LEWISTON – The Niagara County Law Enforcement Academy recognized 13 graduates during a ceremony July 1 at Niagara University’s Castellani Art Museum.
The keynote speaker for the 62nd class ceremony was New York State Sen. Robert G. Ortt, a decorated Army veteran who served in Afghanistan during Operation Enduring Freedom.
NCLEA co-directors Niagara County Sheriff Lt. Aaron Shultz and Niagara Falls Police Detective John Faso presented diplomas to new officers and pre-employment graduates:
• Patrick Ciccarelli, Niagara Falls Police Department.
• Sebastian Czajka, pre-employment.
• Joseph DeVoe, Niagara County Sheriff’s Office.
• Anthony Haag, pre-employment.
• Robert Henning, Genesee County Sheriff’s Office.
• Daniel Janicki, pre-employment.
• Keith Kennedy, Niagara County Sheriff’s Office.
• Michael Maio, Niagara Falls Police Department.
• Michael Salada, Lewiston Police Department.
• John Sheehan, Niagara County Sheriff’s Office.
• Joshua Slupinski, pre-employment.
• Adam Szwartz, Lockport Police Department.
• Rashad Travis, Niagara Falls Police Department.
The presentations included top honors for graduates Kennedy and Salada, who received the Academic Award; Travis, who received the Physical Fitness and the Sgt. Jeff Juron Defensive Tactics awards; and Henning, who received the Top Gun Award.
In memoriam awards were also presented:
• Cicciarelli received the Jeffrey A. Incardona Memorial Award, presented in memory of the late Niagara County sheriff’s deputy, for demonstrating unselfish contributions to others. This winner is chosen by the class.
• The Joseph E. Steblein Memorial Award, named in honor of the first director of the Niagara County Law Enforcement Academy, was given to Kennedy. The honoree is chosen by the co-directors for overall excellence.