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New Rochelle Police Commissioner Carroll Earns Ellis Island Medal Of Honor

New Rochelle Police Commissioner Patrick J. Carroll - flanked by members of the New Rochelle Police Association in this photo - has earned an Ellis Island Medal of Honor.
New Rochelle Police Commissioner Patrick J. Carroll - flanked by members of the New Rochelle Police Association in this photo - has earned an Ellis Island Medal of Honor. Photo Credit: Contributed

NEW ROCHELLE, N.Y. - Longtime New Rochelle Police Commissioner Patrick Carroll has earned national accolades for his role in running the department for more than two decades.

Commissioner Carroll has been chosen as a recipient of this year’s Ellis Island Medal of Honor, an award for “embodying the spirit of America in (his) celebration of patriotism, tolerance, brotherhood and diversity.”

According to officials, the Ellis Island Medals of Honor embody the spirit of America in their celebration of patriotism, tolerance, brotherhood and diversity. They recognize individuals who have made it their mission to share with those less fortunate their wealth of knowledge, indomitable courage, boundless compassion, unique talents and selfless generosity; all while maintaining the traditions of their ethnic heritage as they uphold the ideals and spirit of America.

For 30 years, prominent citizens throughout the country have earned Medals of Honor for their contributions to the community. Since being founded in 1986, the Medal has been recognized by both houses of Congress as “one of the nation’s most prestigious awards.” Former honorees include six presidents, Secretary of State - and presidential hopeful - Hillary Clinton and prominent Americans such as Frank Sinatra, Muhammad Ali, Elie Wiesel and Rosa Parks.

“The award is a validation to all immigrants that paved the way for us in the greatest country in the world,” Carroll - whose parents passed through Ellis Island 86 years ago - said. “If they didn’t do it, we wouldn’t be here.”

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