Several UPD officers recognized at annual awards ceremony

Utica Police Department recognized several workers for their dedication during an awards ceremony on Tuesday at Valley View.

Posted: May 11, 2021 6:09 PM

UTICA, N.Y. – Utica Police Department recognized several workers for their dedication during an awards ceremony on Tuesday at Valley View.

The awards were for the years 2019 and 2020, since a ceremony couldn’t be held last year because of the coronavirus pandemic.

Sgt. Peter Caruso received the Medal of Honor/Thomas Lindsey Award after he was shot at on Brayton Park Place in April of 2020.

Chief Mark Williams says amid the negative news surrounding police, there is also a wealth of gratitude shown by the community toward his officers.

“We tend to hear the national news about people unhappy with police..what they don't see is what I get daily -- letters, phone calls, cards from children to adults thanking us for what we do. I think the vast majority of Americans know the value of having police and the important job we do in the community,” he said.

Here is the full list of those honored at the ceremony:

92nd Annual Awards for Year 2019

Exceptional

Goldstein, Sergeant Charles

Gomez, Officer Steven

Jukic, Officer Dino

Civilian

George Abidib

Honorable

Aiello, Officer Joseph

Bubnis, Officer Sean

Cerminaro, Investigator Michael

Ciotti, Officer Zachary

Desens, Officer David

DeTraglia, Officer John

Dodge, Officer Jessica

Dodge, Officer Jordan

Flo, Officer Michael

Gracanin, Officer Adis

Grande, Officer Joshua

Heilig, Officer Carlie

Kellogg, Officer Ray

Merrick, Officer Alan

Murphy, Officer Kyle

Schiavi, Officer Matthew

Sheppard, Officer Tyler

Talerico, Officer Donald

Herman, Officer Daniel (New Hartford PD)

 

93rd Annual Awards for Year 2020

Exceptional

Austin, Investigator Joshua

Dewey, Officer Paul

Flo, Officer Michael

Goldstein, Sergeant Charles

Gomez, Officer Steven

Jackson, Officer Wesley

Jukic, Officer Dino

Unit Citation

Austin, Investigator Joshua

Dewey, Officer Paul

Flo, Officer Michael

Goldstein, Sergeant Charles

Gomez, Officer Steven

Jackson, Officer Wesley

Jukic, Officer Dino

Medal of Honor/Thomas Lindsey Award

Caruso, Sergeant Peter

Ed Ruffing/Ken Schaff Exception Supervisor

Rios, Sergeant Hiram

Honorable

Abel, Sergeant John

Ambrose, Officer Zachary

Austin, Investigator Joshua

Balio, Officer Michael

Baye, Officer Brian

Bruzzese, Sergeant Frederick

Bubnis, Officer Sean

Carville, Sergeant Kerry

Cimpi, Sergeant Joseph

Comeskey, Officer Brian

DeTraglia, Officer John

Flo, Officer Michael

Frye, Officer Silas

Gomez, Officer Steven

Grande, Officer Joshua

Grullon, Officer Benny

Jukic, Officer Dino

Kellogg, Officer Ray

Lange, Officer Richard

Morinitti, Officer Andrew

Murphy, Officer Kyle

Parkosewich, Sergeant Charles

Penree, Officer Jacob

Phillips, Sergeant Keith

Rejrat, Officer Stanley

Sabanovic, Sergeant Dzenan

Schiavi, Officer Matthew

Taft, Officer Andrew

Viscomi, Officer Adrian

West, Officer Patrick

Collver, Michelle (Crime Analyst)

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