SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – State and local law enforcement officers were honored at the annual Police Association Awards Ceremony Thursday in Springfield.

Officers from across state were recognized for their valiant efforts, hard work, and unwavering commitment to the communities they serve.

The officers received a variety of prestigious awards such as the Medal of Valor, distinguished service awards, as well as the Paul Doherty Award, which is presented for exceptional service and contributions toward advancing the police profession.

Lt. James Guido, Chairman of the Massachusetts Police Association Awards Committee, told 22News about the significance of today’s ceremony. “I hope that people realize the sacrifice that these officers make especially for their families and the sacrifice the families have to make for these officers and to realize that the police really true everything they can do help protect people every day,” said Guido.

Officers were joined by their friends and family as well as local and state dignitaries.

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