Maria Patrone has been a great asset in the expansion of community policing in District 13. She spends about three to five hours each day in the neighborhoods talking to the public and encouraging them to get involved with the police, to address quality of life issues and community involvement to help prevent and resolve crime. She has volunteered to assist with countless community events in Jamaica Plain. She always has a positive attitude and is looking to do more to help her community.
Maria has been an asset to our Department in reaching out to the Hispanic Community in District E-13. She is presently the secretary for the Hispanic Multicultural Association in Jamaica Plain and constantly promoted police-community relations.
Recently, Officer Carlos Lara of Area E-13 Community Service received calls from individuals who wanted to commend her selflessness and quick response to an incident in South Boston where a woman was stabbed by her husband. That suspect later jumped from a third floor apartment committing suicide. Two women called E-13 and stated that Maria Patrone was inside their third floor apartment at 24 Gavin Way when the incident occurred.
Maria looked outside the window and ran down the stairs quickly to help the victim, who had been stabbed multiple times. Wendy stated that Maria took her shirt off and attempted to contain the blood. She called police and asked others in the area to do so, too, as she attempted to keep the victim awake.
She further stated that Maria kept telling the victim “wake up, don’t go to sleep,” in order to keep her awake. During one of my conversations with Maria about this incident, she stated that it was nothing and that all she wanted to do was to help save the dying woman.
In deep appreciation for her work in the community and brave efforts during a horrific incident, Maria Patrone was awarded a Commissioner’s Commendation on June 29, 2010.