(Saugus, MA) July 14, 2017 – Town Manager Scott C. Crabtree and Saugus Police Chief Domenic DiMella are pleased to announce that the Horses and Heroes Foundation will name a police horse in honor of Saugus Police Lieutenant Detective David Gecoya during a dedication ceremony on Tuesday, July 18 at 3 p.m. at the Saugus Iron Works, located at 244 Central Street in Saugus.
This great honor stems from Lt. Detective Gecoya’s role in a March, 2012 police chase, during which Lt. Detective Gecoya pursued a bank robbery and carjacking suspect from Saugus into Malden. Officers from the Malden Police Department were exchanging gunfire with the suspect when Gecoya arrived on the scene, and he played a crucial role in the detainment of the suspects, as well as bringing those involved to safety.
Lt. Detective Gecoya was awarded the 2013 Trooper George L. Hanna Award for bravery, the State of Massachusetts’ highest honor for bravery, for his role in the chase. Lt. Detective Gecoya is the first member of the Saugus Police Department to have received this Honor.“It is a great honor for the Horses and Heroes Foundation to name a police horse after our own Saugus Police Lieutenant Detective Gecoya,” said Town Manager Crabtree. “Lieutenant Detective Gecoya’s actions exemplified extreme bravery and we in the Town of Saugus are lucky to have him as a member of our public safety department, working hard to keep our residents safe every day.”
Lt. Detective Gecoya will be honored for his bravery during the dedication ceremony next week. All are welcome to attend the public event. Attendees will include Town Manager Crabtree, Police Chief DiMella and other members of the Saugus Police Department, as well as members of the Gecoya family.
For more information, please contact the Town Manager’s office at 781-231-4111.