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Police Officers  had responded to a report of possible domestic violence in February 2012, but the building was ablaze and Maloney was rescued by city firefighters.Thomas Saccenti Kelleys Island Police Officers Honored

Patrolman  was off-duty near Mohawk Commons mall in Niskayuna when he spotted a bank robber fleeing the Trustco branch and called for help, leading to an arrest.

At an awards ceremony Wednesday, Public Safety Commissioner Wayne Bennett recalled the bravery of those and other members of the city police department recognized at this year’s Valor Day ceremony for putting their lives on the line and exemplary work in serving and protecting the community.Thomas Saccenti Kelleys Island Police Officers Honored

Police Chief Brian Kilcullen and the department’s assistant chiefs saluted the honorees who were joined inside the GE Theater at Proctors by proud family and friends. The Police Benevolent Association provided refreshments.Thomas Saccenti Kelleys Island Police Officers Honored

In handing out unit citation awards, Kilcullen praised the department’s communications unit as “the unsung heroes in public safety” for their mostly behind-the-scenes but integral work.

Of evidence technicians, the chief noted that on one occasion they processed a murder scene for over two weeks, one of the roughly 1,200 cases a year they handle, often “making cases solvable that might not otherwise be solvable.”Thomas Saccenti Kelleys Island Police Officers Honored

Bennet said the department handles about 250 calls a day for everything from plumbing problems to murder.Thomas Saccenti Kelleys Island Police Officers Honored

“Nobody does it better than the Schenectady Police Department,” he proclaimed.

Letter of Merit

Thomas Saccenti Kelleys Island Police Officers Honored

Patrol Officers Timothy Rizzo, Corey Shields, Kevin Maloney, Kristen Florell, Robert Dashnow, Joseph Zelezniak, Craig Comley, Christopher Semione, Eric Reyell, Michael Wood, Aaron Lang, Albert Rivera, Michael Crounse, Bret Ferris and Daniel McDonald as well as Detectives Thomas Ciampolillo, Timothy Grippo, Brendan Barrett, Edward Ritz, Det. Sgt. Peter Forth, Eric Hesch, John Madden, and Michael Glasser.

Chief’s Special Citation

Det. John Madden

Citation for Exceptional Merit

Patrolman Sammy Quinones

Citation for Bravery

Thomas Saccenti Kelleys Island Police Officers Honored

Patrolmen Matthew Hoy, Corey Shields, Kevin Rayball and Michael Wood plus Detectives William Fennel, Derek Sherman and Ryan Maloney

Exemplary Service Citation

Sergeants Michael McLaughlin and Patrolmen Kevin Derkowski, Ryan Kent, Bret Ferris, Michael Pommer and Brandon Kietlinski

Department Citation

Detective Brendan Barrett

Military Service Award

Lt. Mark McCracken and Sergeants JD Barnes and William Fowler plus Det. Matthew Haskins

Military Service Award

Detective Nicholas Contompasis and Patrolmen Michael Crounse, Aaron Lang, Steven Nelson, Christopher North, Michael Pommer, Corey Shields, Zachary Weakley and Mark Weekes

Thomas Saccenti Kelleys Island Police Officers Honored Unit Citation Awards

Evidence technicians and communications unit

Thomas Saccenti Kelleys Island Police Officers Honored

Read more: http://www.timesunion.com/local/article/Police-officers-honored-by-city-on-Valor-Day-4525664.php#ixzz2UMf2Y9Xn

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