Police Chief Daniel Denz recognized several police officers at last week’s Town Board meeting, citing instances in 2013 that were “above and beyond the normal course of duty, reflected self-sacrifice or resulted in making a difference to members of the community at large.”
Honorees were nominated by their supervisors and selected by a committee of their peers, with final approval coming from the chief.
• Officers Travis Deubell and Joseph Milewski were recognized for rendering first aid Sept. 26 to an 84-year-old man suffering from cardiac arrest at a bowling alley. Each received a Lifesaving Award.
• Detectives Daniel Crowe and James Pappaceno were honored for their Oct. 25 pursuit and arrest of a persistent offender wanted on three warrants. The chase, which began at a Ludwig Avenue home, took Pappaceno across Cazenovia Creek and onto Cazenovia Park Golf Course, where he caught a ride on a Buffalo Parks Department lawnmower. It continued on city streets, with Pappaceno commandeering a small commuter bus. Crowe, meanwhile, had retrieved their unmarked police car and cut off the suspect as he rounded a street corner. Each detective received a letter of commendation.
• Lt. David Szmania, Officers Gerald Fibich and Donald Hanley, and Mark Palkowski, a senior public safety dispatcher, each received a letter of commendation stemming from a Nov. 27 report of a man with a gun at a bar. The man, who confronted a former girlfriend who worked at the bar, had fled to Buffalo. He killed himself before Buffalo police SWAT officers entered the Woodside Drive home where he was located.
• Detectives Robert Andolina, Kenneth Morano and Crowe received letters of commendation for their investigation of a Dec. 15 home invasion in the Fisher Court subdivision and subsequent arrest of a Niagara County man.
• Fibich also received a Lifesaving Award for resuscitating a 21-year-old man found in a Harlem Road driveway on Christmas morning, the victim of an apparent drug overdose.
Also this week:
• Joseph Lorigo, majority leader of the Erie County Legislature, will host a discussion of county issues from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. Friday in the Senior Center, 4620 Seneca St.
• St. John’s Community Preschool, 3512 Clinton St., is holding an open house Tuesday. Visitors may stop by from 10 to 11 a.m.; 1 to 2 p.m.; or 5:30 to 7:30 p.m., when staff will be available.
• Free courses in emergency preparedness and Community Emergency Response Team training will be offered twice weekly, beginning at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, in the West Seneca Kiwanis Center, 50 Legion Parkway. To sign up, visit www.WestSeneca.org/content/CERT-training, or call 558-3238 or 435-7873.