A dinner meeting of the Victor-Farmington Rotary Club served to recognize contributions made by the men and women of police agencies serving the local community in honor of National Police Memorial Day, May 15.
The day was established in 1962 by President John F. Kennedy to recognize the sacrifices and contributions of the nation’s police officers.
Victor-Farmington Rotary annually recognizes an officer from the Ontario County Sheriff’s Office and New York State Police. This year’s Service Above Self Award recipients are Trooper Bradley Holcomb, of Fishers, from Troop E in Farmington and Deputy Sheriff Karl Nelson, of Hopewell.
Each received a Paul Harris Fellow Award, which represents a club donation of $1,000 in their name to the Rotary Foundation.
Holcomb, a six-year veteran with NYSP, is assigned to local patrol duties in Ontario County. Lt. Miklos Szoczei and Sgt. Chris Brown introduced Holcomb at the dinner. Brown said Holcomb’s performance led to his designation as a field training officer for new troopers.
Nelson is a 32-year veteran with OCSO. Sheriff Kevin Henderson spoke of his long and distinguished career with the department. He was assigned patrol duties in the area. Nelson recently retired as a full-time deputy, but continues to serve on a part-time basis in the towns of Victor and Farmington, with an emphasis on traffic enforcement.
Public officials and retired law enforcement officers attending the dinner included Victor Town Supervisor Jack Marren, chair of the Ontario County Board of Supervisors; Farmington Town Supervisor Pete Ingalsbe; Victor Mayor Gary Hadden; Bristol Town Supervisor Bob Green; District Attorney James Ritts; and retired Ontario County Court Judge William Kocher.
Bob Green, a retired member of OCSO, noted the importance of the support police officers receive from their spouses. Wendy Nelson and Marika Holcomb were recognized during the award presentations.
Rotary Gov. Mike Slovak, of District 7120, expressed his personal gratitude, and that of all Rotarians, for the work done by the men and women of the law enforcement. Joining in the presentations was Assistant Rotary Gov. Mary Green, a retired NYSP sergeant.
Holcomb and Nelson received recognition of their services from the offices of U.S. Reps. Tom Reed, R-23rd District, and Chris Collins, R-27th District, and state Sens. Pam Helming, R-54th District, and Rich Funke, R-55th District.
Club President Ross Cottone ended the meeting by thanking the officers for their work.