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.
Firefighter Arthur Poore, of Engine Company 328, entertained the crowd with his insightful and often witty remarks.
Battalion Chief Michael McGrath, left, welcomes recently retired Battalion 47 Chief and honoree Thomas Jordan to the podium.
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.
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.
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.
100 Precinct Police Officers Michael Sykora, right, and Raul Lopez, not shown, were honored for making more than 170 combined arrests last year.
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.