Medal Day Honors 47 Members of NYPD

By - JUN. 14, 2011

Mayor Bloomberg and Police Commissioner Raymond W. Kelly today honored 47 members of the New York City Police Department at the 2011 Medal Day ceremony. The Mayor and Police Commissioner were joined by family members of the honorees at the ceremony at One Police Plaza.

“All of today’s honorees demonstrated qualities that command our respect: personal courage, presence of mind, and an unfaltering willingness to put themselves in harm’s way in order to protect others,” said Mayor Bloomberg. “It is that bravery, skill and commitment that exists throughout the NYPD that has made New York the safest big city in the United States. On behalf of 8.4 million New Yorkers, let me say: thank you, and congratulations to you all on the richly deserved honors.”

“I want to congratulate every command and every officer recognized today, “said Commissioner Kelly. “There is no question that you have risen above and beyond the call of duty and performed extraordinary service for the people of this city.”

Among those awarded the Police Combat Cross were two Detectives who survived multiple gunshot wounds. Detective Ricardo Ramirez was seriously injured during a gun battle in the stairwell of an East New York apartment building, and Detective Robert Salerno who returned gun fire despite having being shot three times by an emotionally disturbed gunman in the Bronx.

The Purple Shield was awarded to Detective Carlos Olmedo of the 62nd Precinct. Detective Olmedo suffered severe head, neck, and leg injuries when he was struck by a motorcycle while chasing a suspected car thief in Brooklyn.

Members of the service were presented Tuesday with Departmental honors, as follows.

Distinguished Service Medalconferred 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. Ten 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:

Inspector Donald G. Feser

Lieutenant Carlos J. Ocasio

Sergeant Alex W. Baez

Detective Corey J. Diaz

Police Officer Frank M. Bolusi

Police Officer Robert C. Grossman

Police Officer Richard Jakubowsky

Police Officer Robert Oswain

Police Officer Robert A. Zane

Auto Mechanic Elmis A. Fisher

Police Combat CrossThe 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. Thirty members of the service, including five retirees, received the Police Combat Cross:

Sergeant John Anzelino

Sergeant Monya Coats

Sergeant Daniel Munoz (ret.)

Sergeant Christopher Newsom

Sergeant Terrence O’Hara (ret.)

Detective Josue Barreto (ret.)

Detective Michael Crick (ret.)

Detective Matthew Costello

Detective Kenneth Fung

Detective William Gonzalez

Detective Feris Jones

Detective Thomas Murphy

Detective Ricardo Ramirez

Detective Daniel Rivera

Detective Robert Salerno

Police Officer Daniel Beddows

Police Officer Brian Cregan

Police Officer Edan Crespo

Police Officer Heriberto Crespo

Police Officer Derrick Edouard

Police Officer Sean Fitzpatrick

Police Officer Daniel Gallagher

Police Officer Robert Klein

Police Officer Brian MacMurray

Police Officer Daniel Robbins

Police Officer Liam Swords

Police Officer Reggie Tapia

Police Officer Robert Tejada (ret.)

Police Officer Radoslaw Terepka

Police Officer Kenneth Thompson

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. Six members of the service received the Medal for Valor:

Police Officer Danny Acosta

Detective Raymond Clair

Police Officer Tara Hayes

Detective Patrick LaScala

Police Officer Richard Lopez

Police Officer Brian McIvor

Purple Shieldawarded to members of the service who have suffered extreme serious physical injury, permanent disfigurement, or protracted or permanent impairment of health or any bodily function. One member of the service was honored with the Purple Shield on Tuesday:

Detective Carlos Olmedo

Unit CitationsPersonnel assigned to the following commands were recognized for outstanding performance in sustaining a high level of service to the City of New York in 2010:

13 Precinct

61 Precinct

110 Precinct

123 Precinct

Housing Bureau Police Service Area #6

Transit District #2

Bomb Squad

Central Records Division

Narcotics Borough Queens

Traffic Operations District Special Events Unit