Chief Robert Pitman recognized members of the Homer Police Department at his 2016 Awards ceremony Thursday afternoon in Homer Town Court.
The event is one of the few times that the entire department is assembled in one location.
There are many full and part-time officers who are dedicated to their work. The awards ceremony is a chance to recognize their commitments to the department.
Mayor Genevieve Suits and Trustees Gene Smith and Pat Clune represented the village with the Mayor offering her congratulations to the recipients. Many additional leaders from law enforcement also attended.
A full listing of the honorees is below:
Exceptional Duty Award – Officer Chauncey Bennett III – for his coordination and effort put forth regarding the active shooter training held at the Homer Intermediate School on February 16-17, 2016.
Life-Saving Award – Sgt. RJ Eckard – for assisting someone who was choking at a local restaurant on April 22, 2016.
Life-Saving Award – Officer Michael Howell – for aiding someone who had been stung by bees and realized the person was in anaphylactic shock on June 19, 2016.
Certificate of Recognition – Officer Emmett Neno – who took it upon himself to obtain his emergency medical technician certificate during 2016 to better serve the people of Homer.
Certificate of Recognition – Officer Jonathan Shingledecker – for assisting with investigations and leading the department with DWI arrests in 2016.
Award of Honor – Officer Christopher Parrow and County Police Officer Brandon Eckes-Conway – who entered the burning structure on South Main St in Homer on September 2, 2016. They tried to rescue someone who was still inside but were forced out by the intense heat and smoke.
Certificate of Recognition – Chaplain F. Jay Forbes – for selflessly volunteering his assistance to emergency responders and residents for 19 hours in connection with a major incident in the village. Forbes was recognized for his dedication to the officers of the Homer Police Department.
Mark Suben was also recognized. Chief Pitman presented Suben with a plaque in appreciation of his dedication and service as District Attorney for Cortland County for 8 years.