The Homer Police Department held its annual awards ceremony at a social distance on Friday, honoring three officers for their exemplary actions during 2019.
The ceremony typically takes place at the beginning of the year but was delayed to allow an officer to attend who had health issues at the time. It was rescheduled to Wednesday, March 25, then further postponed to Friday because of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Recognized with awards were Officer Michael Howell, Officer Fred “Jay” Forbes Jr and Officer Matthew Compton.
Officer Howell received the department’s highest Award of Honor for his actions on April 5, when he entered an active structure fire iin order to help the residents inside evacuate the building.
He was also recognized for this incident during the American Red Cross of CNY’s 21st annual “Real Hero breakfast,” held on December 4 at the Oncenter in Syracuse.
Additionally, it earned him the honor of being named the CNY Association of Chiefs of Police “Heroic Action Award” winner in January 2020, which he would’ve been recognized for at a ceremony in Syracuse on April 27 until that event was also postponed.
Howell also received the department’s Honorable Service Award for a traffic stop he conducted during the early morning hours on June 20, 2019 on South-West Street in the village for a vehicle for inadequate lights.
He had some interaction with the teenage driver and teenage passenger where he determined that something didn’t appear to be right. With the assistance of officers from the sheriff’s office, they learned that the vehicle was stolen during the commission of a robbery out of the City of Syracuse.
Howell’s on that date led to the recovery of a stolen vehicle and provided Syracuse Police suspect information relative to the robbery.
Officers Forbes and Compton received “Life Saving Awards” for administering Naloxone to three separate individuals on three separate dates.
On February 2, 2019, Officer Forbes administered Naloxone to an unconscious female; on February 3, 2019 and on July 21, 2019, Officer Compton administered Naloxone to individuals.
The officer’s actions saved the lives of all three individuals.
During the presentation, officers presented Chief Bob Pitman with a trophy for taking 3rd place during the Homer Elks Lodge chicken wing eating contest on January 25, 2020, which took place during the annual Homer Winterfest.
Congratulations to all of the officers.