The City of Saco Police Department has begun a program to recognize Good Samaritans among the city's residents. When a member of the police force witnesses a resident helping another, he or she can present the resident with a "challenge coin," a coin featuring the police department's badge on one side and the law enforcement oath on the other.
"This is a way to recognize the good deeds that citizens do for each other that go above and beyond the normal courtesies that society expects," said former Police Chief Bradley Paul.
Below are the stories of Challenge Coin recipients:Investing a plea for assistance leads to lifesaving call
Upon hearing a cry for help, Saco resident Michelle Charleson alerts police and thwarts a drowning.
Good Description Results in Burglary Arrest
Concerned Citizen Reports Animal Abuse
Hit and Run Nets Summons for Fleeing Operator
Car Burglar Apprehended by Citizen
Animal Cruelty Case Successfully Prosecuted
Dog rescued at Funtown, USA
Man Pulled From River
Man helps other diner at restaurant
12-year-old stays calm during possible break-in
Passersby assist accident victims, times 3!
Quick thinking averts tragedy
Passerby Benefits Fellow Citizen
This citizen helped save the cost of a wrecker with a jack, a plan and the will to help.
This ATM Was a Little Too Automated!
No Horsing Around
Lucky Owner Gets Wallet Returned
Quick-thinking accident witness
Neighbors helping neighbors
Assisting in capture of a bank robber
Looking out for others
Calm actions under pressure
Springtime danger on the ice
Keeping an eye out for his neighbor
Help during a hard winter