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Officer Bernie Hallums — Manchester's Big-Hearted Cop

Officer Bernie Hallums — Manchester's Big-Hearted Cop

In times of strife, Manchester Police Chief Marc Montminy says Officer Bernie Hallums is his go-to guy.

“When something really bad happens, I look for Bernie,” Montminy said of the veteran cop.

“When a police officer was forced to shoot someone, I called Bernie,” the chief said. “When an officer is experiencing PTSD, I call Bernie. When a member of the public can’t be consoled because their child was killed in a fire, I call Bernie.”

To many Manchester residents, especially low-income families, Hallums also represents the department’s generous spirit.

In this season, he’s the Christmas cop who puts together a holiday party for low-income children and their families...