Cottage Hill Academy hosts Police Appreciation barbecue and K-9 demonstration

  • Officer Adam Brougham with K-9 Theia from Belchertown PD. submitted photo

  • K9 Clyde with his gifts from the kids.

  • Left to right — Officer Adam Brougham, Sgt Derek Hall Templeton PD, Kendra Maltis Director of Congregate Care, Mark Thout Vice President of Residential Services, Charity Chaffee Director of Acute Care, Diana Duffy Director of Milieu and Programming, Sgt Bill Chapman Phillipston PD, Intern (name not available), and Officer James Wironen and K-9 Clyde.​​​​​​

  • Sgt Bill Chapman with bloodhound Whitey who is part of the Houndsmen group.

  • Officer James Wironen with K-9 Clyde from Winchendon PD.

Published: 9/10/2019 9:07:14 PM

WINCHENDON — Recently, members of the Winchendon and Belchertown Police Departments visited YOU, Inc.’s Cottage Hill Academy in Baldwinville for a Police Appreciation Barbecue hosted by Cottage Hill staff, with assistance from the youth in their care.

Under beautiful, sunny skies the police officers and their service dogs, including members of the “Houndsmen” search team, led K-9 demonstrations that showcased the dogs’ special training and roles in their respective departments.

Winchendon officer and handler James Wironen and his German Shepherd Clyde – along with Belchertown officer Adam Broughman and his Dutch Shepherd Theia and Belgian Malinois Apache – explained and demonstrated the dogs’ abilities to detect narcotics, assist in patrols, and scent and search for missing persons. The dogs were rewarded with gift baskets of blankets and toys made and bought by Cottage Hill youth, who also took the time to bake special cupcakes with paw prints for the festivities.

Cottage Hill Academy works closely with the Winchendon PD, including Officer Wironen and Lieutenant Kevin Wolski, along with many other local officers who thoughtfully support their work and the youth in care at Cottage Hill. The program is grateful for their strong working relationships with the Templeton and Baldwinville Police Departments, and for those departments’ ongoing support.

Across the agency and at Cottage Hill Academy, the staff are committed to maintaining positive relationships with local police departments and first responders. At Cottage Hill, planning for the holiday activities with the officers has already begun, including hosting holiday meals with them on the campus, and assisting with the departments’ toy drives.

About Cottage Hill Academy:

Located in Northern Central Massachusetts, Cottage Hill Academy provides a comprehensive range of residential, educational, and therapeutic services on a self-contained campus. Children at the Academy are ages 6-20 and are often survivors of traumatic life events such as physical abuse, sexual abuse, exposure to domestic violence, neglect, and loss of a parent. At Cottage Hill they receive the support and care they need to overcome this trauma, and heal.

YOU, Inc. is a private non-profit behavioral health and education organization serving at-risk children, adolescents and families in Central MA since 1971. For more than 48 years, YOU, Inc.’s approach to organizational growth has been to focus on its founding mission while building the organizational capacity to integrate new systems, practices, and approaches into innovative and highly effective programs. Each year YOU, Inc. provides individual services to more than 12,000 children, adolescents and families throughout Central Massachusetts.


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