In a ceremony at 10 am this morning, Londonderry Police dedicated the “Sergeant Russ Goodnow Range,” a new firing range named in honor of Londonderry Police Sergeant Russ Goodnow. In a ceremony hosted by Londonderry Police Chief William Hart, and presented by Lieutenant Chris Gandia, a number of Certificates of Appreciation were issued to the many people, businesses and agencies that were instrumental in making this range a reality.
Chief Hart recognized the following with Certificates of Appreciation:
- Certificate of Appreciation to Continental Paving – Donation of land usage and services to construct the range
- Certificate of Appreciation to Manchester-Boston Regional Airport – Donation of fence line surrounding range
- Certificate of Appreciation to Concrete Systems – Donation of 12’x 20’ pre-fabricated concrete building
- Certificate of Appreciation to Southern NH Concrete Foundations – Donation of 12’ x 20’ concrete slab for building foundation
In addition, the police department recognized the extraordinary efforts of 30 year veteran police Sergeant Russ Goodnow, who was instrumental in nearly all phases of the design, construction and implementation of the new firing range. Sergeant Goodnow was presented with a plaque commemorating his efforts, as well as an official “Sergeant Russ Goodnow Range” sign, which will be prominently displayed at the new range, along with the plaque. The sergeant was also presented with a shadow box display of a photograph of him firing the first round at the range, the shell casing from that round, the paper target from that event, and a Londonderry Police uniform patch. Sergeant Goodnow also had the honor of cutting the ribbon that officially opened the range.
Police Chief Hart thanked the many contributors to the project, whose generosity of donated materials, funds and construction work made the range possible.
Also participating in the ceremony was New Hampshire State Representative Laura Gandia, who presented proclamations by Governor Lynch, as well as the House of Representatives, to the Londonderry Police Department and Sergeant Goodnow recognizing the new range.
Immediately following the dedication ceremony, attendees were invited to attend a luncheon held at the Londonderry Police Department.
The new firing range is used for training and qualifying Londonderry officers in firearms, and may also be used by agreement by other New Hampshire law enforcement agencies. There is the added benefit of a significant reduction in overtime training cost, since the range is always available to Londonderry officers to train and use during regular duty hours. Previously, Londonderry police had to use the Londonderry Fish and Game Club’s range, which often presented scheduling challenges.