Irondequoit Police Department Awards were presented to police officers and a local business that supports an Impaired Driving Education Awareness Program.
At the November 2017 Irondequoit Town Board meeting, Officer Joseph Shevlin and Officer Dominic Pronti were presented with the IPD Officer of the Year Pins. This recognition is supported by the Irondequoit Police Nightstick Club, PBA and the Irondequoit Police Department
Shevlin and Pronti were recognized for the recovery of a stolen handgun that was in a vehicle stopped for traffic violations.During this inquiry, the occupants of the vehicle fled on foot and the officers could take them into custody without incident. As result of these actions a stolen gun was located and the perpetrators were apprehended before any criminal act occurred involving this weapon.
The IPD Distinguished Service Award was presented to Sgt. James Reed, Officer Brad Lape, Officer Richard Looby, Officer Jason Hughes, Officer Richard Cole, Officer Brandon Salley and Officer Christopher Soprano. These officers responded to the Irondequoit Bay Outlet area for two boys who were in distress while swimming. During this response, several good samaritans responded to assist. One of those individuals had fatigue and required medical attention. Lape performed CPR on the subject while Looby and others assisted the young boys. Reed and other officers worked to clear the area so medical personnel could treat those in need and perform critical medical transports to Rochester General Hospital and Strong Memorial Hospital.
Officer Christopher Soprano was presented with the November 2017 Officer of the Month Award for an intensive drug investigation that culminated with the arrest of an individual who was distributing heroin laced with fentanyal. The drug dealer was utilizing the Route 104 corridor to meet individuals to conduct these transactions. The subject was arrested before any fatal overdoses occurred involving his transactions.
Sgt. Jessica Franco, Officer Kylee Nichols and Soprano were presented with IPD Excellent Police Service Awards for 2017. These officers earned this recognition by conducting several criminal investigations along with their volunteer service at the Latino Youth Baseball Tournament, Special Olympics Applebee’s Table Service Fundraiser as well as the Dunkin’ Donuts “Cops on Top” event. They also volunteered to assist with the investigation involving the assault on a Rochester police officer. This award recognizes the investigative efforts of these officers and the volunteer work they do in our community.
The Paul W. Harris Funeral Home was presented with the IPD Making a Difference Award. Rick Harris has volunteered his time and Harris Funeral Home resources as they partner with the IPD for the Impaired Driving Awareness Program at local schools. This program demonstrates the serious consequences of impaired driving actions, and Harris adds the component of how these crashes impact family, friends and community.
The award recipients were congratulated by IPD Command Staff, Irondequoit Town Board members and the community at large. Chief Richard Tantalo indicated that “this is just a sample of the exceptional work done by our personnel as they serve this community with distinction and honor.”