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.
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