Cambridge Police Officer Honored for Protecting Foreign Official

Actions prevented motorcade from being forced to take “undesirable action”


Lyons AwardCambridge Police Officer Stephen Lyons of the Cambridge Police Traffic Enforcement Unit was honored by the Bureau of Diplomatic Security, the security and law enforcement arm of the U.S. Department of State.  The ceremony was held at 11 a.m. on March 14 inside the Thomas P. "Tip" O'Neill Federal Building in Boston.

Scott P. Bultrowicz, Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary, Bureau of Diplomatic Security, and Director of the Diplomatic Security Service, presented Officer Lyons with a plaque for the actions he took to protect the motorcade of the Deputy Prime Minister of Vietnam during his visit to Cambridge on February 15, 2012. 

While performing dignitary protection duty and escorting the Deputy Prime Minister of Vietnam through Cambridge, Officer Lyons acted quickly when the dignitary’s motorcade came in contact with a group of unruly individuals who moved toward the motorcade in a threatening manner.  Officer Lyons interceded to thwart any danger from occurring, secured the disorderly persons, and prevented the motorcade from being forced to take “undesirable action.”

“Officer Lyons’ award highlights the close relationship we have with our federal partners,” said Cambridge Police Commissioner Robert C. Haas.  “This relationship is crucial to providing the service and protection necessary for the many dignitaries who visit Cambridge.”

Trooper Douglas Loring of the Massachusetts State Police was also honored at the ceremony for a separate incident during a dignitary’s visit to Boston.

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