Cranston Police Officer Medeiros Receives National Officer of Month Award

Monday, May 23, 2016


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Officer Brenton Medeiros

Officer Brenton Medeiros of the Cranston Police Department has received the Officer of the Month Award for May 2016 from the National Law Enforcement Memorial Fund.

“Law enforcement officers save lives every day in America, but saving two in a single week is extraordinary. Officer Medeiros’ quick thinking and humility in his heroic actions earn him the May 2016 Officer of the Month Award," said Memorial Fund President and CEO Craig W. Floyd said

Medeiros, as well as other recipients, will be honored during National Police Week at a special awards ceremony in Washington DC in May 2017. 

“I commend Officer Medeiros who, incredibly, saved the lives of two individuals in less than a week,” said Cranston Police Chief Col. Michael J. Winquist.

Benton Medeiros 

The national award comes after Medeiros saved the lives of two people in less than a week. 

On March 24, 2015, Medeiros was on his way to start his 11:30 p.m. shift at the Cranston Police Department, driving westbound on I-195 in East Providence, when he came across flames rising from North Hull Street. Medeiros pulled over and saw an SUV on fire at the end of the street, which dead-ends into a guardrail, and called 911.

Medeiros initially assumed the people he saw standing at top of the street were the vehicle’s occupants, but when he looked closer, he noticed a person still in the driver’s seat. By this time, the flames were quickly engulfing the entire engine compartment of the Range Rover and the driver was not moving.

Realizing time was running out, Officer Medeiros immediately ran towards the vehicle, down the embankment, and scaled a six-foot chain link fence that ran adjacent to the interstate. 

Upon reaching the SUV, he found the driver startled and confused. Officer Medeiros removed the driver’s seatbelt, pulled him out of the vehicle, and dragged him 30-40 feet to safety. 

By the time the fire department arrived, the car was fully engulfed in flames. The driver, former Nortek CEO Richard Bready, was taken to the hospital and has since made a full recovery. 

One Week Later 

Just one week after that incident, Medeiros was able to save a life when he administered a dose of naloxone to a 20-year-old Cranston woman who had overdosed on heroin. The victim was found unresponsive, and quickly recognizing the signs of a fatal overdose, Officer Medeiros immediately administered the department issued medication to the victim, which helped sustain her until medics arrived. 

For more information on the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund's Officer of the Month Award, click here. 

National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund 

Established in 1984, the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund is a private non-profit organization dedicated to telling the story of American law enforcement and making it safer for those who serve.

Click here for more information. 


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