State Police superintendent Joseph D’Amico said the troopers and employees “performed selfless acts of courage and heroism, established themselves as steadfast leaders, and demonstrated exemplary commitment to service and duty.”
At the 35th annual memorial and award ceremony at the State Police Academy, three troopers from central New York received The Brummer Award, the agency’s highest honor for bravery.
The officers, Sgt. Thomas Haumann, Trooper Carlo Gennario, and Trooper Richard Snyder, of Troop D in Sylvan Beach, Oneida County, shot a man after he killed his baby with a shotgun on June 22, 2010, and pointed the gun at them. The man, 21-year-old Adam Theall, is serving a life sentence in prison.
Other award recipients included:—Trooper David Brown, of Troop E in Painted Post, Steuben County, who on Oct. 2 rescued a man from a burning vehicle that flipped in the town of Erwin.
—Sgt. Mark Breen, of Troop K in Rhinebeck, Dutchess County, who on March 19, 2010, shot and killed a man in Milan after the man held his estranged wife at gunpoint, threatened to kill himself and the woman and then pointed his shotgun at Breen.
—Sgt. Mark Nielson and Trooper Adrian Melendez, of Troop K in Cortlandt, Westchester County, who on April 27, 2010, rescued a driver who drove into the Croton River in Peekskill after the driver refused to stop and drove through a locked gate at the historic Van Cortlandt Manor.
—First Sgt. Timothy Coughlin of Troop E in the Finger Lakes region for his expertise in planning special large group details, including for police funerals.
—Trooper Kevin Dobson of Troop A in western New York, who received posthumously the Superintendent’s Traffic Safety Award for his commitment to highway safety. On March 26, he was struck and killed during a traffic stop on I-290 in Tonawanda, Erie County.
—State Police Community Narcotics Enforcement Team-Western Region, headquartered in Buffalo, which received the Superintendent’s Unit Citation Award for its outstanding efforts in 2010.