The Somerville Police Department took time to celebrate officers who exceeded expectations during the past year at a ceremony at police headquarters on Tuesday.
More than 50 awards were given in categories ranging from facing danger in the line of duty to saving lives.
Actions that were deemed worthy of praise varied widely. Among those honored was E911 Dispatcher Maureen Lewon, who saved the life of a suicidal woman with the help of three officers. Officer Steven St. Hilaire was also among those honored for saving a life for resuscitating 3-year-old who stopped breathing.
Also included was the Traffic Unit "Top Gun" award, given to Officer Steven Johnson for writing the most citations during the past year.
"I want to thank you on behalf of the city for everything you've done," Mayor Joe Curtatone said before posing with each recipient. "Your hard work doesn't always go unnoticed."
"If you don't hear it, I'll tell you right now the people who live and work here see the results on the street," Curtatone added.
Police Chief Anthony Holloway, recently announced as one of two remaining candidates for the police chief position in Clearwater, Fla., took a moment to thank Curtatone for his support of the department.
"I've been here for two years, and it's good having a boss saying, 'What do you need and what else do you want?'" Holloway said.