Oak Bluffs officer recognized for bravery


The Southeastern Massachusetts Police Chiefs Association recognized Oak Bluffs police officer Frank Pacheco for his bravery in capturing a suspect wanted for an armed home invasion and assault.

“Officer Pacheco is a credit to our department and his profession,” Oak Bluffs Police Chief Erik Blake said in a statement. “I am very proud to have him working on the force.”

In the early morning hours of July 15, Officer Pacheco was among several police officers looking for Richard Brymer, 35, of Oak Bluffs. Mr. Brymer was wanted for breaking into an Uncas Avenue apartment and assaulting the residents with a handgun.

Officer Pacheco spotted the suspect near Pacific Avenue and chased him into the woods and arrested him after a long and violent struggle. Officer Pacheco sustained cuts and scrapes, and injured his knee during the struggle. Police were extremely concerned because they lost radio contact with him for several minutes.

Officer Pacheco’s father, Lou Pacheco, chief of police in Raynham, was among those who saw Officer Pacheco honored, during the police chiefs’ association meeting in Marion, October 13.