In addition to Mike Fink, owner of Guitar Grave, 12 other citizens are scheduled to receive awards from the Portland Police Department on Saturday for their assistance in 2013. Also receiving awards will be members of the police force and employees of the department or the county jail who played special roles in law enforcement last year.

Adriane Williams, Ann-Marie Bouchard and Sandra Bailey of Portland will receive awards for helping to save a 19-year-old man who fell from a moving train near Harris Avenue on May 5. The women were among the first to respond when the man suffered severe injuries, including the amputation of one of his legs.

Raymond Gauvin will receive an award for his actions on the evening of Oct. 16. After looking out a window and believing he saw a silhouetted figure get hit by a train, he ran to the scene and searched until he found an injured man near the tracks, then called for help and began CPR. The man died, but Gauvin’s actions were called “a credit to the City of Portland.”

Tom Fenderson, manager of a convenience store on Forest Avenue, will receive an award for helping police in April catch a suspect in numerous vehicle burglaries and thefts in Portland, as well as in Falmouth, Cape Elizabeth, South Portland and Saco. Fenderson called police when he recognized the suspect from a police photo as the alleged thief entered the store, and officers made the arrest after a short chase.

Janis Beitzer, former director of Portland’s Downtown District, will receive an award for her support of public safety and police efforts downtown, including her support of a police cadet program and a response team that gets homeless people into shelters and connected with services.

Nancy Carroll and Steve Hagyari from the Trophy Warehouse will receive awards for donating their time, materials and expertise to a project honoring five Portland police officers who have died in the line of duty.


Thomas Chalmers McLaughlin and Karen Compton of the University of New England School of Social Work will receive awards for helping the police department conduct a survey of residents in May that is intended to help the department better serve residents.

Victim Witness Advocate Janice Hackett will receive an award for facilitating and maintaining a relationship with the family of murder victim Margarita Fisenko-Scott, which helped lead police to the recovery of the firearm used in her death as well as to the arrest of her alleged killer.

Portland software developer Michael Santerre will be recognized for working with Portland Police Department crime analyst Lisa Reagan for developing innovative crime analysis software that has moved Portland into the “intelligence led police era.”

CORRECTION: This story was updated at 5:17 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 7, 2014 to correct the name of the University of New England School of Social Work.

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