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Local hero in blue honored by McDonald's

by Tara Giles
Sports reporter - Coos County Democrat and Berlin Reporter

Colebrook Police Department Sergeant Joe Caron is pictured here with members of the Lancaster Police Department including Chief Tim Charbonneau and patrolman Dakota Lurvey. Colebrook Police Chief Steve Cass and McDonalds General Manager Kelly Macie along with Caron's daughter were also present while Caron received his Community Policing Award. L-R Lurvey, Cass, Caron, Caron's daughter and Macie. (Photo by Tara Giles) (click for larger version)
October 11, 2018
LANCASTER — Several New Hampshire police officers from various departments were the recipients of the Community Policing Awards during McDonald's Statewide Fundraiser for the New Hampshire Chiefs of Police Association. The 54 McDonald's franchisees across New Hampshire donated a portion of their sales between 4 and 7 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 3 to benefit the association. Roughly $50,000 was expected to be raised.

Sixty-one officers throughout the state were recognized with community police awards, including Sgt. Joe Caron of Colebrook. Caron is a veteran of the Iraq War. He was wounded in action and nearly lost his right hand during his tour. Sergeant Caron's wound happened as a result of heroism. Caron left cover to pull another wounded soldier from the line of fire.

After his time in the military, Caron became a full time police officer and has been with the Colebrook Police Department since 2001.

Recently, Caron responded to a call of an overdose. When he arrived on scene he noticed that the patient was unresponsive and not breathing. Caron noticed that the CPR that was being administered was not working so he took over. Caron was successful and the patient began breathing on their own. When the ambulance arrived the patient was given Narcan which saved the patient's life.

Colebrook Police Chief Steve Cass added his thoughts on Caron, "It's pretty easy to see a man go through his career working nights all the time, you don't hear about all of the things he does and he's so humble about it. He definitely goes above and beyond doing things people never know about."

Cass joked, "He actually tries to hide them because he doesn't like the acknowledgement. He does things for people he doesn't have to do."

The money raised during this event will be used to fund high-quality law enforcement training and the continued development of the profession of law enforcement toward the police's efforts in supporting the communities they serve.

Pat Sullivan, Executive Director of the New Hampshire Association of Chiefs of Police, said, "The New Hampshire Association of Chiefs of Police enjoyed participating in the McDonald's inaugural fundraising efforts in 2016 and looks forward to partnering with McDonalds again this year. This effort raises money for continued training programs that allow us to best maintain the safety of New Hampshire residents. We also appreciate the opportunity to interact with local families and community members to shed light on our jobs in law enforcement, building on one on one connections."

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