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In observance of National Police Week, the New Rochelle Police Department held its annual Memorial and Awards Ceremony on Wednesday, May 18 at the Greentree Country Club. The event honored department members for their outstanding contributions as well as the memory of those officers who sacrificed their lives in the service to the City. This year’s keynote speaker was New York City Detective Steve McDonald. In 1986, Detective Steve McDonald was shot in the line of duty by a teenage gunman and became paralyzed from the neck down. Today, he is a renowned speaker regarding gun violence and the power of forgiveness.
“This is a special day of the year when the police and community get together to remember our fallen heroes and honor those officers who served the community in an exemplary fashion.”, said New Rochelle Police Commissioner Patrick Carroll.
Police Officer of the Year was presented to Police Officer Christopher Guglielmo and Community Service Officer William Berry was named Civilian Employee of the Year. Nearly 100 members of the department were recognized for their heroic accomplishments and for the extraordinary work they do for our community.
City Manager Chuck B. Strome presented an award to three elementary students for their Police Memorial Essays. First place winner, Stephen Philippeav from Trinity Elementary school read his winning piece.
Recipients of AwardsPolice Memorial Essay Award
Stephen Philippeav, Trinity Elementary School1st Place
Justin Friedberg, Davis Elementary School2nd Place
Natalie M. Chang, Ward Elementary School3rd Place
Arthur Luce Klein AwardDetective Christopher Greco
Eugene Frank Problem Solving AwardPolice Officer Christopher Guglielmo
New Rochelle Municipal Housing Authority Recognition AwardPolice Officer Michael Vaccarro
New Rochelle Chamber of Commerce Investigator AwardDetective Vincent Pisano
Empress Ambulance Lifesaving AwardDetective Thomas Raptis Police Officer Emily Hirshowitz
One-Year Attendance AwardSergeant Robert LaBarbera Police Officer Raymond BeckleySergeant Justin Wilson Police Officer Michael DasslerDetective Dario Navarrete Police Officer Edison GramajoDetective Vincent Pisano Police Officer Christopher GuglielmoPolice Officer Michael Alberico Police Officer Carlos Jimenez
Two-Year Attendance AwardDetective Yadilene Machado Police Officer Scott WallachDetective Michael Regina Police Officer Nicholas Zuzulo
Four-Year Attendance AwardLieutenant Gary Robinson Police Officer Anthony D’AngeloDetective Gregory Herring Police Officer Anthony Colotti
Five-Year Attendance AwardLieutenant Christopher Hearle Detective Luigi AmicoSergeant Myron Joseph
Six-Year Attendance AwardDeputy Police Commissioner Joseph Schaller
Seven-Year Attendance AwardPolice Officer Gary Lehning
Eight-Year Attendance AwardPolice Officer Francesco Provenzale
Nine-Year Attendance AwardLieutenant Daniel Conca Detective Claudio Carpano
Eleven-Year Attendance AwardPolice Commissioner Patrick Carroll Detective Michael CiafardiniLieutenant Edward Hayes
Twelve-Year Attendance AwardSergeant Robert Torr
Lifesaving AwardLieutenant Daniel Conca Police Officer DeCarloLieutenant William Odell Police Officer Emily HirshowitzSergeant Joseph Salerno Police Officer David McCullough (2)Detective Thomas Raptis Police Officer Jason RednerPolice Officer Timothy Childs Police Officer Lane Schlesinger
Commendation AwardLieutenant J. Collins Coyne Police Officer Paul D’ErasmoLieutenant Brian Fagan (2) Police Officer Jose DiazLieutenant Edward Hayes (2) Police Officer Edison GramajoDetective Michael Bota Police Officer Christopher GuglielmoDetective Vincent Marion Police Officer Daniel MaldonadoDetective Glen Spinner Police Officer Jason RednerDetective Kevin Waldron Police Officer Marc Weinerman (2)
Class C CitationLieutenant Neil Reynolds Police Officer Paul D’ErasmoSergeant Adam Castiglia Police Officer Christopher GuglielmoSergeant Richard Gargan Police Officer Vincent MarcoSergeant Justin Wilson Police Officer Matthew RiceDetective Timothy Adrian Police Officer Jason RednerDetective Dario Navarrete Police Officer Juan TorresDetective Joseph Savoca Police Officer Marc WeinermanPolice Officer Raymond Beckley Police Officer Giselle WilsonPolice Officer Stephen Correale
Certificate of AppreciationAssistant Harbor Master Alexianna Campagnola
Unit CitationLieutenant Brian Fagan Detective Yadilene MachadoDetective Sean Kane Detective Vincent MarionDetective Dwayne Jones
Civilian Employee of the YearCommunity Service Officer William Berry
Police Officer of the YearPolice Officer Christopher Guglielmo
Police Commissioner’s AwardPolice Officer Melissa DinizPolice Officer Juan TorresPolice Officer Richard MarchettiPolice Officer Michael Vaccaro