Past Recipients of The Police Officer of the Year Award

2011

New York State Trooper Gerald S. Segur - On March 26, 2011, at approximately 9:55 PM, Chemung County 911 broadcasted an alert to all units that a Trooper in Tioga County had been menaced with a shotgun by an intoxicated motorist. The broadcast provided a description of the suspect's vehicle and its last known location.

At approximately 10:20 PM, Trooper Jeffrey M. Grebleski of SP Horseheads advised Chemung County 911 that he was behind the suspect vehicle while traveling north bound on ST-34 in the town of Barton, Tioga County. Trooper Segur observed Trooper Grebleski and the suspect vehicle in the distance in front of him and caught up to them. Trooper Grebleski activated his emergency lights to stop the suspect vehicle as it continued north bound on ST-34 and Trooper Segur pulled alongside Trooper Grebleski, while driving north in the south bound lane.

Initially the suspect refused to stop and pointed the barrel of his shotgun out the driver's side window of his vehicle. Shortly thereafter the suspect slowed to approximately 20 miles-per-hour and stopped abruptly in the middle of the north bound lane. The suspect then immediately exited his vehicle with the shotgun to his shoulder. Trooper Grebleski stopped behind the suspect and was unable to exit his patrol vehicle as the suspect advanced towards him with the shotgun pointed at him. Trooper Grebleski ducked below the dash of his patrol vehicle and attempted to place his vehicle in reverse to retreat from the gunman. In doing so he placed the vehicle in neutral and could not move. Trooper Segur, realizing that Trooper Grebleski was in danger, exited his patrol vehicle, drew his pistol and fired five rounds at the suspect striking him several times, knocking the suspect to the ground. The gunman was disabled approximately two feet from the front bumper of Trooper Grebleski's patrol vehicle.

2010

Rome Police Officer Donald Moore - Officer Moore was off-duty and at an AT&T Wireless store in New York Mills on the afternoon of May 27, 2010, when a man opened fire inside, shooting one employee and aiming for the others. Officer Moore quickly responded by drawing his off-duty weapon and firing at the shooter, killing him. A subsequent investigation into the incident revealed that the shooter had a prior history of threatening behavior toward the AT&T employees and carried a "hit list" with their names, and extra rounds of ammunition, the day of the shooting.

2009

New York State Troopers Ian Henry, Rodney Livolsi and Steven Borbee - On Jan. 10, 2009, a routine traffic stop on Interstate 90 in East Greenbush escalated into a dramatic gun battle. Shortly after a speeding taxi was stopped by New York State Trooper Ian Henry, the passenger in the cab opened fire with an assault rifle, shattering the rear window of the taxi and striking the windshield of Trooper Henry’s vehicle.

Unarmed and off-duty, State Police Investigator Rodney Livolsi came upon the scene, assisting Trooper Henry by using his personal vehicle to provide Trooper Henry with cover so he could back his vehicle down the highway to get out of firing range. He remained on scene with Trooper Henry, as the passenger of the cab repeatedly refused to surrender and yelled “shoot me” while he continued to exchange fire with officers.

The gun battle lasted for 43 minutes, during which the passenger discharged 28 rounds of high-caliber ammunition at law enforcement and civilians. The incident ended after Trooper Steven Borbee, a rifleman based at the State Police barracks in Princetown, arrived on scene, joining Trooper Henry at his position approximately 100 yards from the suspect. Trooper Borbee fired one round, killing the suspect.

2008

Mount Vernon Police Officer Christopher Ridley - Officer Ridley was off-duty on Jan. 25, 2008, when he attempted to break up a fight. He was violently attacked, and his service weapon fell to the ground. As on-duty officers arrived on scene, Officer Ridley was mistaken for the perpetrator and fatally wounded by other police officers.

