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United States Attorney Scott W. Murray Honors Law Enforcement Personnel for Excellence in the Pursuit of Justice

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, District of New Hampshire

           CONCORD – United States Attorney Scott W. Murray recognized 26 officials from federal, state, and local law enforcement agencies for Excellence in the Pursuit of Justice at an awards ceremony today.

            “I am pleased to recognize these law enforcement professionals who have demonstrated a commitment to maintaining public safety through the pursuit of justice,” said U.S. Attorney Murray.  “Each day, our law enforcement colleagues do tremendous work to protect our community from violent crime, drug trafficking, sexual predators, and many other dangers.  These brave law enforcement officers are our first line of defense against crime and they deserve our recognition and respect.  I salute all of our award recipients and am grateful for their contributions.”

            The event, held at the U.S. District Court in Concord, highlighted investigative teams who worked together on several important investigations, and also honored several individuals for their contributions on multiple cases or special projects. Those honored worked on a variety of matters, including cases involving drug trafficking, violent crime, fraud, and the sexual exploitation of children.

           Each honoree was recognized for his or her commitment to Excellence in the Pursuit of Justice and was presented with a commemorative plaque and certificate.

            Recognized individuals were:          

          Special Agent Philip Bleezarde, DHS/ICE

          Special Agent Thomas M. Dalton, FBI

          Supervisory Special Agent Michael Gibeley, FBI

          Special Agent Steven Kimball, FBI

          Special Agent Brian P. LeBlanc, FBI

          Supervisory Special Agent Philip Christiana, FBI

          Norman "Chip" Houle, Criminal Investigator, New Hampshire Attorney General’s Office

          U.S. Postal Inspector Bruce Sweet, Postal Inspection Service

          Intelligence Analyst Laura Houle Tongbua, DEA

          Special Agent David Furtado, FDA-OCI

          Detective Matthew Barter, Manchester Police Department

          Special Agent Jonathan Posthumus, DHS/HSI

          Special Agent Erol Catalan, DHS/HSI

          Special Agent Joseph "Lance" Lopez, DHS/HSI

          Louisiana State Trooper Georgiana Kibodeaux

          Detective Joseph L. Chaput, Concord Police Department

          Detective Sergeant Eric Albright, Vermont State Police

          Corporal Michael Sorensen, Vermont State Police

          Special Agent Shawn Serra, DHS/HSI

          Special Agent Ronald M. Morin, DHS/HSI

          Det. Scott Tompkins, Derry Police Department

          Trooper Sean Sweeney, New Hampshire State Police

          Protective Security Advisor Jason Climer, DHS/CISA

          Special Agent Casey MacDonald, DEA

          Detective Patrick Broderick, Hudson Police Department

          Intelligence Analyst Michelle Blais, DEA


Updated May 31, 2019

Press Release Number: 19-086