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Police Department
October 20, 2017



MIDDLETOWN, R.I., In a ceremony held on October 16, 2017 the Middletown Police Department honored Officer Christian Orellana and swore in Officer Paul Ciaravino and Officer Kevin Ferris as Probationary Patrol Officers.

On March 1, 2017 at 2316 hrs. Officers Christian Orellana and Adam Iskra were dispatched to a Middletown residence for a report of an unresponsive infant.

Officer Orellana was the first to arrive on scene and entered the residence.  He observed the two week old infant girl limp in her mother’s arm and did not appear to be breathing.  He took the baby, administered blows to the back and started chest compressions.

After two cycles of CPR the baby expelled liquid from her mouth and nose and started to take shallow breaths.  Officer Orellana continued to hold the baby, patting her lightly on her back until rescue arrived.  The infant was then handed over to Middletown Rescue personnel.  Prior to the rescue transporting the infant girl to the hospital, her color returned to normal and she was breathing on her own.

Officer Orellana’s actions reflect the tradition of excellence in law enforcement long associated with the Town of Middletown.

As the result of a review of his actions by the department awards committee, Officer Orellana was awarded the Life Saving Ribbon.

Paul Ciaravino, a Wyckoff New Jersey native and current resident of North Kingstown RI, was sworn in as a Probationary Patrol Officer.  He worked for GEM Plumbing before joining the department.  He is a graduate of the Rhode Island Municipal Policy Academy class of 2016-II. Officer Ciaravino received a Bachelor’s Degree in the Administration of Justice from Salve Regina University.  Officer Ciaravino is currently assigned to the B2 shift.  His girlfriend, Melissa Gemma, pinned on his badge.

Kevin Ferris, a Portsmouth RI native, was sworn in as a Probationary Patrol Officer.  He was previously employed by Griff Electric.  He is a graduate of the Rhode Island Municipal Police Academy class of 2017-I.  Officer Ferris received a Bachelor’s Degree in Science from the New England Institute of Technology.  Officer Ferris has recently completed the Field Training Program and is currently assigned to the A2 shift.  His mother, Joann Ferris, pinned on his badge.

Probationary Officer Kevin Ferris (left) and Probationary Officer Paul Ciaravino (2nd from left) are sworn in by the Town Clerk Wendy Marshall (center) as Chief Pesare (right) looks on.

Chief Pesare pins the Life Saving Medal on Officer Orellana.

Any questions can be directed to Lt. Jason M. Ryan of the Administrative Services Division at .



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