Well Done!

To Members of the YPD, 

It gives me great pleasure to inform you that three of our officers have been selected to receive one of the 2016 Police Officer Medal of Valor Awards, presented annually by the Connecticut Police Chiefs Association:

  • Sergeant Christopher Halstead
  • Officer Daniel Cavanaugh
  • Officer Danny Sentementes.
From Left to Right: Officer Sentementes, Officer Cavanaugh & Sergeant Halstead 

This award recognizes police officers who distinguish themselves by extraordinary acts of heroism, in a single event, where bravery and/or self-sacrifice is clearly demonstrated, under life-threatening circumstances with imminent threats to personal safety. 

Our officers exhibited this behavior during the early morning hours of July 5, 2015 while responding to a suspicious person who was among a very large crowd.  A foot pursuit ensued and behind the officers, gunfire rang out.  The officers were able to catch the fleeing subject and retrieve the loaded gun he discarded moments before his capture.  Sergeant Christopher Halstead, Officer Daniel Cavanaugh and Officer Danny Sentementes are being recognized for their exemplary response, restraint and professionalism in apprehending an armed, convicted felon.


The formal presentation of the Medal of Valor Award will take place on Thursday, September 22nd, at 11:00 a.m. at the Stone Barn-Whitney Farms Golf Course, in Monroe, Connecticut.


Please join me in congratulating these officers for their valorous acts.




Ronnell Higgins

Director of Public Safety and Chief of Police Yale University

Yale University | 2 Whitney Grove Square | Suite 540 | New Haven | CT | 06510