2007

New York City Police Department Officers Herman Yan and Russel Timoshenko were on routine patrol when they initiated a routine vehicle stop. Upon exiting their vehicle, Officers Yan and Timoshenko were met with gunfire, each being struck twice. Simultaneously the officers began taking fire from another parked vehicle. Officer Yan was able to return fire, call for assistance and render medical aid to his downed partner. Officer Yan later provided a description of the attackers en route to the hospital leading to their capture. Officer Timoshenko succumbed to his wounds on July 14, 2007. Officer Yan continues to serve with the NYPD.

2006

New Hartford Police Officer Joseph Corr responded to a jewelry store robbery in progress on February 27, 2006. A high-speed vehicle pursuit ensued, ending with the suspect's vehicle crashing into a gas pump. One of the suspects fled running into the woods. Officer Corr ran up to the edge of the woods where he last saw the suspect. A shot was fired from the wood line and Officer Corr fell to the ground. Officer Corr succumbed to a gunshot wound to the neck. The suspect was later captured and convicted.

New York State Trooper Andrew J. Sperr encountered a suspicious vehicle March 1, 2006. Unbeknownst to him, the two male occupants had just robbed a bank. The bank robbers had left the vehicle in a parking area and were on their way to change vehicles when trooper Sperr observed them. Trooper Sperr followed them into the parking area and made a vehicle and traffic stop. As Trooper Sperr approached the vehicle, the passenger immediately fired a gun, striking Trooper Sperr in the torso. Despite being shot, Trooper Sperr drew his sidearm and returned fire upon the assailants, wounding both of them before they had an opportunity to flee the scene. The robbers returned gunfire and Trooper Sperr succumbed to a mortal wound at the scene.

2005

Ontario County Sheriff's Office Sergeant Kevin D. Owens responded to a bank robbery in progress on April 13, 2005. A high-speed vehicle pursuit ensued, ending with the suspect's vehicle crashing into a utility pole. The suspect began firing a shotgun at Sergeant Owens, hitting him in the leg. Sergeant Owens returned fire until the suspect lay motionless. Sergeant Owens then approached the subject and attempted to administer CPR, but was unsuccessful.

2004

On September 10, 2004, New York City Police Department Detectives Robert Parker and Patrick Rafferty sacrificed their lives while attempting to effect the arrest of a domestic violence subject. In the ensuing struggle, the subject gained possession of Detective Parker's service weapon and shot both detectives. Prior to their deaths, both men took actions which led to the capture of the subject.

2003

Lieutenant John F. Finn, of the Albany Police Department, was working the evening shift on December 23, 2003, nearing the end of his shift, when a call went out for an armed robbery that occurred in the city's South End neighborhood. Lieutenant Finn responded and subsequently engaged a suspect in a foot pursuit. The suspect fired several shots at Lieutenant Finn, striking him, causing him to suffer mortal wounds despite the fact that he was wearing his body armor. Lieutenant Finn was able to return fire, striking the suspect numerous times. The suspect was then taken into custody and was incarcerated. Lieutenant Finn fought for his life in the six weeks that followed this incident before succumbing to his wounds on February 12, 2004.

2002

Trooper Shawn C. Dean of the New York State Police, while on routine patrol, stopped a vehicle in Broome County for vehicle and traffic violations. Another Trooper, John Spero, responded to assist him. While interviewing the passenger behind the stopped vehicle, the operator suddenly exited the vehicle, pointing a handgun at both Troopers, ordering them to put their hands up. Trooper Spero and the gunman simultaneously fired at each other. Trooper Dean seeing that Trooper Spero had been shot, drew his weapon and fired at the gunman who continued to point the gun at Trooper Spero. Trooper Dean continued firing until the gunman fell to the ground, mortally wounded. Trooper Dean called for assistance, took the passenger into custody and provided assistance to Trooper Spero. Subsequent investigation revealed that the vehicle was stolen and that there were numerous stolen firearms in the trunk of the car.

2001

Each of the officers who died in the September 11 terrorist attack on the World Trade Center posthumously received a Police Officer of the Year Award for 2001. Each award was presented to the officer's family at a ceremony in New York City.

