Supervisor Santino Honors 35 Police Officers During Hempstead Town’s 2017 Police Service Awards Ceremony

Hempstead Town Supervisor Anthony J. Santino today honored 35 police officers for their outstanding service during the Town of Hempstead’s 2017 Police Service Awards ceremony at the Nathan L. H. Bennett Pavilion at Hempstead Town Hall. Police officers from the villages of Freeport, Garden City, Hempstead, Lynbrook, Rockville Centre and the Nassau County Police Department were recognized for their respective acts of heroism in the line of duty.

“While we live, work and raise our families here in the Town of Hempstead, our dedicated police officers are patrolling the streets to ensure that our quality of life is protected,” stated Santino. “I am proud to present these 35 police officers with the town’s Police Service Award in recognition of their heroic and selfless acts.”

The following police officers were honored during the town’s 2017 Police Service Awards ceremony:

• Officer Michael Cerlini and Officer Ronald Curaba, Nassau County 1st Precinct

•Officer John Blanthorn and Officer John Flinter, Nassau County 2nd Precinct

• Officer James Hurtt and Officer John Hirschberger, Nassau County 3rd Precinct

• Det. Sergeant Hector Bourren, Detective Larry Brue, Detective James DePierro, Detective Jason Lopez, Detective Robert Lashinsky, Detective Peter Sikinger, Detective Damien Suarez, Detective Thomas Willdigg and Detective Dennis Wunsch, Nassau County 3rd Squad

• Officer Joseph Monez, Nassau County 4th Precinct

• Detective Vincent Loguidice, Nassau County 4th Squad

• Sergeant Edward Grim and Officer Eric Williams, Nassau County 5th Precinct

• Detective Mike Kamperveen, Nassau County 5th Squad

• Officer Joseph Giattino, Nassau County 7th Precinct

• Officer Rafael Morales and Officer Hector Rentas, Nassau County Bureau of Special Operations

• Detective Milton Aponte, Nassau County Homicide Squad

• Detective William Casey, Detective Richard Raupp, Detective Samuel Rozzi and Detective Richard Westhoff, Nassau County Narcotics/Vice Squad

• Detective Patrick Franzone and Officer Matthew Koutsogiannis, Freeport Police Department

• Officer John Russell, Garden City Police Department

• Officer Steven Cohen, Hempstead Police Department

• Det. Sergeant William Straub and Detective Robert Harrison, Lynbrook Police Department

•Sergeant Paul Pope, Jr., Rockville Centre Police Department

“I am proud to honor these police officers for their bravery, heroism, dedication and commitment in serving and protecting this great township,” concluded Santino. “Thanks to their selflessness and dedication, Hempstead Town remains a safe community in which to live, work and raise a family.”