A recent dinner meeting of Victor-Farmington Rotary Club served as an occasion to recognize contributions made by police agencies that serve the Victor-Farmington community.
The recognition included a community service award for Ontario County Sheriff Phil Povero, who will retire at the end of this year.
The dinner was held in conjunction with National Police Week, which was established in 1962 by President John F. Kennedy to recognize the sacrifices and contribution of the nation’s police officers.
Victor-Farmington Rotary annually recognizes an officer from agencies serving the local community — New York State Police and Ontario County Sheriff’s Office. This year’s Service Above Self awards went to Chris Baldwin, a senior investigator from Troop E, and Zdenek Chumacero, a deputy with the sheriff’s office. Both received Paul Harris Fellow awards in recognition of their professionalism and dedication to serving citizens of the local communities.
Baldwin, a 32-year veteran with state police, supervises Bureau of Criminal Investigation investigators assigned to Ontario County. The Farmington resident will retire in July. Capt. Carolyn Mullin introduced Baldwin at the dinner.
Chumacero, of Victor, is a 13-year veteran patrol officer who serves as the school resource officer for Victor Central School District. Povero introduced Chumacero at the dinner. Jim Haugh, assistant superintendent of Victor CSD, represented the district.
Officers were nominated for these awards by their respective departments. The Paul Harris Fellow Award represents a $1,000 donation from Victor-Farmington Rotary to the Rotary Foundation in each officer’s name to support worldwide service projects.
A special Service Above Self Award went to Povero in recognition of his service to the people of Ontario County. He also received a Paul Harris Fellow Award. Povero originally joined the department in 1972, and was elected sheriff in 1990. He is the longest serving sheriff in county history, as well as the longest currently serving sheriff in the state.
Assembly Minority Leader Brian Kolb, R-131st District, presented proclamations passed by the State Assembly that honored the three recipients for their service. Numerous public officials and retired law enforcement officers attended the dinner.
Rotary District 7120 Gov. Don Milton participated in the awards ceremony, and expressed gratitude for the work done by men and women of local law enforcement agencies.
Bonnie Cottone, president of Victor-Farmington Rotary, closed the meeting by thanking law enforcement officers for all they do. She said the club is honored to annually recognize their service during National Police Week.