The State University of New York announced the recipients of the 2022 University Police Awards, the highest recognition by the SUNY Police Chiefs Association. The annual awards honor lieutenants, officers, and staff for their heroic efforts and bravery on campus as well as their professionalism. Three SUNY Delhi officers were honored: Lieutenant Michael O’Donnell and Officer Troy Patterson received the Life Saving Awards, and Officer Troy Patterson and Technical Sergeant Jason Lonecke received the Professional Service Awards.
O’Donnell and Patterson received the Life Saving Award for an incident last December in which they responded to an unresponsive male, assisting with lifesaving efforts and administering two doses of Naloxone. Thanks to their actions, the subject regained consciousness and his life was spared.
Patterson and Lonecke received the Professional Service Award for demonstrating command presence when faced with the disorderly aftermath of a violent incident, successfully resolving the situation while protecting all parties.
The New York State University Police at Delhi employs New York State certified professional officers with full police powers. The department is staffed 24 hours a day, seven days a week, providing foot, vehicle, and bike patrols to all areas of campus. In addition to fulfilling the law enforcement and related community service needs of the campus, the department provides educational crime awareness programs for students.
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