Nashua PAL names Police Explorer of Year

NASHUA – The Police Athletic League announced that its 2016 Police Explorer of the Year is Nashua High School North senior Brandon DiGregorio.

DiGregorio, along with PAL’s athletes of the year in football, cross country, boxing and basketball, will be honored at the sixth annual PAL Sports Dinner at Conway Arena on Thursday, June 30.

Also honored will be the PAL of the Year, Mike O’Malley, an actor, writer and producer.

The Nashua Police Explorers are a police-oriented youth organization that provides hands-on learning opportunities for students who wish to learn more about law enforcement. The Nashua Police Department chapter requires a minimum of 30 hours community service per year and conducts physical evaluations on a quarterly basis to encourage physical fitness and to emphasize its importance in the law enforcement profession.

As a runner on North’s cross country (fall), winter and spring track teams, DiGregorio has little difficulty meeting the fitness standards. He has held a leadership position in the Explorers for three years, ever since the Nashua Police Department chapter was resurrected in 2012 after a hiatus.

DiGregorio has also attended the New Hampshire Police Cadet Training Academy at the basic level.

“Brandon has participated in over 200 hours of community service and has pushed himself to expand his comfort zone,” said Patrolman Chris Lewis, the NPD Police Explorers adviser. “He always leads by example and sets the bar for new Explorers, modeling how they should conduct themselves at all times.

“Brandon truly encompasses everything you wish to see in a young man or woman as a citizen. He is a leader at all times, respectful, humble and dedicated. Brandon is also a man to his word, honoring promises and commitments.”

DiGregorio, who earns high grades in honors and Advanced Placement classes, will attend Fitchburg State University in the fall.

All proceeds from the PAL Sports Dinner support PAL’s academic, athletic and other enrichment programs available to all Nashua children, including its at-risk youths. For tickets, tables and sponsorship information, call 594-3733 or email youthsafehaven@nashuapal.com. For more information about Nashua PAL, visit nashuapal.com.