UPD Officers Honored for Heroism, Service
SUNY Chancellor Nancy L. Zimpher and University Police Commissioner R. Bruce McBride honored four members of the SUNY Oneonta University Police Department for exceptional heroism and professional service at the 2013 SUNY University Police Awards ceremony in Albany this afternoon.
Technical Sergeant Shawn Callahan, Officer Mark Cardinali, Lieutenant Sherri Drumm, and Technical Sergeant Daniel Rommer were among 14 University Police personnel statewide to receive SUNY’s system-wide Professional Service Award.
Oneonta University Police Department Chief Daniel Chambers nominated each of them in recognition of their efforts to save the life of a Job Corps student who collapsed on West Street in the Town of Oneonta on Aug. 31.
“I’m proud to congratulate Lieutenant Drumm, Tech Sergeants Callahan and Rommer, and Officer Cardinali,” said Chambers. “They demonstrated teamwork, and went above and beyond the call of duty in response to an emergency off campus.”
Chief Steven Dangler, chair of the Chiefs Awards Committee, presented Callahan, Cardinali, Drumm and Rommer with a plaque memorializing their achievement, and bars for their uniforms.
Former SUNY Oneonta Police Chief Barton Ingersoll, whom Chambers succeeded in May, also was honored, receiving a Lifetime Achievement Award. Ingersoll, whose service to SUNY began in 1973, spearheaded the process that led to the SUNY Oneonta University Police Department’s receipt of New York State Law Enforcement Accreditation in 2011.
SUNY police officers meet the highest standards for law enforcement officers in New York state. Charged with maintaining the safety and security of state campuses, University Police departments also work closely with other agencies, assisting them with incidents that may occur off campus but involve campus staff or students.