June 17,2009, BEACON NEWSPAPER . 3 First P recinct Officers a m o n g those h o n o red b y Police Com m issioner Lt. Dennis Sullivan o f the First Precinct was honored with the Daniel P. Guido leadership award. He is shown in uniform holding his award with S.C. Leg. Du Wayne Gregory and S.C. Police Commissioner Richard Dormer at right and members o f the Guido family. . Suffolk County Police Commissioner Richard Dormer honored the efforts of both officers and civilians at the department’s 45th Annual Awards Ceremony at the Van Nostrand Theatre in Brentwood on May 12. Awards were given to police officers and civilians who have acted heroically or performed their duties exceptionally during the past year. This years honorees included Police Officers: •Peter Rivera of the Third Precinct Patrol Section was honored with the Exceptional Meritorious Award for his bravery. While responding to a domestic dispute, Rivera suffered lacerations to both his hands while being attacked by a man brandishing a knife. During the altercation, Rivera was able to gain control of the situation and safely place the man under arrest without the use of his firearm. •Daniel Colondona and Michael Simpson of the Emergency Service Section were honored with the Meritorious Service Award after they risked their own lives when saving a man from a suicide attempt During a patrol on the Robert Moses Causeway, Colondona and Simpson observed an elderly man standing on the outer beam of a bridge preparing to jump. Without equipment that would prevent the officers from falling into the water themselves, they reacted quickly and reached over the railing and pulled the man to safety. •Christopher Cuiffo and Nelson Jiminez of the Third Precinct Patrol Section were honored with the Exceptional Service Award for rescuing an elderly man from freezing waters. While responding to a call of a man trapped between a boat and dock, Cuiffo and Jiminez pulled the victim to safety, wrapped him in warm blankets and performed first aid. The victim was treated for hypothermia; however, the emergency care the police officers provided prevented him from freezing to death and ultimately saved his life. •Lieutenant Dennis Sullivan of the First Precinct Patrol Section was honored with the Daniel P. Guido Award for leadership. Sullivan leads a platoon of 36 officers and also teaches courses at the Police Academy as a certified police instructor. Civilians Honored included: •Dave Desormeau was honored with the Public Service Award. D e s o rm e a u was driving in Brentwood when he witnessed four men assaulting a pedestrian on a September night in 2009. D e sorm e a u stopped, called 911 and aided the victim until police arrived. He provided the responding officers with a description of the assailants and testified at the grand jury. The men were charged with Robbery and pled guilty. • Matthew Roberts and Jacob Miller were honored with the Public Service Award for helping save a woman’s life when she drove off the road and into the water near Brightwaters Canal on a December morning in 2008. Miller jumped into the canal and helped bring the woman to shore while Roberts called 911 and kept in constant communication with dispatch operators until police arrived. In addition: •Police Officer Douglas Bose was honored with the Exceptional Police Service Award. Bose was off duty when he noticed smoke emanating from a location near Route 231. Bose drove to the location and saw people inside the house on the second floor. Bose couldn’t find a ladder and told the people to lower themselves feet first out of the window and jump. Bose caught and rescued three children and two women from the fully engulfed house. •Police Officers John McGlynn and Daniel Parella were honored with the Cop of the Year Award for their work in detaining a man who just committed a homicide. The First Precinct officers responded to a call of shots fired in Copiague and upon arrival at the scene they noticed a man running with a gun in his hand. While chasing the subject and ordering him to drop the gun, the man threw the gun over a fence. The suspect was tackled, and after a brief struggle he was arrested and placed into custody. The man was convicted of Attempted Murder 2nd Degree. •Police Officer Michael Corbett of the Third Precinct Community Oriented Police Enforcement (COPE) Section was honored with the Cop of the Year Award for the second year in a row. Corbett made 123 arrests, including 28 for drunk driving, in 2009. He has never used a sick day since joining the department in October of 2003. “I commend these officers for going above and beyond the call of duty to help those in need and protect the