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In observance of Police Memorial Week, the New Rochelle Police Department held its annual Memorial and Awards Ceremony on Wednesday, May 15 at the Greentree Country Club. The event honored the memory of those officers who sacrificed their lives in the service to the City as well as department members for their outstanding contributions.
Nearly 100 members of the department were recognized for their heroic accomplishments and extraordinary work in the community with Lifesaving, Commendation and Investigation awards and Unit Citations. Police Officer of the Year was presented to Police Officer Paul D’Erasmo and Systems Engineer Derek Ortiz was named Civilian Employee of the Year. A full list follows below.
Mayor Noam Bramson also presented an award to three elementary students for their Police Memorial Essays. First place winner, Lea Cohen from Webster Elementary School read her winning piece. City Manager Chuck Strome presented the Citizen of the Year award to Emilio Betim Jusufaj and Niko Tamburo.
"Medal Day is a day of celebration where the Department recognizes, thanks and awards active members who have done exceptional work over the past year," noted Commissioner Joseph Schaller. "It is also a solemn day where the Department remembers and honors those officers of the Department who are no longer with us who, in the course of doing their exceptional work, made the ultimate sacrifice of giving their lives in the performance of their duty. We thank all, those here and those gone before us, for their service."
Recipients of Awards
Police Memorial Essay AwardLea Cohen, Webster Elementary School1st Place
Juliette Thomas, Ward Elementary School2nd Place
Pasquale Rossignuolo, Davis Elementary School3rd Place
New Rochelle Chamber of Commerce Investigator AwardDetective Dwayne Jones
Empress Ambulance Lifesaving AwardPolice Officer Patrick Lunn
One-Year Attendance AwardPolice Commissioner Joseph F. Schaller Police Officer Christopher CarelliDetective Lieutenant Brian Fagan Police Officer Timothy ChildsDetective Sergeant Kevin Perri Police Officer Steven ConnDetective Sergeant Robert Torr Police Officer John LynchSergeant Steven D’Onofrio Police Officer Oisin McGloinSergeant Keith Murphy Police Officer Anthony ScarnatiDetective Vincent Marion Community Service Officer Sergio LopezDetective Dario Navarrete Community Service Officer James SheehyPolice Officer Melissa Bird
Two-Year Attendance AwardCaptain J. Collins Coyne Detective Dwayne JonesLieutenant Gorge Rosenbergen Detective Sean KaneSergeant Timothy Kelly Detective Michael VaccaroDetective Steven Geertgens Police Officer Samuel Goldman
Three-Year Attendance AwardDetective Christopher Guglielmo Police Officer Michael DasslerDetective Vincent Pisano
Four-Year Attendance AwardDetective Yadilene Machado Police Officer Nicholas ZuzuloPolice Officer Scott Wallach
Six-Year Attendance AwardDetective Gregory Herring Police Officer Anthony D’AngeloPolice Officer Anthony Colotti
Seven-Year Attendance AwardDetective Lieutenant Christopher Hearle Detective Luigi AmicoDetective Sergeant Myron Joseph
Nine-Year Attendance AwardPolice Officer Gary Lehning
Eleven-Year Attendance AwardLieutenant Daniel Conca
Detective Claudio Carpano
Thirteen-Year Attendance AwardLieutenant Edward Hayes
Detective Michael Ciafardini
Lifesaving AwardLieutenant Neil K. Reynolds Police Officer Samuel GoldmanSergeant Lawrence Bornholz Police Officer Emmanuel Gonzalez (2)Sergeant Ryan Downs Police Officer Carlos JimenezSergeant Mark Trezza Police Officer Patrick LunnDetective Timothy Adrian Police Officer Jeffrey MarelloDetective Luigi Amico (2) Police Officer Michael MartinsPolice Officer John Care Police Officer Gary MossPolice Officer Christopher Carelli Police Officer Louis TrangucciPolice Officer Stephen Correale (2) Police Officer Marc WeinermanPolice Officer Victoria Ferraro
Commendation AwardLieutenant Adam Castiglia Police Officer Christopher DelGrosso (2)Lieutenant Daniel Conca (2) Police Officer Matthew GlassSergeant Edward Austin Police Officer Samuel GoldmanSergeant Christopher Castiglia Police Officer Emmanuel Gonzalez (2)Sergeant Matthew Brady Police Officer John LynchSergeant Kimberly Diniz (3) Police Officer Robert MansfieldDetective Kevin Geertgens Police Officer Alec McKennaDetective John Ladeairous Police Officer Melvin MolinaDetective Michael McKenniss Police Officer Jose Pena (2)Police Officer Matthew Alberico Police Officer Jason Redner (2)Police Officer Timothy Childs (2) Police Officer Marc Weinerman Police Officer John Conklin Police Officer William ZapataPolice Officer Stephen Correale Police Officer Nicholas ZuzuloPolice Officer Jose Diaz (2)
Class C CitationDetective Lieutenant Brian Fagan (3) Detective Vincent PisanoDetective Sergeant Kevin Perri Detective Glen SpinnerSergeant Francis Flanigan Detective Michael Vaccaro (4)Detective Christopher Guglielmo (4) Police Officer Marisa BirdDetective Dwayne Jones (5) Police Officer Hung-Haw ChernDetective Sean Kane (2) Police Officer Samuel GoldmanDetective Vincent Marion Police Officer Robert JohnsonDetective Michael McKenniss Police Officer Nicholas Zuzulo (2)Detective Rocco Oppedisano
Unit CitationDetective Lieutenant Brian Fagan (2) Detective Dario NavarreteDetective Sergeant Kevin Perri (2) Detective Isabel O’Rourke (2)Detective Kevin Geertgens (2) Detective Michael O’RourkeDetective Christopher Guglielmo (2) Detective Joseph Savoca (2)Detective Dwayne Jones (2) Detective Glen SpinnerDetective Sean Kane (2) Detective Michael Vaccaro (2)Detective Vincent Marion (2) Police Officer Marisa BirdDetective Michael McKenniss (2) Police Officer Melissa Diniz
Citizen of the YearBetim JusufajNiko Tamburo
Civilian Employee of the YearSystems Engineer Derek Ortiz
Police Officer of the YearPolice Officer Paul D’Erasmo
Police Commissioner’s AwardCaptain J. Collins CoyneSergeant Ryan DownsSergeant Kyle WilsonDetective Steven GeertgensPolice Officer John LynchPolice Officer Nicholas Zuzulo