Port Authority Police Department
New York City Police Department
Superintendent Fred V. Morrone Sergeant John G. Coughlin
Chief James A. Romito Sergeant Michael S. Curtin
Inspector Anthony P. Infante, Jr. Sergeant Rodney C. Gillis
Captain Kathy N. Mazza Sergeant Timothy A. Roy
Lieutenant Robert D. Cirri, Sr. Detective Claude D. Richards
Sergeant Robert M. Kaulfers Detective Joseph V. Vigiano
Police Officer Christopher C. Amoroso Police Officer John D'Allara
Police Officer Maurice Vincent Barry Police Officer Vincent G. Danz
Police Officer Liam Callahan Police Officer Jerome M. Dominguez
Police Officer Clinton Davis, Sr. Police Officer Stephen P. Driscoll
Police Officer Donald A. Foreman Police Officer Mark J. Ellis
Police Officer Gregg John Froehner Police Officer Robert Fazio
Police Officer Thomas Edward Gorman Police Officer Ronald P. Kloepfer
Police Officer Uhuru Gonja Houston Police Officer Thomas M. Langone
Police Officer George G. Howard Police Officer James P. Leahy
Police Officer Stephen Huczko, Jr. Police Officer Brian G. McDonnell
Police Officer Paul W. Jurgens Police Officer John W. Perry
Police Officer Paul Laszczynski Police Officer Glen K. Pettit
Police Officer David P. Lemagne Police Officer Moira A. Smith
Police Officer John J. Lennon Police Officer Ramon Suarez
Police Officer J. D. Levi Police Officer Paul Talty
Police Officer James F. Lynch Police Officer Santos Valentin
Police Officer Donald J. McIntyre Police Officer Walter E. Weaver
Police Officer Walter Arthur McNeil  
Police Officer Joseph M. Navas  
Police Officer James A. Nelson  
Police Officer Alfonse J. Niedermeyer, III  
Police Officer James W. Parham  
Police Officer Dominick Pezzulo  
Police Officer Bruce A. Reynolds  
Police Officer Antonio Jose Rodrigues  
Police Officer Richard Rodriguez  
Police Officer John P. Skala  
Police Officer Walwyn W. Stuart, Jr.  
Police Officer Kenneth F. Tietjen  
Police Officer Nathaniel Webb  
Police Officer Michael T. Wholey  

2000

Sergeant Wayne Dunn, Detective Brian Lauler, Police Officer Gregg Gaynor, Haverstraw Village Police Department, Sergeant Martin Lund and Police Officer John Lawless of the Haverstraw Town Police Department, repeatedly entered a burning three story 52 unit apartment building to alert and evacuate many of the still sleeping residents. All of the officers had to brave thick smoke, intense heat and flames. They worked their way through the building, at times crawling on the floor, to escort frightened and disoriented residents from the building. Many small children had to be carried. Two of the officers suffered smoke inhalation and a third was treated for a laceration to his leg, as well as smoke inhalation.

1999

Police Officer Matthew Dziergowski of the New York City Police Department, disregarded his own safety while covering an accident scene, when he placed his patrol car between a speeding vehicle and his fellow officers. The resulting collision ended with Officer Dziergowski losing his life. His action saved the lives of several officers who would have otherwise been struck.

1998

Police Officers Marlene Loos, Kit Gabrielsen and Alphonso Ray of the Suffolk County Police Department, subdued and arrested an individual after Officer Loos was attacked, disarmed and shot while handling an assault case. Despite her injuries, Officer Loos evacuated civilians from the line of fire and physically protected one citizen by covering her with her own body. Officers Gabrielsen and Ray came to Officers Loos' aid, were engaged in a gun battle with her attacker and eventually subdued and arrested the individual.

1997

Sergeant Edward J. Kelly and Police Officers Thomas P. Ciancarelli, David D. Henenlotter and Richard A. Hermann of the Nassau County Police Department, disregarded their own safety when they formed a human chain and entered a burning dwelling to pull a man and two elderly women to safety.

