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||Gallantry Award||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||Gallantry Award||For his work in the apprehension of a bank robbery suspect who was wanted on federal warrants for additional bank robberies.|
|Det. James Cross||Gallantry Award||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||Meritorious Service||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 &||Meritorious Service||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||Meritorious Service||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||Chief’s Achievement||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 &||Chief’s Achievement||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||Chief’s Achievement||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||Chief’s Achievement||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||Chief’s Achievement||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.|