Greenfield Police Chief Haigh, Lt. Gordon receive awards

  • Tara Krok, of Greenfield, greets Clarence and Rosie with Laura and William Gordon of the Greenfield Police Department on Main Street in Greenfield in 2014. Staff FILE PHOTO/PAUL FRANZ

  • Greenfield Police Officer Laura Gordon, left, and Lt. William Gordon pose for a portrait with their St. Bernard therapy dogs, then 9-week-old Donut, and 7-year-old Clarence, last year. Staff FILE PHOTO/Dan Little

  • Greenfield Police Lt. William Gordon COURTESY Photo/GREENFIELD POLICE DEPARTMENT

  • Greenfield Police Chief Robert Haigh Jr. COURTESY Photo/GREENFIELD POLICE DEPARTMENT

  • Greenfield Police Chief Robert Haigh Jr., second from left, was presented with the Western Massachusetts Chiefs of Police Association’s 25th annual Phil Hano Award at a banquet at The Log Cabin in Holyoke on Tuesday. COURTESY Photo/GREENFIELD POLICE DEPARTMENT

  • Greenfield Police Lt. William Gordon, second from right, received the Western Massachusetts Chiefs of Police Association’s Richard G. Werenski Officer of the Year Award at a banquet at The Log Cabin in Holyoke on Tuesday. COURTESY Photo/GREENFIELD POLICE DEPARTMENT

Staff Writer
Published: 12/11/2019 10:32:03 PM

GREENFIELD — Greenfield Police Lt. William Gordon and Chief Robert Haigh Jr. received honors from the Western Massachusetts Chiefs of Police Association at its annual banquet Tuesday.

Gordon was presented with the Richard G. Werenski Officer of the Year Award and, in a surprise to him, Haigh received the 25th annual Phil Hano Award at The Log Cabin in Holyoke.

Haigh nominated Gordon for his work with the department’s comfort dog program, which Gordon handles with his wife, Officer Laura Gordon. The Gordons travel the country with St. Bernard dogs Clarence and Donut to provide comfort to first responders and family members directly affected by traumatic events. But Haigh had no idea he would be presented with an award himself until his name was called at the banquet.

Both men said they were humbled to receive their awards.

“There’s so many officers in Western Mass. that I see on a continuous basis that have had critical instances in their towns and have helped their community members with tragic incidents that would be just as or more deserving,” Gordon, 49, said Wednesday. “I’m honored to have received the award and I’m honored to hold the leash of these animals that have done so much for Western Mass. and the country as a whole.

“What a great dream job it is to be able to do that,” he added.

The dogs’ résumé includes stops in Las Vegas, Nev., after the Route 91 Harvest music festival shooting in 2017 and Pittsburgh, Pa., following the Tree of Life synagogue shooting in 2018.

Gordon, a Sunderland native who has been with the Greenfield Police Department for 25 years, explained he was diagnosed with post-traumatic stress disorder in 2007. He said a St. Bernard dog helped him, and he noticed the pooch helped others as well.

Haigh, 44, who came to the Greenfield Police Department from Orange six years ago, said receiving the Phil Hano Award was a wonderful surprise on his last day as president of the Western Massachusetts Chiefs of Police Association. Agawam Police Chief Eric Gillis took over as association president.

“I was a little taken aback,” he said. “It’s really nice to be recognized by your peers, and I appreciate it.”

Reach Domenic Poli at: dpoli@recorder.com or
413-772-0261, ext. 262.


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