Utica Police hold annual award ceremony

By WKTV News

It's National Law Enforcement Week and Utica Police were honored Friday for their exceptional service in the line of duty.

The 84th annual Police Department Award Ceremony took place Friday, recognizing local heroes for their dedication, outstanding work and honorable service throughout the year. Police Chief Mark Williams said he is very proud of his officers and says this award isn't easy to achieve.

"There's criteria they have to meet and it's a very strict criteria," Chief Williams said. "So when an officer does get recognized formally by the agency, they should be extremely proud because, again, it goes through an awards committee. We screen out the ones that are considered a part of your job and we are looking for an officer that went way beyond the call of duty."


  • Officer George Deangelo
  • Officer Mark Rahn


Exceptional Duty

  • Officer Shannon Acquaviva
  • Officer Andrew Allen- New Hartford Police
  • Officer Brian Bansner
  • Investigator Patrick Bick
  • Officer Howard Brodt
  • Officer Inv. Michael Cerminaro
  • Sgt Donald Cinque
  • Peter Colburn
  • Officer Christopher Faniglula
  • Investigator Mark Fields
  • Officer Steven Fitzgerald
  • Sgt. Ronald Fontaine
  • Officer James Holt
  • Captain Wayne Manolescu
  • Sgt David Matrulli
  • U.S. Deputy Marshaal Greg Morawiec
  • Investigator Peter Paladino
  • Officer Paul Paladino
  • Sgt Peter Scalise
  • Investigator Frank Scarchilli
  • Officer Matthew Sica
  • Captain James Watson


Life Saving

  • Sgt Samuel Geddes
  • Officer Joshua Harrington
  • Officer Starr Wooden


Honorable Service

  • Investigator David Armstrong- 2 awards
  • Officer Brian Bansner-6 awards
  • Officer Ashley Berger
  • Investigator Patrick Bick
  • Sgt Thomas Brady (ret)
  • Officer Sean Bubnis
  • Officer Kerry Carville
  • Officer Michael Cerminaro- 3 awards
  • Sgt Donald Cinque
  • Officer Brian Combellack
  • Investigator Brian Coromato
  • Sgt Joseph Cucharale
  • Officer Michael Curley- 3 awards
  • Officer Philip Dalton
  • Investigator Greg Facciolo- 2 awards
  • Officer Christopher Faniglula
  • Investigator Stanley Fernalld- 2 awards
  • Investigator Mark Fields- 2 awards
  • Sgt Samuel Geddes
  • Officer Charles Goldstein
  • Officer James Graeff- 3 awards
  • Officer Edward Hagen
  • Sgt Steve Hauck
  • Officer James Holt- 3 awards
  • Investigator David Kaminski
  • Officer Kevin Logalbo
  • Sgt David Matrulli
  • Officer Almedin Mekic- 2 awards
  • U.S. Deputy Marshal Greg Morawiec
  • Officer Patrick Murphy
  • Officer Jeremy Nash
  • Investigator Tricia Nicholson-Scully
  • Investigator Terrence Oczkowski- 2 awards
  • Inv Peter Paladino- 3 awards
  • Officer Paul Paladino- 2 awards
  • Officer Charles Parkosewich
  • Officer Vincent Parrotta
  • Officer Robert Padulla- 2 awards
  • Investigator Salih Rizvanovic
  • Investigator Frank Scarchilli- 5 awards
  • Officer Serif Seferagic- 2 awards
  • Investigator Edward Smith- 2 awards
  • Investigator Kevin Strife
  • Officer Gary Taurisani
  • Officer Eric Weir


Combat Cross

  • Sgt Edwin Meyers Jr. (ret)


Civilian Award

  • Kristen Palmer
  • Dana Goldstein
  • Joseph Priore


Superior Officer of the Year

  • Sgt John Convertino


Special Recognition

  • Sam Simon
  • Mike Fanelli

Both men were recognized for their years serving the city of Utica while working for the signal and sign shop.

  • Sgt Samuel Geddes received the Thomas Lindsey award

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