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Mass. woman to be honored as hero following Newfield burglary

Staff Writer

Curtin Curtin NEWFIELD — A Massachusetts woman is being heralded as a hero for intervening in an attempted burglary in Newfield on Saturday, during which an officer was assaulted by the suspect.

York County Sheriff Bill King said he plans to honor Maureen Curtin, 52, of West Newbury, Massachusetts, at his Quarterly Recognition Ceremony on Friday. Police say she offered to help a deputy being assaulted by a man who attempted to break into a house after taking drugs.

That man, Trevor Cox, 19, of Lynnfield, Massachusetts, was arrested following the struggle on Saturday on charges of aggravated criminal trespass and assault on a police officer. He was transported to York County Jail, where he was released on $5,000 bail on Sunday.

Curtin said she didn’t know the owners of the house Cox had attempted to break into, but said she owns a cottage on Rock Haven Lake, located a street away from where the incident occurred.

She said she felt compelled to help when she heard yelling from down the road.

“I could hear the yelling from my house and that’s why I went over,” Curtin said. “When I first drove by, I saw the (deputy) with his taser and the strings were attached to (Cox). I turned around to go back, and when I was driving by, (Cox) was punching the deputy, his face and his neck.”

Curtin said she pulled up to the house, ran out of her car and up to the deputy and asked if there was anything she could do. The deputy, Curtin said, told her to stand off to the side and to not become involved in the struggle.

“In my head I was thinking I could push the guy, I don’t know. When I first pulled up, the boy was hitting the (deputy), but the deputy was like, ‘No, just stand there,’” Curtain said. “I just waited to make sure he was OK until the other deputy got there.”

While King doesn’t advise people to intervene in police situations for safety reasons, he said Curtin’s actions went “above and beyond” those of other ordinary citizens.

“I think its safe to say most people would put out their lip and say, ‘I should call the police.’ Maureen said ... ‘This is not right,’ and said ‘What can I do to help?’” King said.

“I do think that the word ‘hero, is overused today,” he said. “But I think that is heroic for somebody that’s not trained, for somebody that’s not responsible to (act). It shows great community spirit.”

But Curtin doesn’t consider herself a hero, expressly replying “absolutely not” when asked if she did.

“The deputy – he needed help, the fact he was in a situation like that and still thought of my safety is amazing to me,” she said. “I would hope that most people would do that, when you see somebody in harm like that,” Curtin said regarding her actions.

“I feel kind of silly that this is all turned into a big story when I would hope more people would do that,” she added. “No, (the deputy is) the hero. He was being beat up and was worried about my safety.”

According to King, the deputy whom Cox assaulted suffered small cuts and contusions on his face, but was treated and released from the hospital.

In addition to Curtin, several deputies will be honored at the recognition ceremony, which will take place Friday at 3 p.m. at the York County Sheriff ’s Office, 1 Layman Way, Alfred.

— Staff Writer Alan Bennett can be contacted at 282-1535, ext. 329 or abennett@journaltribune.com.

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