"My congratulations to all the officers and the keep up the great work," Yorktown Supervisor Michael Grace said. "You are a great force and we are proud to have you."
The following people were awarded and narrative of each incident as described by Chief of Police Daniel McMahon:
- Officer Timothy Kolkmann – Meritorious Police Duty Award
When officer Kolkmann stopped and questioned the man, he noticed the man was bleeding from a cut on his hand. The police officer also noticed marijuana protruding from the man's rear pocket. The man was arrested for possession of marijuana and while he was being processed at the police station, officer Kolkmann found loose change and paper clips in the man's pockets that were consistent with what was found at the crime scene.
In addition, a shoe print from the crime scene matched the shoe print the suspect was wearing. As a result, the man was charged with burglary, criminal mischief and criminal possession of marijuana.
- Detective Patsy Perrotto and Officer Angel Garcia – Excellent Police Duty Commendation Award
"A large amount of marijuana was kept from the community and possibly being sold in the community," McMahon said.
- Sgt. John LaPlaca, Officers Mark Rapisarda and Justin Foley – Excellent Police Duty Commendation Award
- Sgt. Julianne Vicinanza and Det. Patsy Perrotto – Excellence Police Duty Commendation Award
- Officer Brian Nicholson – Excellence Police Duty Commendation Award
- Officer Samuel Sansone – Life-Saving Award
- Officer Paul Dillon, officer Robert Pavletich, Dr. Gerard Mayer, Ann Anderson (Yorktown Volunteer Ambulance Corps) – Life-Saving Award and Civilian Life-Saving Award
- Yorktown Police Dispatcher Jane Gullery – Civilian Life-Saving Award
- Officer Angel Garcia and Lakeland Copper Beech Middle School nurse Patricia Schurr – Life-Saving Award and Civilian Life-Saving Award
Within seconds, school nurse Pat Schurr and school resource officer Angel Garcia were on the scene, took over CPR and began the use of the automated external defibrillator (AED). At first there was no response, but they continued doing CPR until the woman regained her pulse. She was transported to the hospital. Mills told Patch that without everyone's help that day, she wouldn't be here today. Read Patch's full story here.
- Officer Lawrence Paniccia – Life Saving Award; MaryLu Fiori, Amanda Tiffany, Patrick Chiappetta – Civilian Life Saving Awards
Lakeland field monitor MaryLu Fiori saw the man fall down and immediately sounded the alert. That's when Lakeland's athletic trainer Amanda Tiffany and John Jay High School lacrosse coach Patrick Chiappetta jumped over a fence and rushed to help the man. Tiffany began to administer an automated external defibrillator, or the AED, along with chest compressions until police and paramedics arrived.
Meanwhile, Yorktown police officer Larry Paniccia, the school's resource officer, had called 911 and joined in to revive the man. The man has since recovered. Read Patch's full story here.
- Officer Kenneth Sgroi – Certificate of Commendation (for an act of accomplishment deserving recognition)
The operator continued driving and passed through a steady red light signal at an intersection. After striking the police vehicle twice, the suspect exited the vehicle and fled the scene on foot. Following a foot pursuit he was arrested and charged with driving while ability impaired by drugs, reckless endangerment, criminal mischief, unlawful fleeing of a police officer, reckless driving and resisting an arrest.