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Police honored at Jamaica Rotary Club meeting


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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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Rotary fetes NYPD job well done


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The Jamaica Rotary, under the leadership of President Joe Iaboni, is committed to doing good — and honoring those whose good work keeps Queens safe.

At this month’s meeting, where officers of Patrol Borough Queens South are feted for a job well done, the Rotary inducted an honorary member, a woman they helped to study abroad in Italy, but whose mother unfortunately passed away while she was there.

“I appreciate the Rotary because of the experience you gain,” she said. “I’m very appreciative of what they did for me.”

Deputy Inspector Charles McEvoy was the first to honor his officers.

“Robberies is a crime that drives the precinct,” he noted. “The officers we honor are doing an excellent job of stopping robberies.”

It was on August 18 that Sergeant Hugh Black and Officer Paul Grub responded to a robbery at a grocery store. The pair, who knew of a similar robbery, apprehended one suspect but the other two fled and got into a house where there were two women and their children. Following a short standoff, the suspects voluntarily vacated the home; one was arrested, the other fled. And although they were not arrested in regards to a previous incident, officers feel they are connected to the robbery of a woman two days earlier.

“In the four boroughs I’ve worked in, no one has done so much to honor cops,” said 113th Precinct Commanding Officer Deputy Inspector Miltiadis Marmara of the Rotary.

He detailed how Officer William Clemens arrested a teen in connection with a break-in.

On August 11, the teen, with a prior record, allegedly broke a back window of a home in Addisleigh Park. The occupant inside called 9-1-1 and police responded within minutes, arresting the suspect. “Ever since he was arrested we haven’t had any other burglaries in the area,” noted Marmara.

Next, Deputy Inspector Armando DeLeon of the 102nd Precinct honored a hero cop — and a hero on the front lines.

On September 14, Officer Ryan Fais observed a suspicious-looking individual at 127th Street and 95th Avenue. When he heard that there had been a burglary, Fais pursued the man and his accomplices, who entered a woman’s home. Fais, who volunteered to be deployed, apprehended the suspects.

“Officer Fais is the epitome of what you call ‘squared away,’” said DeLeon.

In the 106th Precinct, Captain Thomas Pascale also honored a veteran.

In July, Pascale said, the command was battling burglaries and auto thefts. Officer David Marconi, a recent addition to the anti-crime team, observed a man wheeling a large compressor down the street at 3 a.m. at 109th Avenue and 116th Street. Marconi stopped the man and found out who the compressor rightfully belonged to. The 25-year-old perp — with 20 priors — was arrested and charged with burglary.

“To the men and women we honored — I’m so proud,” said Assistant Chief James Secreto, commanding officer of PBQS. “A common theme is that these cops are doing extra. I want to commend you for your dedication.”

Secreto noted that he is proud to be in partnership with Iaboni and the Jamaica Rotary, and reminded everyone in attendance about the upcoming Making Strides Against Breast Cancer Walk, on Sunday, October 16 in Flushing Meadows-Corona Park.

To find out more or to register, visit makingstrides.acsevents.org/site/TR?sid=16393&type=fr_informational&pg=informational&fr_id=36016/