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PBA of NYS Law Enforcement Commends SUNY Police Award Recipients

Wednesday, November 16, 2016

The union representing the New York State University Police is commending the state’s university police officers who received awards for heroism, service and lifetime achievements yesterday, Nov. 15. The SUNY Police Chiefs Association bestows the awards annually at a luncheon in Saratoga Springs. 

“We are proud to acknowledge the good work of our members as they serve the public and, at times, make very big contributions to the lives of students and campus visitors,” said PBA of NYS Executive Director and Counsel Dan De Federicis. “We congratulate them on their significant accomplishments.”

The following officers received the Life Saving Award:

Lt. Jonathan Nichols, and Officer Richard Sass, SUNY Oneonta

On a snowy, cold day, they found a hypothermic woman face down in a snow-covered ditch. They rendered care, carried her out of the ditch and kept her warm until paramedics arrived.

Lt. Jerry Antos, SUNY Maritime

Lt. Antos found an unresponsive man and administered CPR while awaiting FDNY paramedics.

Lt. James McCartney and Officers Philip Netzband and Jonathan Macko, SUNY Morrisville

They responded to an overdose victim in a campus dorm. Lt. McCartney administered the drug Naloxone and saved the man’s life.

Officer Joel Archambault, SUNY System Administration

Officer Archambault responded to a man with severe self-inflicted stab wounds. He immediately applied a tourniquet and kept the man conscious until medical personnel arrived.

Officers David Cohen and David Giacondo, SUNY Upstate Medical Center

Officers Cohen and Giacondo responded to a heroin overdose call in a traffic circle. They administered two doses of the drug Naloxone and revived the man, who was treated and later released from the hospital.

Inspector Nelson Castilla, Stony Brook University

Responding to a call of a suicidal man on top of tall scaffolding, threatening to jump. The inspector climbed the scaffolding, established a rapport and eventually talked the man into coming down.

Officer Sergio Disanto, University at Buffalo

Officer Disanto responded to a call of a potential suicide. A woman was hanging on from a third floor window and another person was trying to pull her back in. The officer was able to pull the woman to safety with the help of the other person.

The following officers received the Professional Service Award:

Lt. Ed Kenney, SUNY Alfred State

Lt. Kenney was honored for two incidences: One, he located a man missing for two days on campus. Two, the lieutenant showed great restraint in interacting with a man who pointed what appeared to be an AR style rifle out of a vehicle window. Without firing his service weapon, Lt. Kenney ordered the man to drop the gun. He did and then fled. The object turned out to be a replica of the rifle.

Lt. Daniel Kowalski, SUNY Cobleskill

Recognized for his body of work throughout the year, including his leadership in firearms instruction, crime prevention, computer systems coordination, accreditation management and more.

Lt. David Schwan and Officers David Forrester, Gregory Fowler and Andrew Phillips, SUNY Geneseo

While on patrol, Officer Forrester recognized a person wanted for questioning in a burglary. The case led to connecting the man to several other area burglaries. Lt. Schwan and the other officers assisted in the case.

Lt. Jerry Antos, SUNY Maritime

Antos, who also received a Life Saving Award (above), responded to an aggressive dorm fire, leading to the safe evacuation of all students.

Lt. Paul Field, Lt. Connor Duffy, and Officers Luke Learned, Ben Caruso, Richard Bowman and Jason Welch, SUNY Morrisville

Responding to a complaint of a man threatening to harm others, the lieutenants and officers investigated, obtained search warrants and discovered a cache of illegal weapons.

Officer Akeema Wilson, SUNY Optometry

Recognized for his body of work throughout the year and for including taking on leadership duties on programs including the building key control system, the fire alarm notification system, surveillance camera operations, equipment inspections and the lost-and-found program.

Investigators Todd Stumpf and Gary Borowski, Stony Brook University

A tenacious investigation of an attempted on-campus ATM theft led the investigators to uncover a Suffolk County-wide ATM theft operation.

Officer Chris Fisher, University at Buffalo

Honored for his work organizing and promoting the “Walk in Her Shoes” event to raise funds and awareness for Crisis Services, Inc. in Western New York.

The PBA of New York State is the exclusive bargaining agent for the New York State University (SUNY) Police, the New York State Environmental Conservation Police, the New York State Park Police, and the New York State Forest Rangers. Our members police and protect New York State’s public universities and colleges; state parks and historic sites; and they enforce state laws and protect our lands and forests and ensure environmental safety and quality throughout the state.