Manchester Police Sgt. Brandon Murphy received the annual American Legion New Hampshire Law Enforcement Officer of the Year Award during a June 20 ceremony at Manchester Police headquarters.
Murphy was nominated by his fellow officer, Sgt. Allan Aldenberg, who cited the “remarkable work” Murphy has done over his 11-year career.
Aldenburg said he nominated Murphy because he exudes the “seven key values” of a police officer, which include: loyalty, duty, respect, selfless service, honor, integrity and personal courage.
During the past year Murphy has been assigned to the Patrol Division where he works during the midnight shift. In November of 2013, Murphy was on patrol when he identified a situation brewing on Elm Street and, as he began to investigate, had to enter into a foot pursuit as one of the subjects fled the area toward Church Street. After a brief pursuit Murphy, along with another officer, apprehended the suspect, who was later found to be armed, and consequently arrested.
This is just one of many calls for service answered by Murphy which are cited in the nomination.
Murphy also earned the 2012 Congressional Law Enforcement award for his actions during the aftermath of a shooting involving fellow Officer Dan Doherty. Murphy attended to Doherty moments after he suffered near fatal injuries, administering first aid.