Sheriff Koutoujian honors staff during Annual Employee Recognition & Award Ceremony

Correction Officer of the YearMiddlesex Sheriff Peter J Koutoujian today honored members of the Middlesex Sheriff’s Office during the 2018 Employee Recognition & Award Ceremony.

The ceremony is held annually during National Correctional Officers and Employees Week, which this year falls from May 6-12.

“The men and women of the Middlesex Sheriff’s Office play an integral role in ensuring and enhancing public safety,” said Sheriff Koutoujian.  “They are officers and deputies, teachers and nurses, social workers and administrative staff – all dedicated to keeping our communities, and those we are tasked with care for, safe.”

This year’s ceremony included recognition of uniform and civilian staff for individual and group acts of excellence over the past year.

Among those recognized this year were several officers who performed life-saving acts, officers who process and assist visitors to the facility, transportation officers who encountered and responded to emergencies in the community, and civilians who are part of the mental health and religious services staffs.

This year’s Administrator of the Year Award was presented to Captain Dan Lee, while Lieutenant Justin Fagan and Officer Danielle Caterino were named Co-Officers of the Year.

Capt. Lee is a 27-year veteran, who has served in numerous capacities with the MSO, including previously overseeing the Community Work Program.  Capt. Lee was recognized for his efforts to lead the implementation of the new offender management system (OMS), which included staff training and day-to-day management.

A 14-year veteran of the MSO, Lt. Fagan was selected as Co-Officer of the Year for his outstanding leadership and prolonged excellence.  Having previously served as a member of the training academy staff, Lt. Fagan is routinely looked to by staff for guidance during difficult situations. 

Officer Caterino is a 22-year veteran of the MSO.  Currently assigned to the mailroom, Officer Caterino plays an integral role in ensuring the safety of the Middlesex Jail & House of Correction by – among other things – preventing contraband from entering the facility via the mail. 

For the sixth consecutive time, this year’s ceremony and reception also included an appearance by Rene Rancourt to perform the “Star-Spangled Banner.”  Rancourt is the longtime anthem singer for the Boston Bruins, who retired at the end of this recently completed season.