On the afternoon of Monday, August 1, Bethlehem Police Chief Louis G. Corsi presided over a swearing in ceremony for two new Bethlehem police officers and an awards ceremony recognizing the extraordinary efforts and achievements of many police department members.
Police Officers Roy Swann Jr. and Caityln Krage, with their families in attendance, were administered the oath of office by Town Supervisor John Clarkson.
“We are very happy to welcome Roy Swann and Caitlyn Krage to the Department,” said Clarkson in the town newsletter, “and along with Officer Kate Dickerson hired this January, BPD now has three new officers. We are proud the service provided by our Police Department, all its sworn officers and others who serve there, and are glad to be appointing these three new recruits!”
Following the swearing in of the new officers, nineteen awards were handed out to department members for various accomplishments and acts of distinguished service.
Awards were as follows:
Animal Control Officer Richard Watt
Career Recognition Award
His years of distinguished service as an ACO, educator and resource to many.
Officer Peter Resnick
Career Recognition Award
His years of distinguished service and experience as a field training officer, educator at the police academy and in our agency and as a role model for younger officer.
Detective Michael Whiteley and Officer Bryan Mahan
Life Saving Award
For their efforts in the reversal of a cardiac arrest through the use of CPR and an AED.
Sgt. Stephen Kraz
For his efforts in a barricaded gunman call that resulted in an 11 hour standoff after the subject pointed a loaded rifle at the sergeant.
Commander Adam Hornick
For his work in the apprehension of a bank robbery suspect who was wanted on federal warrants for additional bank robberies.
Det. James Cross
For their work in the foot pursuit and apprehension of a fleeing a larceny suspect who was wanted by NYS Parole and US Marshals.
& Off. Adam Cobb
Off. Adam Cobb
Awarded for his efforts with an emotionally disturbed person on the third floor roof of a residence that resulted in the man being brought to safety.
TC Briana Tice &
Awarded for their efforts in coordinating a multi-disciplinary response to a tragic airplane crash into the Selkirk railyards.
TC Katherine Gould
TC Jared Willard
Awarded for his dedicated efforts in locating and coordinating an emergency response to an active boat fire on the Hudson River that resulted in an entire family being rescued without injury.
Det. Michael Whiteley
For his dedication and diligent work as a School Resource Officer, which culminated in the school declaring SRO day in his honor.
Det. James Cross &
For their work in breaking a large construction theft ring, that resulted in located over $370,000 in equipment stolen from 3 different counties.
Off. Rico Fiore
Det. Gerald Young
Awarded for his excellence in the field of trace evidence. In a short time frame Det. Young developed evidence that resulted in 4 fingerprint hits and 2 two hits and closed multiple burglary cases.
Det. Chad Rice
For his dedicated work in a child pornography investigation that was the catalyst that resulted in a registered sex offender receiving 70 years in federal prison.
Commander Adam Hornick & Det. James Cross
Awarded for their teamwork and efforts in leading a large scale identity theft investigation. This investigation resulted in a multi-agency raid and search warrant and involved over 35 law enforcement agencies from 12 different states, and led to countless arrests and other search warrants.
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