(The award was a surprise so we arrived incognito...behind a cluster of balloons.)
(article in the Citizen today)
"Orton, who is a master patrolman and the department's school resource officer (SRO) at Laconia High School, was praised for his "exceptional work" as the SRO and also for his "dedication to duty and professionalism."
As the SRO, Moyer said, Orton has fulfilled and exceeded "our expectations with his passion and commitment to this role."
Orton has taught classes with students, attended numerous sporting events and made himself highly visible and readily accessible to LHS students, said Moyer.
"Officer Orton has improved the relationship with the police department and the school and has us working in a close collaborative effort to ensure the safety of the student body and maintaining the laws of the state."
That relationship was evident, the chief continued, in a recent incident involving a juvenile at the Pine Street bus stop who had what was described as a handgun but later was determined to be a pellet gun. Moyer said Orton was "an instrumental part of bringing this case to a quick and safe conclusion and ensuring the safety of all involved."