2003-04-19 / Community

101 Medal Day Honors Officer of the Year, and Others

By Brian Magoolaghan
101 Medal Day Honors Officer of the Year, and Others By Brian Magoolaghan


Officer Larson sits among the other men and women that were honored.Officer Larson sits among the other men and women that were honored.

The 101 Precinct named Maria Larson their police officer of the year, and honored several others at their annual "Medal Day" ceremony.

Larson was chosen because of her "tremendous" efforts to reduce auto thefts, as part of the Grand Larceny Auto (GLA) Unit, according to the New York City Police Department. In the past year she has made 45 arrests, the vast majority of which were for felonies, the department said. Nearly 30 of those arrests were related to stolen vehicles, the department said, adding that her activity, along with the work of the other GLA officers, is responsible for a nearly 50 percent reduction in stolen autos.

Larson, who has nearly 15 years on the force, was described as quiet, well liked, and respected. She has worked in the 101 since 1991, with only a short leave for undercover duty.

Awards were also given for excellent police duty, meritorious duty, commendation, and honorable mention.


Officer Larson Receives her award from Chief Thomas Lawless.Officer Larson Receives her award from Chief Thomas Lawless.
Father James Cunningham, center, said the invocation and benediction. He is seated next to City Councilman James Sanders.Father James Cunningham, center, said the invocation and benediction. He is seated next to City Councilman James Sanders.
Officers from the 101 shared a large hero sandwich with their guests following the ceremony.Officers from the 101 shared a large hero sandwich with their guests following the ceremony.

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