1996

Police Officer John P. Maher of the New York/New Jersey Port Authority Police Department, while off -duty, crawled into a burning residence on his hands and knees to find a two year old toddler and his fifty-five year old grandmother both of whom were semiconscious. Officer Maher handed the child off to another rescuer, and then proceeded to drag the grandmother to safety. Once outside the officer stood by the victims until EMS personnel arrived.

1995

Police Officer Juan A. Diaz, Jr. of the Suffolk County Police Department, disregarding his own personal safety, rescued an accident victim who had been ejected from her vehicle. The vehicle had severed a utility pole cascading high voltage electrical lines onto the wet pavement and around the victim. To further complicate the situation, a high voltage transformer which was attached to the pole, threatened to explode. Maneuvering through the live wires Officer Diaz scooped up the victim, and retreated to a safe area just as the transformer exploded.

1994

Investigator Ricky J. Parisian of the New York State Police, while off-duty, observed an armed robbery in progress in a local supermarket. Investigator Parisian quickly removed store patrons from danger by escorting them out a back door to safety, whereupon he returned to the front of the store concerned for two employees still trapped by the perpetrator. Inv. Parisian, who was unarmed, tackled the robber. In the ensuing struggle, Inv. Parisian was shot once in the chest. Before succumbing to his wound, he disarmed the gunman, pulled off his ski mask and proceeded to give chase.

1993

Police Officer Leroy Palmer of the City of Mount Vernon Police Department was recognized for his bravery where he and his partner were both shot by a suspect and his partner was incapacitated. Officer Palmer was able to return fire and additionally helped capture the two men who were in the company of the shooter.

1992

Police Officer Mark Raynor of the Southampton Town Police Department crawled into a building which was fully engulfed in flames and thick smoke to rescue an infant boy trapped inside. Despite his heroic efforts in finding the child, carrying him to safety and administering CPR, Officer Raynor was unable to save the child's life.

1991

Trooper Nestor L. Rodriquez of the New York State Police disregarding his own personal safety, crawled on his back through the driver's door window of an overturned and burning vehicle to free the driver who was trapped inside. Just as Trooper Rodriquez succeeded in moving the driver to a safe distance from the vehicle, it burst into flames, becoming fully engulfed. His bravery saved the driver's life.

1990

Detective Patrick Brosnan of the New York City Police Department was involved in 10 incidents during 1990, any one of which qualifies him for this award. He has a distinguished 8-year career, effecting over 800 arrests, 300 of which involved possession of a loaded gun. For his exceptional bravery, Detective Brosnan received 132 citations.

1989

Sergeant Kenneth E. Burdick of Oswego County Sheriff's Department saw the headlights of an oncoming car disappear while rounding a curve. Upon investigation he found that the car had gone off the road and into icy waters of a deep creek. His quick action resulted in saving the lives of five people who would surely have otherwise drowned.

1988

Police Officer John Yotter of the Lockport City Police Department responded quickly to an early morning house fire. Upon arriving at the scene, he saw smoke and heard cries "Save my baby!" coming from a second floor window. Without regard for his own safety, he entered the house and led three adults and two children to safety.

1987

Police Officers Wilfred Barriere and William Moran of the New York/New Jersey Port Authority Police Department, were recognized for their valor in taking decisive action against armed robbers. Placing the safety of others above their own personal well being, their quick actions were instrumental in bringing a highly dangerous situation to a fast and successful conclusion.

1986

Detective Paul Ragonese of the New York City Police Department was recognized for his numerous acts of bravery and valor as a member of the department's Emergency Services Unit. Most recent was the aid rendered to a woman pinned under a 35 ton crane.

1985

Sergeant David B. Grossman of the New York State Police was recognized for his acts of bravery in rescuing three people from a burning automobile. This incident occurred on the Southern State Parkway, Long Island.

1984

Detective Robert T. Gallagher of the New York City Police Department received the award for his work as a member of the department's anti-robbery team. They worked on the confiscation of illegal firearms in Manhattan and the Bronx.

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