"I have needed the help of the police and medics several times over the years since I moved into Port Washington (1978) and have always been impressed and comforted by the excellent and rapid assistance I have always received. Your standards are high and your officers are the best!"
Camping for the camera are Port's ever-popular (and fun loving) crossing guards, who all received Awards of Appreciation at the Port Washington Police District's Awards Ceremony.
Captain James Ellerby reading one of many letters at the Police Awards Ceremony which he felt captured the kind of praise the PWPD receives regularly.
On June 17, members of the PWPD, decked out in their navy blue uniforms, filed into the Sousa School auditorium to receive awards and commendations from the police district.Chief William J. Kilfoil called the ceremony to order and Lieutenant Frederick Tolliver gave the invocation.Captain Randolph Mineo introduced the many public officials from the county, state and town who attended the ceremony.Captain James Ellerby, along with Chief Kilfoil, Police Commissioners Smitheimer and Persons, presented the awards as follows:
SERGEANT JEFFREY MORRIS, along with PO Dennis Gaynor, responded to a report of a smell of smoke in the vicinity of Roxbury Road. Upon their arrival, the house was totally engulfed in flames and it was necessary to immediately search the house for possible victims. With no regard for his own personal safety. Sgt.Morris entered the flaming, smoke-filled dwelling, crawling on is hands and knees, searching for possible victims until the intense heat and smoke made it impossible for him to continue.
POLICE OFFICER DENNIS GAYNOR, received his award for his courageous efforts at the same fire described above.
LIEUTENANT RONALD DEMEO, commanding officer of the Port Washington Police Detective Division, supervised the Narcotics Unit's participation in a joint investigation with the Drug Enforcement Administration of illegal drug money laundering. The successful closure of this investigation resulted in the seizure of $16,390,069, in New York and Florida, the largest seizure of currency in US history. For its participation, the district was awarded over 2.4 milion dollars in Asset Forfeiture Funds.
DETECTIVE DEAN STEINMANN,as part of a joint investigative team, did participate in surveillances and undercover operations regarding the money laundering of the illegal drug enterprise described above.
DETECTIVE JOHN STEADMAN, as part of a joint investigative team, did participate in surveillances and undercover operations regarding the money laundering of the illegal drug enterprise described above.
POLICE OFFICER PAUL FAULK responded to a report of an overturned boat with a person clinging in distress in Manhasset Bay. P.O. Faulk immediately responded to the Town Dock, where a boat and assistance could be quickly secured. With the aid of Firefighter Thomas McDonough and TNH employee James Fleming, PO Faulk rescued the submerged victim who was half frozen and suffering hypothermia. PO Faulk's swift response and complete disregard for his safety on this blustery winter day resulted in the successful saving of a human life.
DETECTIVE ROBERT DELMURO, demonstrated intelligence and leadership in bringing a sensitive and multi-faceted investigation to a successful conclusion. His meritorious efforts as lead detective resulted in the arrest of eight members of the criminal enterprise known as the Mara Salvatrucha-MS13 Gang. Detective DelMuro's information-gathering in this case has also been instrumental in aiding other law enforcers in furthering their crime fighting efforts against this violent gang.
DETECTIVE DEAN STEINMANN and DETECTIVE JOHN STEADMAN each received 2 awards for the same service. Both had been assigned as members of a multi-agency Drug Enforcement Task Force under the auspices of the Nassau County District Attorney's office. As part of this assignment,detectives Steinmann and Steadman had worked with detectives from Nassau County, Long Beach, Freeport and other agencies. Both detectives helped in developing information through their confidential informants and clever and intelligent use of surveillance equipment, resulting in 68 recorded drug buys involving at least 50 people in documented taped evidence.
Both detectives received another Meritorious Police Service Award for continuing to initiate investigations into the use and sale of crack/cocaine in the Harbor Homes Housing Development and other areas, through intelligent cultivation and use of informants, and the clever use of the latest in police surveillance technologies. Their investigations have documented in excess of 41 purchases of crack/cocaine, yielded 2 search warrants, 16 defendants and 10 hours of audio/video tape.
DETECTIVE JERRY RASIAK was assigned to assist the Port Washington Narcotics Unit in its joint investigation with the Drug Enforcement Administration of illegal drug money laundering operations. Detective Rasiak was involved in numerous vehicle and house surveillances, and the execution of two search warrants resulting in the seizure of $420,871 and numerous handguns.
P.O. KENNETH NILSEN
P.O. CHARLES KRUITHOFF
P.O. SCOTT WOOD
P.O. KAREN ARSENAULT
Command Recognitions were awarded for a variety of reasons involving good police work. More specifically, these included, among things: the rescue operation in Manhasset Bay; assisting with arresting robbers; acquiring unique knowlege of the habits and whereabouts of unlawful MS-13 Gang activity; police work that led to, among other things, the recovery of $14,0000 in jewelry, $3,400 in stolen camera equipment,$2,500 in Travelers Checks and forged credit cards; narcotic related arrests and graffiti intervention.
SERGEANT JEFFREY MORRIS
P.O.THOMAS MCCARTHY (5)
P.O. JOSEPH NAKELSKI
P.O. STEPHEN CAMMER
P.O. SAMUEL FERRARA
P.O. PAUL FAULK (5)
P.O. DOMENICO MORROCU (2)
P.O. BRIAN MCCARTY
DETECTIVE JERRY RASIAK (2)
DETECTIVE ROBERT DELMURO (2)
P.O. SCOTT WOOD
DETECTIVE DEAN STEINMANN
DETECTIVE JOHN STEADMAN
CAPTAIN JAMES ELLERBY
CHIEF WILLIAM J. KILFOIL VII. Civilian Awards
LILLY MAE MASSEY
SPECIAL POLICE OFFICERS
Frank Scobbo, Jr.
COMMISSIONER JAMES DUNCAN
LIEUTENANT FREDERICK TOLLIVER
Thank you all for attending!