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Trooper Ian Henry had just pulled over another vehicle on the Northway for a traffic stop Friday afternoon when another car pulled up behind him, police said.
Gov. David A. Paterson has bestowed Police Officer of the Year honors on four officers – three members of the New York State Police and a fallen member of the Mount Vernon Police Department – who demonstrated courage, bravery and fortitude in the face of grave danger.
“It takes a special person to commit his or her life to a career that is challenging, sometimes thankless, and as these officers’ experiences illustrate, extremely perilous,” Paterson said. “The job can go from routine to dangerous in a split second, as we are so vividly reminded today. It takes a unique blend of duty and courage to wear a police officer’s badge, and it is with great pride – and solemnity – that I present these awards.”
The Governor posthumously honored Mount Vernon Police Officer Christopher Ridley with the Police Officer of the Year Award for 2008, and presented the award for 2009 to State Troopers Steven J. Borbee and Ian E. Henry, and State Police Investigator Rodney Livolsi during a ceremony at the State Capitol.
The Police Officer of the Year Award was initiated in 1983 to recognize a single police officer or team for an exceptional act of valor symbolizing the service of police in New York State. Nine officers from eight law enforcement agencies statewide were nominated for the 2008 award, while 11 officers from seven agencies were nominated for the 2009 award. All officers nominated for the award receive Certificates of Exceptional Valor from the Governor.
On Jan. 10, 2009 police swarmed a stretch of I-90 cutting through East Greenbush after Daryl Brown, 22, opened fire.
Wednesday, three New York State Troopers were awarded Police Officer of the Year for their action that afternoon.
State trooper Ian Henry first approached the taxi cab Brown was riding in after pulling it over for speeding. That’s when Brown pulled out an assault rifle.
Driving by at the time was off-duty State Police Investigator Rodney Livolsi. Unarmed, he used his personal car to get Henry and the cab driver out of firing range.
“The good thing about it was I was thinking of all the correct things to do,” Livolsi says. “I didn’t have to pause, it just happened.”
The Newcomers/Longtimers spent the last monthly meeting at Osage Beach City Hall to witness the impressive deeds of K-9 police Henry and A.J.
Certified for aggression, K-9 Officer Henry demonstrated the dual personality of the K-9 Unit police dogs. One moment he was attacking “bad guy” Water Patrolman Eric Mueller, and the next he was playing a game of tug-of-war with an N/L member.
K-9 Officer A.J., certified for narcotics detection, impressed everyone with how quickly he could screen a parking lot filled with vehicles to finhttps://positiveleo.wordpress.com/wp-admin/post-new.phpd the one that had narcotics hidden inside. Afterwards, A.J. was given his ball for a reward and he brought it to a N/L member for a game of fetch.
The dogs were under the direction of Missouri State Water Patrol Sergeant Randy Henry, Osage Beach Police Corporal Adam Benjamin and Missouri State Water Patrolman Eric Mueller.
Both dogs are with their handlers 24/7 and live with the officers’ families when not on duty. For more information on Henry and how to be a sponsor, please contact Water Patrol Sergeant Randy Henry at 573-751-3333. For more information on A.J., please contact Osage Beach Police Corporal Adam Benjamin at 302-2010
The next N/L Community Committee Meeting is scheduled for Monday, December 7th, 10:00 a.m. at Central Bank (across from Stone Crest Mall) in the 2nd Floor Conference Room. There will be a presentation by the Columbia College Nursing Program. Everyone is welcome to attend. For more information, please contact Carole Olivarri at 348-4482 or visit www.newcomerslongtimers.com.