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Orangetown Celebrates Emergency Responders, Town Employees at Reorganizational Meeting

Orangetown recognized the work of its emergency responders and town employees at the 2013 reorganizational meeting Wednesday at town hall.

Orangetown Police Chief Kevin Nulty saw the vehicle run through the barriers protecting the crowd at Pearl River's Share Christmas and the Holidays event nearly a month ago. 

That also allowed him to see the work of Captain Michael Conklin and Lt. Pablo Ramos of the Orangetown Auxiliary Police to stop the vehicle before anybody could be hurt. 

"It was going right toward Santa's sleigh and there was a group of kids sitting there having hot chocolate and eating cookies," Nulty said. "With their smart thinking, the training we gave them and their courage, they were able to open the door on the car, somehow get it into park and hold the suspect, who was a drunk driver, for police to come. I don't know if we wouldn't have been on the front page of the paper Dec. 8 as a place that had a terrible tragedy. They stopped a terrible thing from happening."

Ramos and Conklin were just two of the emergency responders honored in a ceremony run by Nulty at the Orangetown Reorganizational Meeting Wednesday. The town also honored employees with five, 10, 15, 20 and 30 years of service at the meeting. Deputy Supervisor Allan Ryff made that presentation.

Nulty asked for a moment of silence in honor of victims of recent tragedies including Hurricane Sandy and the shootings in Newtown, CT. Orangetown employees and responders and employees were recognized for their work in dealing with Hurricane Sandy and its aftermath. 

That included Orangetown Police Officer Richard Holihan for rescuing a choking victim in Sparkill during the storm. Nulty and Piermont Police Chief Michael O'Shea spoke of the work of Piermont Police Officers and emergency responders putting themselves in danger to help others in the village, which was hit hard by the storm.

"I went own there every couple of days and there was Chief Mike O'Shea and his officers and they were fielding complaints, taking care of people. They were in a disaster area. What a great job they did."

Those who work in the Orangetown Emergency Management Center were recognized for their efforts during the storm, as were Orangetown Police Detectives for their work on recent cases. 

The list of those recognized Wednesday is below. Video clips from the meeting are also attached. 

Editor's note: Check back with Patch for more from Wednesday's meeting, including Supervisor Andy Stewart's state of the town speech and remarks from the other four members of the town council. 

Emergency Responder Recognition.

Unit Citation - Detective and Patrol

  • Det. Lt. James Brown
  • Det. Sgt. George Garrecht
  • Det. Robert Goldrick
  • Det. Matthew Ryder
  • Det. Michal McPadden
  • Det. Daniel Costello
  • Det. Pat Frawley
  • Det. Joseph Sullivan
  • Det. Frank Buhler
  • Det. Peter Maher
  • Officer David Brockway

Superstorm Sandy

Orangetown Emergency Operations Center

  • Captain Donald Butterworth
  • Police Officer Harold G. Johnson, II
  • Det. Joseph Sullivan
  • Steve Harris, SOAC
  • Bob Daley, Fire Coordinator
  • Stephen Munno, Highway Dept.
  • Karen Jaynes, Highway Dept.
  • Paul Witte, Building Dept.
  • Anthony Bevelacqua, Information Technology
  • Rocco Capri, Orange & Rockland Utilities
  • Neil Kuhn, Orange & Rockland Utilities

Rockland Regional Technical Rescue Team

Pearl River Fire Department

Pearl River Ambulance Corps

South Orangetown Ambulance Corps

Rockland Paramedic Service

Orangetown Police Department

  • Officer James Kelly
  • Officer James Acheson
  • Sgt. Christopher Strattner
  • Sgt. Sean Russo
  • Officer Stephen Fitzgerald
  • Officer John Fitzgibbons
  • Officer Kerri Schiller
  • Officer Terrence Drain

Orangetown Highway Department

  • Superintendent James Dean
  • Michael Giebelhouse
  • Michael Aamodt

Police Officer Richard Holihan/Sparkill Incident

Village of Nyack Emergency Operations Center

Village of Piermont Police Emergency Operations Center

Orangetown Police Aux. Captain Michael Conklin

Orangetown Police Aux. Adm. Lt. Pablo Ramos

Town Employees
(Listed with department they work in) 

Five years

  • Liz Buck, Receiver of Taxes
  • Mary Ferrara, Town Attorney 
  • George Gerracht, Highway
  • David Goyette, Highway
  • Joseph Grasso, Parks & Recreation
  • Jennifer Grennan, Parks & Recreation
  • Michael Manzare, Building
  • Joseph Mendicino, Sewer
  • Natalie Schutter, Finance

10 Years

  • James Doherty, Sewer
  • Christine Kern, Police
  • William Lennox, Highway
  • Stephen Munno, Highway
  • Kevin O'Connell, Sewer
  • Fernando Seminelli, Sewer
  • Beatrice Troy, Supervisor
  • John Wintersteiger, Sewer

15 Years

  • Robert Gerard, Parks & Recreation
  • Kevin McGarvey, Sewer
  • Joanne Ogilvie, Parks & Recreation
  • Gregory Tavarone, Highway
  • Margaret Walter, Police
  • Robert A. Morrison, Fire Inspector

20 Years

  • Cheryl Coopersmith, building
  • James Wilson, Parks & Recreation

25 Years

  • Wilhelm Bodenstab, Highway
  • Karl Bohn, Highway
  • Veronica Cummings, Police
  • Michael Daly, Parks & Recreation
  • Joseph Italiano, Highway
  • Allan Seebach, Parks & Recreation

30 years

  • Michael Catania, Highway
  • Michael Giebelhouse, Highway
Andy Stewart, Orangetown Supervisor January 03, 2013 at 02:23 PM
Thanks to all who came out last night to celebrate Town employees, emergency responders and volunteers, and to support the Town Board in committing to another year of teamwork for Orangetown. Special appreciation to our performers and exhibitors - the students from TZHS who presented their visions of the redevelopment of RPC via posters in the lobby, our young musicians Carly Walsh and Emily Rizzo, David Ellenbogen and Jonah Grob, and Mary White, the Nyack Village Clerk who sang "God Bless America." Thanks also to Monsignors Nevin and O'Keefe for their words of wisdom and blessings on this occasion. Thank you to the Patch.com for your coverage of Town events and activities. Our next Town Board meeting is on Tuesday, January 8.
nyackagain January 03, 2013 at 05:03 PM
I think they forgot to thank Nyack Ambulance...
Andy Stewart, Orangetown Supervisor January 03, 2013 at 05:32 PM
Thank you Nyack Ambulance! Actually, Chief Nulty spoke at length about the Nyack Emergency Operations Center, and Mayor Jen White also recognized the ambulance corps -- but Nyack Ambulance deserves every bit as much credit for emergency response as any other group.
nyackagain January 04, 2013 at 12:15 AM
Thank you Supervisor Stewart..

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