For the past 25 years in Suffolk County, scores of crime victims and their families have relied on Michael Coffey.
"It would take days to name every person he's helped in the course of his career," Suffolk District Attorney Daniel F. Conley said in a statement. "From the victims of street robberies to the families of murdered children, Michael has given 100 percent of himself to each and every person who's needed him."
In a ceremony at the State House today, Coffey was recognized as the longest-serving victim-witness advocate in Conley's office. He was honored by the Massachusetts Office of Victim Assistance.
Coffey was hired in 1985 and went on to serve in Roxbury and Brighton municipal courts. Since then, he has worked alongside prosecutors in the district attorney's homicide unit as well as its major felony bureau.
"From the time a case is assigned until well after it's concluded, Michael is often the bridge between a victim or family and the criminal justice system," Conley said in a statement. "His kindness, his patience, and his generosity are legendary in his field. In a time of need, there are few better friends than Michael Coffey."
Anne Kelley-McCarthy, who has served as a victim-witness advocate in Conley's office for 10 years, was also recognized at the ceremony.
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