FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
June 12, 2012
MAYOR BLOOMBERG AND POLICE COMMISSIONER KELLY HONOR 42 MEMBERS OF THE NYPD AT ANNUAL MEDAL DAY CEREMONY
Police Officer Alain Schaberger and Detective Peter Figoski Posthumously Awarded Medal of Honor; Detective Figoski's Partner Detective Glenn Estrada Honored for Chasing and Apprehending Assailant
Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg and Police Commissioner Raymond W. Kelly today honored 42 members of the New York City Police Department at its annual Medal Day ceremony at One Police Plaza.
“Today we recognize the Finest of the Finest – saluting some of the men and women who went above and beyond in answering the call of duty and responded bravely, judiciously and heroically in circumstances of extreme danger,” said Mayor Bloomberg. “Sadly, today we also honor two of New York’s Finest who we lost, dying valiantly in the line of duty. Thanks to those we honor today and the entire NYPD, New York remains the nation’s safest big city. Last year we wrapped up the safest decade in the city’s history – by far.”
“The members of the department being recognized today possess honor and courage in abundance,” said Commissioner Kelly. “Honor, as exemplified by their dedication to serving the public, combined with the courage to confront violent criminals and face life-threatening situations. For their selflessness and heroism, they’ve earned the Police Department’s highest awards: the Medal of Honor, the Distinguished Service Medal, the Police Combat Cross and the Medal for Valor.”
Family members of Police Officer Alain Schaberger and Detective Peter Figoski received the Medal of Honor, the Police Department’s highest award, on behalf of their loved ones who were killed in the line of duty last year.
Officer Schaberger was arresting a domestic violence suspect in the 84th Precinct on March 13, 2011 when suspect violently resisted on the front steps of his residence, causing Officer Schaberger to fall nine feet and suffer serious injuries. Officer Schaberger succumbed to his injuries that morning. He was a 10-year veteran of the Department who previously served in the U.S. Navy, and had an exceptional reputation as a vigilant, dependable officer, Commissioner Kelly said.
Detective Figoski was responding to a burglary in progress on December 12, 2011 in the 75th Precinct when he was fatally shot by a suspect who tried to flee, struggled with and then mortally wounded then-officer Figoski. Detective Figoski was a 22-year veteran of the Department who made hundreds of arrests and helped to accomplish a 90 percent reduction in crime in the 75th Precinct over those two decades.
Detective Figoski’s partner, Detective Glenn Estrada, heard the gun fire and released the burglar he was struggling with and ran after the assailant who fired the shot. During the chase, he transmitted a precise description of the suspect and his direction of flight, and was able to apprehend him moments later with other arriving officers. Detective Estrada received the Medal for Valor Tuesday.
Other members of the service were awarded as follows:
Distinguished Service Medal – conferred upon the family of a member of the service who succumbed to illness associated with exceptional duty, performed with great responsibility, under unusual hazard or demand. Thirteen members of the service who succumbed to illnesses contracted following the rescue and recovery effort in the aftermath of the September 11th attacks received the Distinguished Service Medal:
Captain Barry Galfano – Emergency Service Unit
Police Combat Cross – The Department’s second highest award, bestowed for extraordinary acts of heroism while engaged in personal struggle with an armed adversary under circumstances of imminent personal hazard. Twelve members of the service, including two retirees, received the Police Combat Cross:
Lieutenant Gary Abrahall (retired) – Transit District 20, Queens
Medal for Valor – The Department’s third highest award, granted for acts of outstanding personal bravery performed in the line of duty and at imminent personal hazard to life, under circumstances evincing disregard for personal consequence. Fifteen members of the service received the Medal for Valor:
Lieutenant Lawrence Serras – Emergency Services Unit
Unit Citations – Nine commands were recognized for outstanding performance in sustaining a high level of service to the City of New York in 2011:
Stu Loeser / Marc La Vorgna (212) 788-2958
Paul Browne (DCPI) (646) 610-6700
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