SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – The Springfield Police Department held its 2022 Awards Ceremony at Symphony Hall in Springfield.

More than 70 officers, civilians and police dogs were honored with Purple Hearts, Commendations, Life-Saving and Child Birth Awards. Mayor Domenic Sarno and Superintendent Cheryl Claprood congratulated the men and women in blue for their dedicated services to the city of Springfield.

“Officer Clark and Coto’s decisiveness and professional lead to the removal of a convicted felon with a history of gun offense from our community and I’m doing so the Springfield police department recognizes them for their efforts,” Ryan Walsh, Springfield Police Public Information Officer told 22News.

Throughout the ceremony officers and their families were able to see body cam footage that showed the officers on the front lines defending and responding their communities.