It was a sea of blue at St. Mary Star of the Sea on May 5. The 101 Precinct honored its own last week when it hosted its annual Medal Day Ceremony at St. Mary Star of the Sea in Far Rockaway. Among those recognized at the May 5 event was Sergeant Timothy Smith, who, in 2009, survived a stabbing in the eye, brain and chest as he was trying to subdue a deranged man. He received the Department Medal of Honor. The Police Combat Cross Medal was presented to Officer Edward Moore for his pursuit and hand-to-hand gun battle with a suspect. Awards for Excellent Police Duty and Meritorious Police Duty were also given.
Above, Officer Yvonne Barnes of the 2nd Platoon was one of 19 officers whom the chief and the captain recognized with the Award for Excellent Police Duty. Photos by Miriam Rosenberg. Left, Police Officer Edward Moore, center, is presented with the Police Combat Cross Medal from Assistant Chief James Secreto of Patrol Borough Queens South, left, and 101 Precinct commanding officer Michael Lipetri.
On the day President Obama visited Ground Zero, St. Mary Star of the Sea Monsignor John Brakken offers an invocation remembering those who died on 9/11.
Sergeant Timothy Smith, center, receives applause and a standing ovation from fellow officers of the 101 Precinct, as he collects his Medal of Honor certificate from Lipetri and Secreto.
Award For Excellent Police Duty recipient, Community Affairs Officer Maurice Roper, right, is congratulated by his partner, Officer Kevin Campbell.
Secreto and Lipetri presented a special plaque to Officer Adam Delvalle on behalf of the 101 Precinct, the NYPD and the family of Timothy Smith for his “unwavering support, assistance and care for a fellow officer,” after Smith was injured.
Among the 29 whom Secreto and Liperti presented with the Meritorious Policy Duty Award was Officer Joseph Spano of the 1st Platoon.