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N.H. man who rescued home invasion girl named chief

The New Hampshire police sergeant who broke down a door to save the 11-year-old home invasion victim of a machete attack that killed her mother has been named chief of the Mont Vernon police department.

Kevin Furlong was a sergeant with the Mont Vernon police and first on the scene Oct. 4, 2009, after 11-year-old Jaimie Cates dialed 911 to report the home invasion.

Furlong looked through the front window and saw the girl soaked in blood. He threw his body repeatedly into the front door of the home until it broke open. He gathered the girl in his arms and she whispered that she thought her mother was dead.

The town’s board of selectmen on Thursday chose Furlong from among 60 applicants to be the town’s new chief.

The Nashua Telegraph reported Furlong will be sworn in Dec. 16.

Board Chairman John Esposito said Furlong’s actions in response to the home invasion did not sway selectmen, saying he did what any professional would do.

He said all the candidates were highly qualified, but that Furlong stood out as energetic and very interested in the position.

Furlong will replace Chief Kyle Aspinwall, who retired in the spring after five years in that post.

Two months after the home invasion in which her mother, Kimberly Cates, was hacked to death, Jaimie and her father met with Furlong and Officer Eric Wales to thank them for their swift actions.

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