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Tuesday, February 23, 2016

Police Officers Feted for Their Accomplishments

Capt. Michael Garrity, Chief George Gast,
Officer of the Year Bob Bove,
Capt. Chris Chiodo, Capt. Marty Jones
Wednesday, February 17, the Niagara Frontier Transportation Authority Transit Police department held their annual Awards Banquet at Illio DiPaulo’s Restaurant in Blasdell, NY, to recognize the accomplishments of the past year.

Chief of Police, George W. Gast praised the officers for their collective dedication and valor during the past year. His comments reflected his overall pride in the department. He said, “This past year has been an exemplary one; filled with many deeds of bravery and officers saving lives based upon their training and quick reaction to life threatening situations. I am very proud of the entire unit.”

Awards were presented to: 

Department Officer of the Year: Officer Bob Bove
Chief’s Awards Officers: Nicholas Cacciatore and Shawn McDonell
Burgio Award: Officer Tameeka Franco
K-9 Officer of the: Year Officer Michael Baran
Investigator of the Year:  Detective John Politowski
Teamster’s Peer Award:  Lieutenant Jim Halliday
PBA Peer Award: Officer Dave Zarbo
Officer of the 1st Quarter: Officer Paul Gorman
Officer of the 2nd Quarter: Officer David Jaworek
Officer of the 3rd Quarter: Lieutenant Jim Halliday
Officer of the 4th Quarter:  Officer Nicholas Cacciatore
Community Service Award: Officers Karen Skipper and Michael Dau

In addition, a special Community Service Award was presented to the Matt Urban Hope Center for their assistance working with our police department and the homeless. Accepting on behalf of the Center were Executive Director Marlies A. Wesolowski, Jason Flores, Sarah Gorry and Sean Dougherty.

Chief’s Awards Officers: Nicholas Cacciatore and Shawn McDonell

K-9 Officer of the: Year Officer Michael Baran

Investigator of the Year:  Detective John Politowski

PBA Peer Award: Officer Dave Zarbo

Burgio Award: Officer Tameeka Franco


Community Service Award: Officer Karen Skipper

The Matt Urban Hope Center