WEBSTER – Police Officer Robert Rockwood received a proclamation and standing ovation during Monday’s selectmen’s meeting for rescuing a woman while she was being stabbed Dec. 9.
Police Chief Timothy J. Bent said in an interview that when the attack was reported, Officer Rockwood arrived quickly, entered the apartment and forced his way into the bedroom.
Working by himself, Officer Rockwood caught the suspect, the chief said. Officer Rockwood then directed Dudley police, who had arrived for backup, to show emergency medical personnel to the bedroom to quickly tend to the victim.
“If he didn’t arrive in time, I really think it would have been horrific, a lot worse than it was,” the chief said.
Zachary Orlowski, 27, of 10 Sterns St., Apt. 3, Worcester, was subsequently charged with armed assault with the intent to murder, assault and battery with a dangerous weapon, violating an abuse prevention order, assault and battery and two counts of assault and battery with a dangerous weapon.
Officer Rockwood has been with the Police Department since 2016. The chief said Officer Rockwood acted beyond his years of experience.
Reading from the citation, Andrew Jolda, chairman of the Board of Selectmen,said: “Officer Rockwood, you face what we fear. It is a privilege to have you as a member of the Webster Police Department.”
In other business, the board amended the town’s agreement with a medical marijuana cultivator at 30 Worcester Road. Town Administrator Douglas C. Willardson said Middleboro-based Mass Organic Therapy was purchased by Curaleaf Massachusetts of Hanover. The changes to the 2015 agreement reflect the new name and address.
Mr. Willardson also discussed his goals from the last calendar year, and the starting point of draft goals for this year. Last year’s accomplishments included the convening of a substance abuse task force. The administrator said it was successful in reaching those who were most in need. With a targeted intervention approach, he said, those people have been responsive to receiving help.