December 22, 2009

AMHERST, Mass.—Amherst College Campus Police Officer and Greenfield resident Nathan Jackman has received a special recognition award from the Massachusetts Association of Campus Law Enforcement Administrators (MACLEA). The two-year veteran of the college’s force was recognized at a meeting of the group’s members at NortheasternUniversity on Dec. 16.

Jackman was honored specifically for actions he took in response to an incident on the Amherst campus during the early morning hours of Feb. 8. While responding to a call of an AmherstCollege student in distress at a residential hall, he performed emergency medical assistance on a victim of multiple stab wounds. The victim, who was treated at a nearby hospital, survived and returned to Amherst. The MACLEA plaque recognizing Jackman reads, “for your rapid response to stopping felonious assault and your heroic life-saving action.”

“I am very proud of Nathan’s response that night, as well as that of the other officers, student security and the town police,” said Amherst College Chief of Police John Carter. “Nathan is representative of the high level of professionalism in the department, and to have that recognized by the state association reflects well on all of us.”

Jackman is a graduate of the Special State Police Officer Academy taught by the Massachusetts State Police in New Braintree. The academy’s curriculum is similar to the training received by municipal police. He is also a certified first responder and a certified bicycle patrol officer.