On November 1, 2019, the Horses and Heroes Foundation honored Judy A. Racow’s bravery in a ceremony in front of Town Hall, in Winthrop, MA. The non-profit organization, based in Revere, names horses after officers from Massachusetts who are recipients of the prestigious George L. Hanna Award for Bravery.
Racow received the Hanna Award, for her work as an undercover officer on November 8, 1995, when she was kidnapped by a suspect in connection with a drug investigation. Racow is the only officer from Winthrop and one of only 19 women in the Commonwealth to receive the award. The horse was named in Racow’s honor, before being sent to Washington D.C., to work as a police horse.
In 2014, Beth Myers and Jonathan Margolis filed suit on behalf of Judy Racow, a 20 year veteran of the Winthrop Police force, against the Town and Department alleging sex discrimination and retaliation. In March 2018, after a two week trial, a Suffolk County jury found that the Town of Winthrop engaged in unlawful sex discrimination and retaliation against Officer Racow, and awarded her more than $2 million in emotional distress and punitive damages.