2005-06-03 / Community

101 Precinct Honors Its Own Heroes

Captain Walter Salowski, the commanding officer of the 101, welcomes those attending the ceremony.Captain Walter Salowski, the commanding officer of the 101, welcomes those attending the ceremony. By Miriam Rosenberg

Contributing Editor

The 101 Precinct honored some of its own when the 3rd Annual 101 Precinct Medal Day ceremony was held on May 19. The men and women of the 101, their family and friends gathered at St. Mary’s Star Of The Sea Church as awards were given out for service to the community.

Awards for excellent police duty were presented to 18 members of the precinct and eight officers of the 101 were honored for meritorious police duty.

Sgt. John McGrorty receives an award for excellence in police duty from Capt. Walter Salowski. McGrorty, of community policing, also received a special award from the 101 Precinct Community Council for his work with the community.Sgt. John McGrorty receives an award for excellence in police duty from Capt. Walter Salowski. McGrorty, of community policing, also received a special award from the 101 Precinct Community Council for his work with the community. Sgt. Raymond Johnson, of the detective squad, received a commendation for his part in a drug bust in May 2000. Cop of the year honors were given to Officer Thomas Cappolla and Officer Dennis Lewis. Cappolla had the highest arrest record in the precinct. Lewis received his award for the influence he has had with the youth of the community in his role as Youth Officer.

After the ceremony concludes, Officer Smith and his family pose for The Wave’s camera.After the ceremony concludes, Officer Smith and his family pose for The Wave’s camera. Among those attending the ceremony was Edwin Salgado, the community liaison for Councilman James Sanders, Jr.

Cops of the year Officer Thomas Cappolla and Officer Dennis Lewis with Lt. Gary Messina (middle). Messina, who comes from a family of police officers who have served on the peninsula, presented The Geneieve Messina Memorial Cop Of The Year Award named after his late mother.  Photos by Miriam RosenbergCops of the year Officer Thomas Cappolla and Officer Dennis Lewis with Lt. Gary Messina (middle). Messina, who comes from a family of police officers who have served on the peninsula, presented The Geneieve Messina Memorial Cop Of The Year Award named after his late mother. Photos by Miriam Rosenberg

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