How does one go from being born in a rural district of a Caribbean island to being honoured by the president of the United States at the White House. For Trinidad-born Scott Pulchansingh it happened because of his commitment to duty and the bravery displayed in carrying out his duties.
Pulchansingh was one of 17 law enforcement officers from the Boston Police Department presented with TOP COP Awards® by US president Barack Obama in a ceremony at the White House on May 20.
Born in the village of Endeavour in Chaguanas and a past pupil of Presentation College Chaguanas, Pulchansingh was honoured for the role he played in the captur of Dzhokhar and Tamerlan Tsarnaev after the pair shot and killed 26-year-old Sean Collier, an MIT police officer.
The Tsarnaev brothers were the principal suspects in the setting off of two bombs during the running of the Boston Marathon on April 15 last year, which led to the death of three persons with hundreds injured.
Pulchansingh gave the Express a brief account of the Tsarnaevs apprehension and his subsequent nomination to TOP COPS:
“After responding to the slaying of Officer Collier we actively searched for the Tsarnaev brothers.
“Along with members from the Youth Violence Strike Force (commonly called The Gang Unit) we chased them in Watertown and were engaged in a firefight, during which shots were fired and bombs were tossed out the window at us.
“Eventually we apprehended them and I was the officer who conducted a search on Tamerlan Tsarnaev,” Pulchansingh said.
He said as a result his department honoured him with the Schroeder Brothers Memorial Award last December and nominated him for Top Cops.
Pulchansingh, who has 19 years’ service as a law enforcement officer, said he loves what he does.
“After migrating to the US in 1985 I became a health inspector with the city of Boston and a constable, during which time I worked closely with the Mayor’s office and all agencies including the Police Department. I would later become a full time member of the Boston Police Department,” Pulchansingh said.