2004-04-30 / Community

Bravest And Finest Honored At Chamber Luncheon

Bravest And Finest Honored At Chamber Luncheon


The Commanding Officers, past and present, of the 100 Precinct reunited at this week’s Bravest and Finest Awards Luncheon, hosted by the Rockaway Chamber of Commerce. Allstate Insurance sponsored the luncheon, which was held at The Beach Club. From left to right, and in order of succession, Inspector Michael Morley, Inspector Gary Scirica, Captain Charles Talamo and Captain Paul Piekarski.The Commanding Officers, past and present, of the 100 Precinct reunited at this week’s Bravest and Finest Awards Luncheon, hosted by the Rockaway Chamber of Commerce. Allstate Insurance sponsored the luncheon, which was held at The Beach Club. From left to right, and in order of succession, Inspector Michael Morley, Inspector Gary Scirica, Captain Charles Talamo and Captain Paul Piekarski.
Captain Karl Kramer, recently retired from Engine Company 265, stands with John Hennessy.Captain Karl Kramer, recently retired from Engine Company 265, stands with John Hennessy.Firefighter Arthur Poore, of Engine Company 328, entertained the crowd with his insightful and often witty remarks.Firefighter Arthur Poore, of Engine Company 328, entertained the crowd with his insightful and often witty remarks.

100 Precinct Police Officers Louis Brust and Claudette Gibson.100 Precinct Police Officers Louis Brust and Claudette Gibson.Battalion Chief Michael McGrath, left, welcomes recently retired Battalion 47 Chief and honoree Thomas Jordan to the podium.Battalion Chief Michael McGrath, left, welcomes recently retired Battalion 47 Chief and honoree Thomas Jordan to the podium.

City Councilman Joseph Addabbo Jr., left, and Curtis Archer, Executive Director of the Rockaway Development and Revitalization Corporation were there to applaud Rockaway’s bravest and finest. Addabbo presented each honoree with a certificate of appreciation from the City Council.City Councilman Joseph Addabbo Jr., left, and Curtis Archer, Executive Director of the Rockaway Development and Revitalization Corporation were there to applaud Rockaway’s bravest and finest. Addabbo presented each honoree with a certificate of appreciation from the City Council.Police Officer Nicholas VanDyke, of the 101 Precinct, was honored for outstanding police work. VanDyke, who works in the Redfern Housing area, also served in Iraq with the United States Marines.Police Officer Nicholas VanDyke, of the 101 Precinct, was honored for outstanding police work. VanDyke, who works in the Redfern Housing area, also served in Iraq with the United States Marines.

Rabbi Melvyn May, of West End Temple, who gave the benediction, and Brother Tom Trager, Executive Director of the St. John’s Residence for Boys.Rabbi Melvyn May, of West End Temple, who gave the benediction, and Brother Tom Trager, Executive Director of the St. John’s Residence for Boys.Recently retired Captain Donald Mischke, center, of Engine Company 329, stands with John LePore, Barbara Larkin, Michael McGrath, North Fork Bank Manager John Hennessy and Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Joanie Omeste.Recently retired Captain Donald Mischke, center, of Engine Company 329, stands with John LePore, Barbara Larkin, Michael McGrath, North Fork Bank Manager John Hennessy and Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Joanie Omeste.

Peninsula Hospital’s Liz Sulik, left, West End Realty’s Barbara Morris, center standing, Borough President Helen Marshall, center seated, and JoAnn Shapiro, from State Assemblywoman Audrey Pheffer’s office, right, sat together at the luncheon. Sulik was widely credited for the success of the event, which she coordinated in her former role at the Chamber.Peninsula Hospital’s Liz Sulik, left, West End Realty’s Barbara Morris, center standing, Borough President Helen Marshall, center seated, and JoAnn Shapiro, from State Assemblywoman Audrey Pheffer’s office, right, sat together at the luncheon. Sulik was widely credited for the success of the event, which she coordinated in her former role at the Chamber.Chances are you already know these men: 101 Precinct Detective Willy Olmeda, left, 101 Police Officer Michael Valentino, center, and 100 Precinct Police Officer Pete Rahaniotis, standing right, are Rockaway’s Community Affairs officers who work throughout the year to foster communication between the police and the public. Kenneth Beecher (not shown), Officer Rahaniotis’ counterpart in the 100, was gridlocked in traffic court.Chances are you already know these men: 101 Precinct Detective Willy Olmeda, left, 101 Police Officer Michael Valentino, center, and 100 Precinct Police Officer Pete Rahaniotis, standing right, are Rockaway’s Community Affairs officers who work throughout the year to foster communication between the police and the public. Kenneth Beecher (not shown), Officer Rahaniotis’ counterpart in the 100, was gridlocked in traffic court.

All of the honorees and stand with the Chamber of Commerce representatives after the awards ceremony.All of the honorees and stand with the Chamber of Commerce representatives after the awards ceremony.100 Precinct Police Officers Michael Sykora, right, and Raul Lopez, not shown, were honored for making more than 170 combined arrests last year.100 Precinct Police Officers Michael Sykora, right, and Raul Lopez, not shown, were honored for making more than 170 combined arrests last year.

These are the two officers who immediately collared one suspect and helped detectives quickly arrest the other, following the armed robbery/murder of a young father in Far Rockaway the day after last Thanksgiving. Transit District 23 Police Officers Oscar Rivera, left of center, and Robert Mallins, right of center, were commended for their bravery by their Commanding Officer, Captain Mark Watenberg, second from left.These are the two officers who immediately collared one suspect and helped detectives quickly arrest the other, following the armed robbery/murder of a young father in Far Rockaway the day after last Thanksgiving. Transit District 23 Police Officers Oscar Rivera, left of center, and Robert Mallins, right of center, were commended for their bravery by their Commanding Officer, Captain Mark Watenberg, second from left.EMTD Giovanni Tumbaco, center, who was deployed to the World Trade Center on September 11, and who was in the second ambulance to arrive on scene after the crash of flight 587, was honored.EMTD Giovanni Tumbaco, center, who was deployed to the World Trade Center on September 11, and who was in the second ambulance to arrive on scene after the crash of flight 587, was honored.

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