Residents and police officers alike this week mourned the death of Police Sergeant Gregory Ames, a highly decorated officer and a 15-year veteran of the force. Police were called to his Bridgewater home Monday morning where Ames, 43, was found dead. Officials in the Norfolk County district attorney’s office said the unattended death is not a criminal matter. Police issued a statement Monday announcing the death of Ames, a husband and father. “Sergeant Gregory Ames died unexpectedly today at his home in Bridgewater. Sergeant Ames was a 15-year veteran of the police department and a dedicated public servant. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family.” West Bridgewater Town Clerk Nancy Morrison called Ames “a wonderful guy.” Ames, the son of retired police Sergeant James Ames, in 2008 earned the Medal of Valor, the highest honor given by the police chief, awarded to an officer who performs “beyond the call of duty, at imminent personal hazard to life and with knowledge of risk.” Earlier this spring, on March 26 while responding to a call, Ames was seriously injured in a crash in West Bridgewater.