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The Times
  • Little Falls police officers receive life saving commendations

  • Two Little Falls police officers were commended for saving the lives of two individuals in separate incidents during Monday night’s meeting of the city’s Police and Fire Board.

    Patrolman Jeffrey Shepardson and Patrolman Christopher Zink were presented with the Little Falls Police Department’s Life Saving Commendation for their actions during a brief ceremony.

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  • Two Little Falls police officers were commended for saving the lives of two individuals in separate incidents during Monday night’s meeting of the city’s Police and Fire Board.
    Patrolman Jeffrey Shepardson and Patrolman Christopher Zink were presented with the Little Falls Police Department’s Life Saving Commendation for their actions during a brief ceremony.
    Shepardson was commended for his outstanding alertness and decisive action on Oct. 31, 2011. The patrolman pulled a 16-year-old in mental health crisis off the Route 167 South Bridge after he had climbed over the guard rails in preparation of jumping to his death, said Police Chief Michael Masi.
    Likewise, Zink was commended for his outstanding alertness and decisive action on July 24, 2011. The patrolman pulled a person in mental health crisis off the Route 167 South Bridge after she had climbed over the guard rails in preparation of jumping to her death, said Masi.
    “Patrolman Shepardson’s and Patrolman Zink’s actions clearly saved the lives of these two individuals,” said Masi. “They did a tremendous job during these difficult incidents.”
    Shepardson and Zink received commendation certificates and shirt bars to wear on their uniforms.
    Additionally, Zink was presented with an official letter of recognition from the department during Monday night’s ceremony for his determined commitment to keeping the streets of Little Falls safe from drunken drivers and drivers who operate vehicles under the influence of drugs.
    “Patrolman Zink’s efforts toward this cause assist in making it possible for people in our community to travel and walk the streets without fear of their life being dramatically changed or prematurely ended at the hands of a driver under the influence,” said Masi. “Patrolman Zink’s ethics and drive serve the community of Little Falls and the Little Falls Police Department well.”
    The letter of recognition will be placed in Zink’s permanent personnel file. The patrolman was honored during last month’s Herkimer County STOP-DWI recognition breakfast with an Outstanding DWI Law Enforcement Officer Award for recording 20 driving while intoxicated arrests in 2011.
    In other business Monday night, the Police and Fire Board approved the hiring of Joseph Labella as a part-time police officer. Chief Masi said Labella will serve as a training resource for the department.
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