West Greenwich Police Department
West Greenwich, RI
Officer Donald Fravala started in Law Enforcement as a Correctional Officer for the state of Rhode Island in 1998. In 2002 he entered Rhode Island Municipal Police Academy and graduated as a patrolman with North Kingstown Police Department. In 2003 as a patrolman with West Greenwich Police Department he began additional trainings that enhanced his effectiveness as a patrolman. As a school resource officer in 2009, he discovered that establishing relationships with the students and being a role model for them he provided a more positive outcome for the community. His career is spotted with departmental commendations for his bravery in curtailing crimes in and around town. In 2008, Officer Fravala was presented the State of Rhode Island Lifesaving Award for bravery as he jeopardized his welfare for the safety of another while saving a woman from a car fire. He also was honored with the Officer of the Year for 2009 by the Rhode Island State Exeter Grange #12. In 2010, while on a routine post, Officer Donald Fravala happened to notice a car drive pass his cruiser, park and a man get out. He noticed the man put on a "hoodie" pulling the hood over his head and put on a pair of gloves before entering a gas station store. Realizing something wasn't right Officer Fravala called for back-up and watched as the man went to the rear of the store and waited for a customer to leave. The man then returned to the counter and reached into the cash register. When the suspect exited the front door Officer Fravala arrested him without incident. Police Chief Ronald Lepre presented Officer Fravala and a fellow officer commendation for their quick and professional actions in removing a career criminal from the community. "Officer Fravala has gone above and beyond his commitment to serve and protect the citizens" says Captain Cappelli.