Town honors award recipients, police retirees

PORTSMOUTH, R.I. — Friends and family applauded loudly Monday night as the town honored retiring Portsmouth Police Lt. Anthony Cambrola and the 2 Portsmouth Award recipients, Caroline “Bunny” Miller and Robert Dyl Jr. 

Miller, who is instrumental behind the creation of the Portsmouth Dog Park, was the first Portsmouth Award recipient. Town Council President Keith Hamilton presented all proclamations Monday evening at Town Hall.


“Caroline has personally been involved in every aspect of the Dog Park, from idea and presentation to the Town Council, to securing and clearing the location, to many fundraising activities including selling engraved paving stones…,” according to town documents. 

“Caroline is still heavily involved in every aspect of the Dog Park including continuing efforts to improve the Park and has dedicated many countless hours over the past four years to bring her vision of the Dog Park to fruition.” 

Hamilton said Miller still carries a bucket of water every day to the park so dogs can drink. A permanent water system, as well as lights, are planned for the future. 

Miller’s family, including grandchildren, attended the special award ceremony. 

Dyl was honored for more than “…25 years of volunteering for Portsmouth Youth Sports including many positions held in leadership, coaching and administration…,” according to town documents. 

“Robert (Bob) has been the President of the Challenger Baseball Team; which caters to boys and girls with special needs; for the last 12 years. Hundreds of children have played baseball while Robert has been President…

“Robert has organized numerous fundraisers so that the Challenger Baseball players may play for free. The team has always been funded through private donations and charity. He has also organized trips to the Paw Sox and the Red Sox for the children and their families.” 

Hamilton encouraged all members of the audience to attend next year’s Challenger Jamboree, which is held for free for all participants in early June. 

Dyl attended the award ceremony with his son, who was the motivation behind starting the Challenger Jamboree, Dyl said. 

Receiving a standing ovation Monday evening was Lt. Cambrola, who is retiring from the department after nearly 30 years of service. 

Lt. Cambrola served on the Portsmouth Police Department from Jan. 2, 1988 to June 30, 2017. He not only received a standing ovation from the audience, but also a salute from his commanding officers, including the police chief. 

Lt. Cambrola said when he started he didn’t know anyone in town, but that quickly changed. He said his family, who attended the event, might actually see him now since “he works so much.” 

Det. Lt. Anthony Bucci, who is also retiring, was not in attendance Monday night. Det. Lt. Bucci has served on the Portsmouth Police Department from June 1, 1996 to June 30, 2017. 

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