Syracuse police officers awarded for exceptional service
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SYRACUSE, N.Y. -- Dozens of officers from the Syracuse Police Department were honored Wednesday at the annual Medal Award Ceremony.
The Syracuse Police Benevolent Association recognized 28 officers for their exceptional service and commitment to the city at the Summit Federal Credit Union auditorium in Syracuse.
The ceremony gave the community the opportunity to see how essential the police force is to the stability and well-being of the public and the constant acts of bravery committed by its officers.
"I think that it's good for the public to be able to see what the officers encounter on a daily basis, even in a small City like Syracuse, we have life and death situations every week," said Jeffrey Piedmonte, Syracuse Police Benevolent Association President.
"Each member of the Syracuse Police Department, given the same set of circumstances, I am confident that they would rise to the occasion to put themselves in harm’s way to save life and property of any member of the community because this is simply what we do," Syracuse Police Chief Frank Fowler said
Some of the individual and group awards granted include the SPD Life Saving Award, the PBA Merit Award, officers of the year and the Distinguished Service Award.
- Capt. John Ives, Post Standard Award
- Lt. John Corbett, Timothy Laun Award
- Sgt. Anthony Rosillo, PBA President Award
- Sgt. James Renna, Post Standard Award
- Officer Jason Tom, Post Standard Award
- Officer Shawn Kelley, Post Standard Award
- Officer William Coleman, Post Standard Award
- Officer Scott Henderson, Jerome Slater Award
- Detective James Burns, Wallie Howard Award
- Officer Mark Rusin, Chiefs Achievement Award
- Officer Matthew Erwin, Chiefs Achievement Award
- Officer Christopher Bresett, John C. Dillon Award
- Officer Gordon Quonce III, Hendricks Award
- Officer James Morris, SPD Life Savings Award
- Officer Brent Potts, PBA Merit Award
- Officer Sean Thomas, PBA Merit Award
- Officer Thomas Nicolini, Distinguished Service Award
- Officer Rodney Fitzgerald, Distinguished Service Award
- Officer Robert Newman, Distinguished Service Award
- Officer Matthew Liadka, Distinguished Service Award
- Officer Mark Shea, Distinguished Service Award
- Detective Kevin Birardi, Meritorious Service Award
- Detective James O'Brien, Meritorious Service Award
- Detective Steven Stonecypher, Meritorious Service Award
- Officer Matthew Lalonde, PBA Merit Award/ 1st Platoon Officer of the Year
- Officer Leo Dadey, PBA Merit Award/2nd Platoon Officer of the Year
- Officer Andrew Quinn, PBA Merit Award/3rd Platoon Officer of the Year
- Officer James Cinque, PBA Merit Award/3rd Platoon Officer of the Year