Date: April 2, 2007
Department: Public Safety
Mello was nominated by UMass Dartmouth Police Sergeant Eric Vanasse for his efforts to help young people on the SouthCoast.
"Officer Mello personifies the spirit of pure altruism; a very humble man who gives his all to our community and asks only for the ability to help others," said UMass Dartmouth Director of Public Safety Emil Fioravanti. "In my 31 years of law enforcement I have not met another officer quite like him."
Officer Mello was recognized for both his police work and his many fundraising efforts that make a difference in the SouthCoast. In December 2006 Mello raised $1,150 through the Quarters for Christmas program. Mello and other officers used the money to buy warm clothes and toys for needy SouthCoast children. Officer Mello also collected over 100 toys at the Public Safety Department's Toys for Tickets event, where people who had received parking tickets could pay them off with toys of comparable value. The toys were given to underprivileged children throughout New Bedford, Fall River and Wareham.
In the past decade, Officer Mello has raised $10,000 for St. Jude's Easter Seals by selling homemade candy and pastries.
Office Mello works with state and local police in the Auto Etching initiative to prevent motor vehicle theft. Every October, Mello leads the initiative to help students be prepared to recover their vehicles if they are ever stolen. The etching also saves students fifteen percent on their comprehensive auto insurance policies.