WellesleyWeston Magazine

FALL 2016

Launched in 2005, WellesleyWeston Magazine is a quarterly publication tailored to Wellesley and Weston residents and edited to enrich the experience of living in two of Massachusetts' most desirable communities.

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"we're not going to give in!" 18-year-old Inna Oh yelled to the four state troopers in the boat with her. "Remember who you are and why you are here!" It's not every day that it's appropriate to raise your voice to a state trooper, but that was exactly what Inna had been recruited to do. As coxswain for the Massachusetts State Police (MSP) boat during the Head of the CharlesĀ® Regatta (HOCR), it was Inna's job to steer the boat and continuously direct and motivate the four-man crew. Traditional lines of authority were temporarily set aside as the state troopers took direction from the young woman from Wellesley, and as all four men worked together as one, despite their different ranks. Every year, scores of MSP officers are on duty during the Cambridge/ Boston-based regatta, which has the distinction of being both the world's largest two-day rowing event and one of North America's biggest spectator sport happenings. Officers patrol the banks of the Charles River and the six bridges that cross over the racecourse, which are packed with crowds of enthusiasts who have come to cheer on the world-class athletes. What is quite uncommon is seeing state troopers participate in one of the HOCR's 60+ races. Indeed, 2015 was the first time in the history of the HOCR that MSP officers traded land duty for the chance to rep- resent the law enforcement agency on the water. 46 W e l l e s l e y W e s t o n M a g a z i n e | f a l l 2 0 1 6 A View from the Bow L I S A L E S L I E H E N D E R S O N writer

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