State trooper David Misenti was honored by the Connecticut State Police during a ceremony on Wednesday, Oct. 23 at the State Police Training Academy in Meriden. Misenti was recognized with a meritorious service medal for his efforts during a 2018 Plainville kidnapping.
Award winners received medals and certificates from Commissioner James C. Rovella and State Police Colonel Stavros Mellekas. Lt. Governor Susan Bysiewicz also attended and addressed the recipients. Awards were presented in seven categories, including medals of honor, medals for bravery, meritorious service medals, lifesaving awards, outstanding service awards, unit citations.
The Meritorious Service Medal is awarded to those who render service with a high degree of alertness, perseverance and superior judgment in the performance of a difficult task resulting in the protection of life, recovery of property, the prevention—or solving—of a major crime or the apprehension of an armed or dangerous person.
Misenti was recognized for his efforts on Oct. 5, 2018 after Troop H at Bradley International Airport was notified about a kidnapping in Plainville. The victim was an 8-year-old male who had been taken by a female relative.
Information about the suspect, vehicle, and last known location was disseminated.
“Upon receiving the descriptors, Trooper Misenti began aggressively patrolling the perimeter of the airport in an effort to locate the suspect,” State Police officials said in a press release. “He maintained a meticulous watch of each vehicle in the area. Soon, he saw the suspect vehicle as it turned into the parking garage and he covertly followed it.”
After the car stopped, Misenti approached the suspect, positively identified her, and detained her. The suspect was turned over to Plainville Police, and the victim was safely returned to his legal guardian.
“Trooper Misenti was expedient in his efforts,” officials said in the release, “which allowed the victim to be reunited with his family.”