The renowned parable of the Good Samaritan, found in the gospel of Luke, exemplifies the honorable work of sacrificing time and resources for the sake of those in need. Through this parable, Jesus provided an example of what it looks like to love one’s neighbor. The story of the Good Samaritan is recorded in Scripture to teach us what love is and to encourage us to make sacrifices that benefit our neighbors.
While daily life affords many opportunities to sacrifice time and resources for others, there are a few exceptional individuals within our community who go above and beyond, sacrificing even their safety to protect others’ welfare. One such individual is Officer Adam Marois of Vernon, CT. Adam has served as a police officer in Manchester for the past three years, and during his brief time on the force his assiduous dedication to public safety has led him to sacrifice his own safety for that of his neighbors.
The community first became aware of Adam’s sacrificial efforts and intrepid spirit on the morning of August 23, 2010 when an employee of Hartford Distributors on Chapel Road in Manchester came to work with a gun and began to open fire on his coworkers. Adam was one of the first police officers to respond to the scene while the shooter was active, and he immediately set to work attending to wounded victims and helping people escape safely from the building.
Adam swiftly administered CPR to a man who had suffered extensive wounds, but as he labored the medics arrived and informed him that there was no hope for the man’s survival. Without giving himself a moment to pause and regroup after receiving this news, Adam rushed back to rescue another wounded victim. This time his efforts saved a man’s life. Adam was later told that if he had not provided medical attention as promptly as he did- if it had been delayed by only a minute or two- then that man would have died.
Again, on May 15, 2011, Adam was faced with another harrowing incident. He responded to a domestic disturbance in which an active shooter held his wife and children hostage. Sacrificing his own safety, Adam entered the line of fire to get the woman and children safely away from the scene. He then accompanied them to the hospital where they were evaluated and stayed with them until they were released. For his outstanding bravery and self-sacrifice during this ordeal, he was recognized by his peers at the Manchester Police Department’s 2011 awards ceremony and presented with the Medal of Valor.
Adam’s admirable courage and sacrificial deeds continue to make his community and his family proud. At the age of 25, with an already stellar record of service and new plans to serve his country in the Army National Guard, Adam epitomizes heroism and selflessness. He is an exceptional man of character and an inspiration to those who have the honor of knowing him.