citizens of Suffolk County,” Dormer said. “The selflessness of these Good Samaritans is truly honorable. We cannot express our gratitude enough.” POLICE BLOTTER The followingincidents have been reported by the Suffolk County Police Departments First Precinct and other local fire and law enforcement agencies. BURGLARY East Farmingdale: Two women were seen robbing a storage unit on New Highway and then fleeing. The theft took place June 1. •Someone took the front door off a Florida Street home May 28, entered the home and stole the contents of a safe. The incident took place sometime prior to 1 p.m. Wyandanch: At about 10 a.m. on June 1, police received a call that someone had broken into a Bedford Street home and had taken assorted items. North Babylon: Gaining entry through a rear window, someone broke into a Poe Place home the morning of May Car goes into lake (Continued from cover) Nicole Chambers, 18, of West Babylon. “I called in to the Village and they called the police.” Chambers said she was driving the vehicle along Trolley Line Road when she went through a puddle and her brakes failed. Attempting to avoid hitting the car in front of her, she turned to go on to the grass where she hoped to bring the vehicle to a safe stop, but the vehicle rolled into the lake. The incident occurred shortly after 11 a.m. Thurs., June 10. One occupant of the vehicle was taken to Good Samaritan Hospital and later released. No other injuries were reported. “I am just glad that no one was hurt,” said Chambers the day after the incident. This story first appeared as breaking news on the Beacons website June, 10. To receive the latest news updates, go to www.babylonbeacon.com and sign up. 26, stealing assorted articles. Copiague: At 7:30 a.m. on June 1, the occupants of a Malta Street home discovered someone had broken in and had taken various items. Babylon Village: The concession stand at a local ball-field was broken into May 26. Police were called at 12:25 p.m. It is not known at this time what may have been taken. West Babylon: Several DVDs and other items were stolen from a Carlton Road home the night of May 26. GRAND LARCENY Wyandanch: An .undisclosed amount of money was taken from a man on Elk Street May 27. Police were notified at 5:30 p.m. West Babylon: A tan Chevy Impala was taken from the lot at a 7-Eleven store on Little Neck Road May 29 at about 5:35 a.m. North Babylon: On May 28, sometime before 2 a.m„ someone stole a 1998 Ford Expedition parked on Deer Park Avenue CRIMINAL MISCHIEF West Islip: The windows of a car parked on Lyons Path were broken May 31, sometime before 10 a.m. Deer Park: A car parked on Acorn Street was vandalized the afternoon of May 29. West Babylon: Someone made graffiti the night of May 26 on a fence outside a Montgomery Avenue home. Deer Park: A fence outside a Winnecomac Avenue home was graffitied by unknown persons May 26, sometime before 5:30 a.m. North Babylon: On May 28, sometime before 11 p.m., someone vandalized a car on Cherubina Lane. ARRESTS DWI: The following persons have been arrested and charged with driving while intoxicated or impaired: Danice Vinueza, 141 Bedell St, West Babylon; Joanna James, 15 Waterford Dr., Wheatley Heights; Bryan Manigat, 165 Maida, Deer Park; Kamil Parzych, 354 Forsythe Ave., Lindenhurst; Russell Schroedler, 229 Sears Rd., West blip; Michael Valuri, 10 Deer Lake Dr., North Babylon. Burglary: Deanna Downes, 601 Arlington Rd., West Babylon; Antoine Evans, 104 Marlborough Rd., Babylon; Angela Urbinati, 131 Midway St, Babylon. The charges against those arrested are allegations and the cases are still pending in the courts. Individuab charged and whose names appear in this column may submit documentation to us at a later date that the charges have been dismissed or that they have been found innocent and we will include that information in this space in a timely manner. Woman seriously injured in West Babylon hit and run A Long Beach woman was struck and seriously taken to Good Samaritan Hospital Medical Center in injured by a vehicle in West Babylon Thurs., June 10, West blip and admitted in serious condition with a shortly before midnight. The drive fled scene. broken hip and a broken leg. June Gittelson, 67, was walking on the east side of Detectives are asking anyone that may have Great East Neck Road north of Maple Street in West witnessed this crash or has information about the Babylon when she was struck by a vehicle traveling incident to call the First Squad at 631-854-8152 or north on Great EastNeck-Road. ----- - . .■!■« anonymously to Crime Stoppers at 1-800-220-TIPS. Gittelson, Of 854 East Broadway, Long Beach, was All calls will remain confidential.