Athol firefighter receives commendation from Police Department

  • Athol Fire Captain Jamal Hamilton, standing, was honored with a letter of commendation from the Athol Police Department during a recent meeting of the town's Selectboard. Police Sgt. Jarret Mousseau, center, told the board Hamilton was being honored for this actions during an incident at Silver Lake Cemetery on Sept. 7. Athol Deputy Fire Chief Jeff Parker, left, looks on. For the Athol Daily News/Greg Vine

For the Athol Daily News
Published: 9/16/2022 3:52:50 PM
Modified: 9/16/2022 3:52:21 PM

ATHOL — At the Tuesday, Sept. 13, meeting of Athol’s Selectboard, Athol Fire Department Capt. Jamal Hamilton was presented with a commendation from the town’s Police Department for his actions during an incident at Silver Lake Cemetery on Wednesday, Sept. 7.

Police Sgt. Jarret Mousseau told the board that officers were summoned to the scene at around 8:15 p.m., having received a call reporting a possible homicide. He and officers Steve Adams and Madison Chevarie responded, as did members of the Athol Fire Department.

Reading from a prepared statement, Mousseau explained, “Officers arrived to find two intoxicated male subjects and one female subject. One of the male subjects was bleeding from his face and appeared to have been assaulted. The officers tried for several minutes to deescalate and calm the other male subject, who was very agitated by police being there. The subject refused to calm down.”

Mousseau then told the board that the person who had called police, and who was also intoxicated, arrived on the scene and began assaulting the male whom police were trying to calm down. The female subject then began kicking the reporting party.

“All of this was going on,” said Mousseau, “while officers (were) also trying to assess the medical needs of the injured party, still on the ground.

“While this was occurring,” the sergeant continued reading, “the agitated male subject, who had been knocked to the ground due to being assaulted, got to his feet and attempted to physically attack (Mousseau) from behind. Athol Fire Capt. Jamal Hamilton risked his own physical safety and was able to take the male subject to the ground before he could assault (the sergeant). Capt. Hamilton held the male subject on the ground until he could be handcuffed.”

Units from the Orange Police Department and Massachusetts State Police then arrived to help bring the incident under control, according to Mousseau. All three subjects were ultimately placed under arrest and taken to the Athol Police Department. The injured male, he said, was transported to Athol Hospital.

“For his bravery, quick thinking and reaction to a volatile situation,” Mousseau concluded, “Capt. Hamilton is being recognized and awarded this letter of commendation from the Athol Police Department. There is no doubt the incident would have been much worse had Captain Hamilton not stepped up and responded above and beyond his usual call to duty.

“Jamal, thank you for your service.”

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