Topics: Police, Fire And Harbormaster News

ORLEANS — A new police station. A new DPW headquarters. A new tech school. And, coming down the road, a proposed rebuild of Nauset Regional High School and a library building project. You might say that some voters were edifice wrecks when they went to the polls in May and saw a $50,000 item for a “study to replace/renovate” the fire station near the bottom of the ballot. Although the study had sailed throug...

Climbing The Ladder In The Harwich Fire Department

By: William F. Galvin

HARWICH — There are a number of fire department members climbing the career ladder and a few making the first step. Many were recognized in a swearing-in ceremony last Friday. With the retirement of long-time veteran department members Fire Inspector Brian Coughlan and EMS Officer Ron Sanders, department members and friends came to celebrate the appointment of Bruce J. Young as the new fire inspector and Paul ...

Man Seriously Hurt In Cannon Blast

By: Alan Pollock

NORTH CHATHAM — A man was badly hurt following a mishap with a cannon Saturday afternoon. With ambulances committed to other four other rescues in Chatham at the time, an Orleans ambulance was dispatched at 12:42 p.m. to 2 Salt Pond Rd., North Chatham, the Gerald Milden residence, for a report of a man shot with a cannonball. Deputy Chatham Fire Chief David DePasquale was the first rescuer on scene, and s...

When natural disasters or other emergencies happen, town officials are always in need of trained workers to help with a variety of tasks, from answering phones and helping with paperwork to directing traffic and staffing shelters. To that end, the towns of Brewster, Orleans, Chatham and Harwich are creating a new regional Community Emergency Response Team and will be offering the first training session shortly. ...

CHATHAM — When it comes to providing emergency medical services, firefighters do what they can to help their patients make a complete recovery. But Chatham Firefighter Paramedic Michael Lopriore is going the extra mile—with a dog leash in his hand. Lopriore and his colleagues were repeatedly called to help a resident suffering from a severe medical condition. “It was kind of an ongoing thing. It was getti...

Vandals Target Harwich Beaches

By: Alan Pollock

HARWICH — Vandalism at parks and beaches is nothing new, but this year’s activity is worse than the occasional upturned bench or overturned trash can. “I’ve been here for 14 years, and I’ve never seen it as bad as this,” Harwich Recreation Director Eric Beebe said. Late at night on Aug. 12, vandals struck the bathhouse at Bank Street Beach, plugging sinks, ripping a urinal from the wall and apparently try...

ORLEANS — Jeremy Gingras, the former executive director of the Harwich Chamber of Commerce, has been accused of embezzling funds from the chamber and its charitable foundation for years before he was fired in 2017. According to a conservative estimate from a forensic accountant, Gingras allegedly received at least $37,712.73 from the scheme. On Tuesday, Gingras was in Orleans District Court to answer two cou...

An Eastham man died while paddleboarding off Nauset Light Beach Sunday afternoon, having apparently suffered a medical emergency while in the water. Because of shoaling at Nauset Inlet, the closest rescue boats had to come from Chatham, about 12 miles to the south. And had the tide been lower, some of those rescuers might also have been prevented from responding because of shoaling in Chatham Harbor. Respon...

Ousted Chamber Exec Gingras Accused Of Embezzlement

By: Alan Pollock

ORLEANS — Jeremy Gingras, the former executive director of the Harwich Chamber of Commerce, has been accused of embezzling funds from the chamber and its charitable foundation for years before he was fired in 2017. According to a conservative estimate from a forensic accountant, Gingras allegedly received at least $37,712.73 from the scheme. On Tuesday, Gingras was in Orleans District Court to answer two cou...

No Serious Injuries In Pleasant Lake House Fire

By: Cape Cod Chronicle

PLEASANT LAKE - Three Harwich Police officers were evaluated for smoke inhalation after entering a burning building Tuesday evening, looking for people trapped by the fire. The fire happened shortly before 5:30 p.m. at 25 Cedardale Rd., and the initial report was that fire was showing from a window. Officers arrived just before firefighters, and heard from neighbors that the occupants might still be inside ...

Chief: Dummy Prank Has Real Costs

By: Alan Pollock

WEST HARWICH — If it was a joke, public safety officials aren’t laughing. On Monday afternoon, police and firefighters were called to the Herring River marsh near the North Road footbridge for a report of a man face-down in the water. Unable to reach him from the opposite bank of the river, firefighters launched a full response by the regional dive team, as well as their own rescue boat. They summoned anothe...

Promoted Harwich Police Officers Sworn In

By: William F. Galvin

HARWICH – It was a room full of blues as police officers from near and far came to the Harwich Public Safety Facility on Sisson Road to observe the swearing-in ceremonies of officers ascending the chain of command. Following the retirement of Deputy Police Chief Thomas Gagnon on April 6 after 33 years of service to the department, Police Chief David Guillemette conducted an extensive promotional selection proc...

Gagnon Reflects On 33 Years With Harwich Police

By: Alan Pollock

HARWICH — When Tom Gagnon started work with the Harwich Police Department in 1986, the job was a bit different. Law enforcement involved less paperwork, the number of calls was much lower, and what's now known as community policing was just, well, policing. This week, Gagnon will retire as deputy chief after a 33-year career in Harwich. It’s actually been a public safety career of around 40 years for Gagnon,...

One Hurt In ATV Accident At Cape Tech

By: Cape Cod Chronicle

PLEASANT LAKE — A teacher working with students on the grounds at Cape Cod Tech was injured this morning in an accident involving an all-terrain vehicle. Boston MedFlight was requested but was later cancelled; the victim taken to Cape Cod Hospital by ambulance. Cape Tech Superintendent Robert Sanborn said the person injured is a member of the school staff and that he suffered broken ribs.  The accident is unde...

Harwich Man Dies When Truck Flips On Highway

By: Cape Cod Chronicle

NORTH HARWICH —State police are trying to determine what caused a fatal truck accident on Route 6 early Saturday morning. At around 2:15 a.m., Massachusetts State Police troopers responded to the crash between Exit 9 and 10, and found an overturned tractor trailer cab. The driver, 46-year-old David Marceline of Harwich, was killed. A preliminary investigation by Trooper Gary Turgiss indicates that the cab, ...