April 26, 2012
New York Institute of Technology says thank you to hero cops
They say no good deed goes unpunished. They’re wrong.
In fact, the outstanding deeds of police officers from Old Brookville and Old Westbury were recently recognized and celebrated at the New York Institute of Technology.
The university presented awards to seven law enforcement officials, including Sgt. Michael Clarke of the Old Brookville Police Department, who was driving through Oyster Bay when he was called upon to help a man who had suffered a heart attack.
Clarke used an automated external defibrillator to resuscitate the man.
“The affair was an outstanding morale booster for our Department and not only provided our personnel with the opportunity to be recognized for the exceptional work that they do, but also provided us with the chance to interact with some of the NYIT staff in a terrific setting,” said Old Brookville Police Department Chief Richard Smith.
“We are grateful to the Administration of NYIT for hosting this event and look forward to our continued partnership in keeping NYIT a leader in campus safety and security.”
Retired Sgt. Tom Eagan received the NYIT Distinguished Service Award for his 35-year service to the Old Brookville Police Department, while Police Officer Michael Colello, described as the “elder statesman” of the department, received an Honorable Mention award for his service as a role model to younger officers.
“I’m honored... I love coming to work,” Colello said in an interview, noting that he enjoys working closely with people in the community. “We’ve always had that community-officer relationship. We’re the ones who can be out there, do public relations and hold a person’s hand. If we’re able to help in any way, it’s great.”
Detective Edward Kehoe, Jr. of the Old Westbury Police Department, received an Outstanding Recognition Award, in part for his record of clearing more than 90 percent of his cases.
In the year before he was promoted to the rank of detective, he made 87 arrests and issued more than 400 summonses.