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Dorchester resident hailed as hero for quick thinking during brazen domestic assault

Posted by Patrick Rosso  September 13, 2013 01:49 PM

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(Image courtesy the office of State Senator Linda Dorcena Forry)


State Senator Linda Dorcena Forry joined by Senate Court Officer Regina Skinner and Senate President Therese Murray .


Regina Skinner, a Dorchester resident and Senate Court Officer, was recently recognized for her bravery after she came to the aid of woman in Dorchester.

On August 20, Skinner while driving along Columbia Road, witnessed a domestic assault and got out of her vehicle to help, according to the Brockton Enterprise.

She, however, was not alone in her efforts, Secretary of Education Matthew Malone, who was in the area attending a meeting, had also stopped to help the woman, who was being assaulted by her male companion on the corner of Columbia Road and Bird Street.

Skinner, after getting out of her vehicle, recognized Malone, who had arrived first and said, “Secretary, I have your back. I’m right here,” according to a letter Malone drafted to Senate President Therese Murray praising Skinner’s efforts.

Both attempted to deescalate the situation until police could arrive.

Skinner received a citation from the Massachusetts Senate for her efforts.

“Although she had her family in her car, and at great risk to her own safety, she got out of the car, confronted the perpetrator and protected me. As a result of her actions the fight was stopped and an arrest was made,” read the letter. “As a citizen of our great Commonwealth I can say without reservation that we are fortunate to have Court Office Skinner protecting the senate.”

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