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From left: Officer Brian Ackley, Deputy Chief Matt Rossie, Lt. Madeline A. Bay, Investigator Patrick Reilly and Officer Doug Bonawitz of the New York State University Police were honored at the American Red Cross Real Heroes Breakfast.
Photo by Jonathan Cohen
University Police are ‘Red Cross Real Heroes’
June 1, 2011Tweet
Five members of the New York State University Police at Binghamton University were among those honored at the second annual American Red Cross Real Heroes Breakfast on May 19. Ten awards were given out at the breakfast to area residents who have, through their actions, saved a life.
Lt. Madeline Bay, officers Brian Ackley and Doug Bonawitz; Investigator Patrick Reilly; and Interim Deputy Chief Matt Rossie were all recognized for their response to the June 2010 collapse of a scaffold at the site of the East Campus Housing Project. Six construction workers were injured in the accident.
Though given the option to leave the high-risk to area where the scaffolding was still unstable, “all chose to remain with the injured and comfort them and work diligently to prep the patients for removal from the site,” said Interim Chief of Police Timothy Faughnan. “[Our] University Police personnel realized the urgency and severity of the incident and placed themselves in extreme danger so that they could affect the successful rescue of the injured workers. …[they] went above and beyond the call of duty to rescue the injured…”