10 May 2022

NEW YORK STATE POLICE
Kevin P. Bruen
Superintendent
 
Beau Duffy
Director of Public Information 
(518) 457-2180

 
*** NEWS ADVISORY ***

 

State Police to hold 46th Annual Memorial Service and Awards Ceremony
 
Event:             New York State Police 46th Annual Awards Day
                        Ceremony and Memorial Service
 
Date:               Wednesday, May 11, 2022
 
Time:              Memorial Service – 10:00 AM
                        Annual Awards Ceremony – 10:30 AM
 
Location:        New York State Police Academy
                        Building 24, 1220 Washington Avenue
                        Albany, NY 

Each year, the State Police honor the fallen, and all deceased State Police members at the annual Memorial Service.

Since 1917, the New York State Police have lost 156 members in the line of duty.

This year, the State Police will recognize seven members: Sergeant James J. Monda, Trooper Joseph J. Mecca, Jr., Colonel William J. DeBlock, Jr., Trooper Michael R. O’Donnell, Zone Sergeant James G. Sweeney, Trooper Scott P. Enser, and Major Rodrick C. Covington.  

On August 22, 2021, Sergeant Monda died during his assignment to a marine patrol on the Great Sacandaga Lake.

On December 2, 2020, Trooper Mecca died of illness stemming from his assignment to the World Trade Center site following the terrorist attack on September 11, 2001.   

On December 20, 2020, Colonel DeBlock, Jr., died of illness stemming from his assignment to the World Trade Center site following the terrorist attack on September 11, 2001.                                                       

On December 24, 2020, Trooper O’Donnell died of illness stemming from his assignment to the World Trade Center site following the terrorist attack on September 11, 2001.                                                       

On March 6, 2021, Zone Sergeant Sweeney died of illness stemming from his assignment to the World Trade Center site following the terrorist attack on September 11, 2001.     

On March 20, 2021, Trooper Enser died from an illness stemming from his assignment to the World Trade Center site following the terrorist attack on September 11, 2001.

On March 31, 2022, Major Covington died from an illness stemming from his assignment to the World Trade Center site following the terrorist attack on September 11, 2001.

 

Following the Memorial Service, New York State Police Superintendent Kevin P. Bruen will present the following awards:

Brummer Award – The New York State Police’s highest award for heroism

Trooper Robert P. Stawicki – Troop D

Superintendent’s Commendation Awards

Trooper Joseph M. Butler – Troop A

Trooper David M. Rogers – Troop B

Trooper Shannon J. Sauders – Troop B

Zone Sergeant Bryan C. Meehan – Troop C

Trooper Rebecca C. Seager – Troop C

Trooper Ryan D. Thorp – Troop C

Trooper Andre S. Wiley – Troop D

Trooper Timothy J. Nanry – Troop E

Trooper Justin D. Tosi – Troop F

Trooper Daniel W. Engel  – Troop F

Trooper Nathan J. Chernewsky  – Troop K

Investigator Vincent S. Delango – Joint Terrorism Task Force

Trooper Kevin P. Dobson Traffic Safety Award

Trooper Michael M. Slawek – Troop A

George M. Searle Memorial Award

Lieutenant Colonel George K. Nohai – Administration

Technical Sergeant Richard A. Ellis – Academy

Technical Sergeant Philip D. Shappy – Academy

Trooper William V. McDonagh Award

Trooper Todd A. Claremont (Posthumously) – Troop B

Superintendent’s Unit Citation Award

Business Integration Unit (BISU)

Supervisor Recognition Award/Sworn

First Sergeant Lawrence P. Wood – Troop NYC (Retired)

Supervisor Recognition Award/Non-Sworn

Mr. Bradley J. Brown – Forensic Investigation Center

Civilian Employee Recognition Award

Ms. Melissa J. Weingaertner – Troop K

 

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