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New Rochelle Police Honor Fallen Comrades, Officers' Service

New Rochelle officers salute in honor of those who lost their lives in the line of duty. The police department recently held ceremonies that also recognized the accomplishments of nearly 100 of its members.
New Rochelle officers salute in honor of those who lost their lives in the line of duty. The police department recently held ceremonies that also recognized the accomplishments of nearly 100 of its members. Photo Credit: New Rochelle Police Department/Facebook
Christopher Guglielmo was named New Rochelle's Police Officer of Year.
Christopher Guglielmo was named New Rochelle's Police Officer of Year. Photo Credit: New Rochelle Police Department/Facebook
NYPD Det. Steven McDonald, who was paralyzed in 1986 after he was shot by a teen gunman, gives the keynote address at ceremonies in New Rochelle recently.
NYPD Det. Steven McDonald, who was paralyzed in 1986 after he was shot by a teen gunman, gives the keynote address at ceremonies in New Rochelle recently. Photo Credit: New Rochelle Police Department/Facebook
New Rochelle City Manager Chuck B. Strome, center, handed out award for the top three Police Memorial essays to Natalie M. Chang, Justin Friedberg, and Stephen Philippeav. With them is Capt. Robert Gazzola.
New Rochelle City Manager Chuck B. Strome, center, handed out award for the top three Police Memorial essays to Natalie M. Chang, Justin Friedberg, and Stephen Philippeav. With them is Capt. Robert Gazzola. Photo Credit: New Rochelle Police Department/Facebook
Bagpipes from the Police Emerald Society of Westchester perform at National Police Week ceremonies in New Rochelle recently.
Bagpipes from the Police Emerald Society of Westchester perform at National Police Week ceremonies in New Rochelle recently. Photo Credit: New Rochelle Police Department/Facebook
William Berry, second from right, was named as Civilian Employee of the Year. With him are, from left, Deputy Police Commissioner Joseph F. Schaller, Dr. Leroy Mitchell, Police Foundation member; and Police Commissioner Patrick Carroll.
William Berry, second from right, was named as Civilian Employee of the Year. With him are, from left, Deputy Police Commissioner Joseph F. Schaller, Dr. Leroy Mitchell, Police Foundation member; and Police Commissioner Patrick Carroll. Photo Credit: New Rochelle Police Department/Facebook

NEW ROCHELLE, N.Y. -- City and law enforcement officials, and family members, gathered in New Rochelle recently to pay tribute to police officers who lost their lives in the line of duty.

The ceremony, which was held on Wednesday, May 18, in observance of National Police Week, took place at the Greentree Country Club.

Also recognized were the accomplishments of nearly 100 members of the Police Department.

Police Commissioner Patrick Carroll, in opening the ceremony, noted that it was “a special day” when the police and community “get together to remember our fallen heroes and honor those officers who served the community in an exemplary fashion.”

Named as Police Officer of the Year was Christopher Guglielmo for his outstanding police work.

Community Service Officer William Berry was named Civilian Employee of the Year.

New York City Detective Steve McDonald, who was shot by a teen gunman in 1986 and paralyzed from the neck down, gave the keynote address at the ceremony.

McDonald is now a speaker on the power of forgiveness, police said.

His son, Conor, joined the New York Police Department in 2010.

Three local schoolchildren, who wrote Police Memorial essays, were also recognized.

They were Stephen Philippeav, of Trinity Elementary School, who won first place in the essay contest; Justin Friedberg, Davis Elementary School, second place; and Natalie M. Chang, Ward Elementary School, third place.

The awards were handed out by City Manager Chuck B. Strome.

For the complete list of names of those receiving awards, click here.

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