Cpl. Frank Pulsoni of the Buxton Police Department receives the Buxton Neighborhood Watch Group Community Policing Award from the group’s coordinator, David Kessler, on Dec. 22. Looking on is Buxton Police Chief Troy Cline.
BUXTON — The Neighborhood Watch Group on Dec. 22 presented Cpl. Frank Pulsoni its 2017 award, recognizing the veteran for his outstanding work in community policing.
“The award goes to the individual who shows the most effort throughout the calendar year in establishing and maintaining positive relationships in the community,” Sherry Kessler, spokeswoman for the neighborhood group, said in an email to the American Journal.
Pulsoni said Wednesday the award took him by surprise. “I was blindsided,” he said.
Starting in 1980, Pulsoni worked with the Fire Department, ran rescue and served as a dispatcher. In 1987, he worked for York County Sheriff’s Department.
He has served with the Buxton Police Department for three decades. Police Chief Troy Cline said Pulsoni has the longest tenure with the department beginning in 1989, when it was a constable service.
“Cpl. Pulsoni is well-known by residents in Buxton as a caring and compassionate police officer,” Cline said. “Citizens often ask for Frank to handle their specific complaint or to simply answer a question.”
Pulsoni has served three police chiefs. He has seen the town grow and remembers when it had no traffic signals. “Now, we have three,” he said.
The Neighborhood Watch Group was formed in 2014 following a home invasion on Callahan Road in Chicopee and in response to a rash of burglaries over the years. Kessler said the group has expanded townwide since Cline was named chief.
Pulsoni appears to be a legend throughout the town. “Everyone has a story about Cpl. Pulsoni,” she said.
Kessler said just recently Pulsoni was involved in roping a cow on the loose and he also stood between angry parents and the Maine School Administrative District 6 School Board, keeping the peace in a contentious May 2016 meeting. “His wisdom and experience play an integral part in keeping the peace,” she said
This past summer, Pulsoni responded to a shooting in town, assisted in the arrest and delivered the suspect to York County Jail.
Kessler said that Pulsoni had years earlier responded to a burglary when a door was kicked in at her home. She said Pulsoni put her and her husband at ease. “He is quiet about his accomplishments and a very humble man,” she said.
“Cpl. Pulsoni has a reputation for being that calm and approachable officer that citizens know they can trust,” Cline said.
Cline said this award is for Pulsoni’s community policing efforts. “However, he calls it just doing his job,” Cline said. “The Buxton Public Safety Team is proud of Cpl. Pulsoni and this accomplishment.”
Pulsoni said he was once Cline’s field training officer and now “he’s my boss.”
He complimented the citizens. “A lot of real nice people in town,” he said. “I’ve had a good run at it.”
Robert Lowell can be reached at 854-2577 or firstname.lastname@example.org.