The Town Council commended EGHS School Resource Officer Chris Rafferty Tuesday night for his quick thinking the morning of May 30 when he blocked Middle Road at South County Trail, preventing suspects in a police assault from heading past the high school during the busy morning school commute.
Cranston police were following the couple as they made their way from Cranston to western East Greenwich. Rafferty heard the suspects were heading east on Middle Road and he positioned his police car so the suspects could not continue east on Middle Road, forcing it onto South County Trail.
After the suspects turned south on South County Trail, Rafferty followed the lone Cranston police car that had been pursuing the vehicle. The suspects got in a minor car accident at Frenchtown Road and the suspects fled on foot. Rafferty helped stop the driver. The other suspect was later picked up at the Dunkin Donuts on South County Trail.
Police Chief Stephen Brown also recognized the other officers and police staff who helped during the chase: Lt. Brian Clement, Lt. Robert Siple, Det. Sgt. Glen Terilli, Sgt. Christopher Callan, Det. David Black, Patrolman Paul Nahrgang; SRO Bert Montalban, Patrolman Matt Larsson, and Dispatcher James Aveyard.