two cold case murders were among eight state police officers from Troop E who were recognized in a ceremony Friday in Meriden.
The ceremony is held twice a year to honor troopers “who demonstrate exceptional service in the line of duty.
Detectives David Lamoureux and Terence McFadden were awarded the Meritorious Service Medal for rendering “service with a high degree of alertness, perseverance and superior judgment in the performance of a difficult task resulting in the protection of life, recovery of property, the prevention of — or solving of — a major crime or the apprehension of an armed or dangerous person.”
McFadden helped solve the May 14, 2004, murder of Eugene Mallove in Norwich. In April and in the middle of his trial on the murder charge, Chad M. Schaffer pleaded guilty to the crime. Schaffer was arrested in 2010.
Lamoureux’s work also helped the state in April convict Dickie E. Anderson Jr. of murder. Anderson was convicted of killing Renee Pellegrino on June 25, 1997, in Waterford.
Also honored Friday was Trooper Collin Konow, who earned a medal for outstanding service for convincing a suspect in a domestic violence incident to turn himself in in May. The man had left his girlfriend for dead in Sprague.
Trooper First Class Martin Sullivan earned a lifesaving medal for pulling a woman from a burning car south of Exit 77 on Interstate 395 in May.
Troopers David Abely and Timothy Paige also earned lifesaving medals for saving a suicidal man in May. The man jumped from a ledge in North Stonington with a metal dog leash around his neck, but the troopers were able to slow the man’s descent and relieve the pressure before he could kill himself.
Trooper David Hayes earned a lifesaving medal, too. He and his K-9 Scout tracked down a 79-year-old East Lyme resident with Alzheimer’s disease who had wandered off into the woods in April.
Also awarded a lifesaving medal was Trooper Carlos Guerra, who saved a man and his child in June after their canoe capsized on a pond in Salem. Guerra was off-duty at the time.
Award winners received medals and certificates from Commissioner Reuben F. Bradford and State Police Col. Danny R. Stebbins.