Demonstrating their support for the men and women of law enforcement, Supervisor Don Clavin and the Hempstead Town Board held the town’s annual Police Service Awards Ceremony on Friday, October 15th at Hempstead Town Hall. Supervisor Clavin and the Town Board – including former police officers Councilman Anthony D’Esposito and Councilman Chris Carini – presented the town’s Police Service Award to 30 police officers from local villages and Nassau County for their heroism and service to America’s largest township. Also attending were Senior Councilwoman Dorothy Goosby, Councilman Bruce Blakeman, Councilman Dennis Dunne, Sr., Councilman Tom Muscarella, Town Clerk Kate Murray, and Receiver of Taxes Jeanine Driscoll.
“From their service during the COVID-19 pandemic to their everyday actions in keeping our communities safe, the Town of Hempstead is eternally grateful to the men and women of law enforcement,” stated Supervisor Clavin. “America’s largest township is proud to present the Police Service Award to so many deserving police officers from across Nassau County.”
The Police Service Award was presented to honorees from the Lynbrook Police Department, Malverne Police Department, Freeport Police Department, Garden City Police Department, Hempstead Police Department, and Nassau County Police Department 1st Precinct, 3rd Precinct, 4th Precinct, 5th Precinct, 7th Precinct, 8th Precinct, First Squad, Third Squad, Fifth Squad, Gang Investigation Squad and Narcotics/Vice Squad. Awards were given to honorees nominated for heroic deeds, achievements, community outreach, and years of service as these men and women protect and serve the communities of America’s largest township.
Also participating in the event were Rev. Dr. Eric Mallette, Pastor of Greater Second Baptist Church of Freeport and Chaplain of the Freeport Police Department; Heather Knoch, performing the National Anthem; the Nassau County Police Department Ceremonial Unit Color Guard; and Nassau County Police Commissioner Patrick Ryder. The final award of the evening was presented to Brian and Christopher Winters, the sons of late Sgt. Thomas Winters of the Malverne Police Department, who accepted the posthumous award on behalf of their father – a longtime member of the Malverne Police Department and the Elmont Fire Department – who died unexpectedly earlier this year.
“The Town of Hempstead is one of America’s safest communities thanks to the hard work and dedication of our police officers,” said Senior Councilwoman Goosby. Added Councilman Blakeman, “The men and women of law enforcement have been our first line of defense, from keeping criminals off our streets to protecting residents during the COVID-19 pandemic. Thank you to all the men and women in blue for their service to our community.”
“As a former NYPD detective, I can affirm that police officers provide an absolutely essential service in keeping our communities safe. I will always ‘Back the Blue’ and stand with our brave men and women in uniform,” said Councilman D’Esposito. Added Councilman Dunne, “As a former United States Marine, I know the value of service and working together to get the job done – congratulations to all the police officers being honored this evening.”
“I am proud to partner with Supervisor Clavin and my colleagues on the Town Board as we show our appreciation for all the police officers who are keeping the Town of Hempstead safe,” said Councilman Muscarella. Added Councilman Carini, “Having served as a proud member of the NYPD and Port Authority Police Department, it is my honor to stand alongside my brothers and sisters in blue to say ‘thank you’ for everything you do for America’s largest township.”
“The Town of Hempstead can never repay our police officers for their service to our community, but this evening’s event is a small way that we can express our gratitude,” concluded Supervisor Clavin. “Thank you once again to all the men and women of law enforcement!”