State police leaders recently honored a collective of state, local and federal investigators who worked on the Macedonia Church of God in Christ arson case.
A massive blaze that broke out before dawn in the hours after President Barack H. Obama was ushered in as the nation’s first black leader on Nov. 4, 2008, drew a surge of law enforcement officials to Tinkham Road in Springfield.
Agencies included the state police, the state fire marshal’s office, city police and fire investigators, the federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives and the FBI.
The team worked a mountain of man-hours to identify suspects, build a case and make arrests within about two months of the church burning.
“The investigation balanced complex interagency relationships as well as multi-jurisdictional legal considerations,” State police Maj. Michael Crisp, deputy commander of the division of investigative services, said during a recent awards ceremony held at state police headquarters in Framingham.
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