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Cops of the month honored at Jamaica Rotary Club meeting


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THE COURIER/Photo by Salvatore Licata

Breaking up dog fighting rings and making huge drug busts were among some of the situations that cops in south Queens had to combat in October.

And to show support for all they do, the Jamaica Rotary Club honored officers from the 102nd, 103rd, 105th, 106th and 113th precincts at a recent club meeting.

“The cops are the angels of our community and most of the time they are taken for granted,” said Joe Iaboni, president of the Jamaica Rotary Club. “It shouldn’t be that way. They should be honored for all they do.”

The precinct commanders introduced their respective honorees and detailed the circumstances of the awards.

In the 113th Precinct, Sgt. William Tergesen and P.O. Kenneth Sepolveda broke up a pitbull fighting ring in Jamaica.

The officers seized a slew of items associated with dog fighting, including steel link chains, treadmills and steroids. There were around 20 dogs used in the fighting ring, cops later learned.

In the 105th Precinct, Sgt. John Collins and P.O. Anthony Bartolies were making a routine traffic stop when they noticed the suspect had several packets of marijuana falling from his pocket.

Upon arresting him, the motorist pleaded with the officers to return to his home and check on his 8-year-old son who was home alone.

Once in the apartment the officers found 30 pounds of marijuana, assault rifles, banana clips and hand guns. The man also had 29 prior arrests.

In the 106th Precinct, P.O. John Sforza and P.O. Daniel Rivera noticed a bar fight taking place on Liberty Avenue. They arrested a father-and-son duo, who were trying to rob a man who had just left the bar.

In the 103rd Precinct, Officers Daniel Haggerty and Jacob Gianelli stopped a car for a traffic violation and smelled marijuana coming from inside the vehicle. The motorist drove off and the officers went in pursuit. Once they caught him, he attempted to pull out a .25-caliber handgun, but the officers were able to nab him before he was able to use it.

In the 102nd Precinct, P.O. William Chan and Sgt. Gerard Abrams tracked down two murder suspects using surveillance from a homicide in a club on Atlantic Avenue.

“These officers do important work day in and day out,” said Deputy Chief Galen Frierson, executive officer of Patrol Borough Queens South, at the Oct. 29 Rotary meeting. “They are here to serve the community and reach out to those in need.”

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Police honored at Jamaica Rotary Club meeting


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THE COURIER/ Photos by Salvatore Licata

It is not often that police officers get the recognition that they deserve, according to the president of a local civic group who organizes awards for outstanding cops.

Joe Iaboni, president of the Jamaica Rotary Club,  holds a monthly meeting to honor the cops who keep the communities of southern Queens safe.

“We are very proud to have you [the police] protecting our communities the way they do,” Iaboni said. “You all show great commitment and dedication. Your names are synonymous with the word ‘hero.’”

Police officers from the 102nd, 103rd 106th and 113th precincts were honored at the meeting on Wednesday.  Each precinct honored officers who showed outstanding work during the months of August and September and helped to keep the community they patrol safe.

“This is a great occasion where I get to honor the men and women that I am so proud to lead,” said Assistant Chief David Barrere, commanding officer of Patrol Borough Queens South. “They all do tremendous work for our community.”

Detective Adam Gray and Sgt. Derrick Milligan were honored for their work in a robbery in progress where they arrest the criminal and secured a  25 automatic firearm. (From left: Joe Iaboni, Executive Officer Rod Dantini, Detective Adam Gray, Sgt. Derrick Milligan and Commanding Officer of Queens south, David Barrere)

Detective Adam Gray and Sgt. Derrick Milligan were honored for their work in a robbery in progress where they arrest the criminal and secured a 25 automatic firearm. (From left: Joe Iaboni, Executive Officer Rod Dantini, Detective Adam Gray, Sgt. Derrick Milligan and Commanding Officer of Queens south, David Barrere)

P.O. David Gomez and P.O. Andres Gonzalez of the 106th Precinct were honored for their work in catching a car thief in progress with 77 prior arrests. (From left: Joe Iaboni, P.O. Andres Gomez, P.O. David Gomez, Deputy Inspector Jeffrey Schiff and Commanding Officer of Queens South David Barrere)

P.O. David Gomez and P.O. Andres Gonzalez of the 106th Precinct were honored for their work in catching a car thief in progress with 77 prior arrests. (From left: Joe Iaboni, P.O. Andres Gomez, P.O. David Gomez, Deputy Inspector Jeffrey Schiff and Commanding Officer of Queens South David Barrere)

Sgt. Mary Humburg and P.O. Steven Perretta from the 103th Precinct were honored for their outstanding work of arresting a criminal with a semi-automatic handgun back in August. (From left: Joe Iaboni, Deputy Inspector John Capplemann, Sgt. Mary Humburg, her son, P.O. Steven Perretta and Commanding Officer of Queens South, David Barrere)

Sgt. Mary Humburg and P.O. Steven Perretta from the 103th Precinct were honored for their outstanding work of arresting a criminal with a semi-automatic handgun back in August. (From left: Joe Iaboni, Deputy Inspector John Capplemann, Sgt. Mary Humburg, her son, P.O. Steven Perretta and Commanding Officer of Queens South, David Barrere)

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Queens officers win Cop of the Month awards


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THE COURIER/Photo by Terence M. Cullen

The Jamaica Rotary Club honored police officers of Patrol Borough Queens South on Wednesday, May 30 with Cop of the Month Awards.

Officers Jose Vasquezmiranda and Matthew Lewis of the 113th Precinct were recognized for a May 14 arrest that led to the recovery of a loaded .25-caliber handgun.

Officer Jennifer Martinez of the 106th Precinct was cited for arresting a 17-year-old suspect wanted in connection with the sexual assault of a 15-yearold girl. The suspect was later charged with firstdegree rape.

Officers Corey Harris and Eugene Hunter of the 102nd Precinct won awards for helping track down a stolen iPhone. Pursuit of the suspect eventually ran into East New York, Brooklyn.

Sergeant Mary Humburg and police officer Charles Lovett of the 103rd Precinct were recognized for the April 10 arrest of four men trying to break into a house. The suspects had a total of 40 previous arrests between them.

 

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Queens South honors fallen officer


By Queens Courier Staff | editorial@queenscourier.com

JAMAICA ROTARY

BY ANTHONY O’REILLY

Police officers from the 102nd, 106th and 113th Precincts gathered at Villa Russo on Wednesday, February 27 for the monthly meeting of the Jamaica Rotary Club to honor the 25th anniversary of the death of NYPD officer Edward “Eddie” Byrne.

Byrne was a police officer working in Jamaica when he was killed on February 26, 1988 after a drug kingpin reportedly ordered his murder. He was five days away from turning 22. His homicide became a turning point in the city’s war on crime.

Joe Iaboni, president of the Jamaica Rotary Club, said the meetings are a time to honor the memory of Byrne, especially during the anniversary of his death and the actions of the new generation of police officers who work to make the city safe.

Several cops from the three precincts, which make up the Patrol Borough Queens South, were honored at the ceremony, receiving the Eddie R. Byrne “Cop of the Month” award at the club’s monthly meeting. Sergeant Sonia Christian and police officers Anthony Canale and Joseph Algerio from the 113th Precinct received the award for actions above and beyond the call of duty.

 

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