Department of Corrections and Community Supervision

Press releases and photos on the June 10, 2004, Memorial Service and Medals Ceremony

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The story of this year's ceremony in words ...

  • Proclamation.  265 KB
  • Press release on the 2004 DOCS Memorial Service and Medals Ceremony.
  • Comments delivered by Commissioner Goord at the 2004 Memorial Service and Medals Ceremony.�
  • Medal Citations for 2004 Medal of Honor Recipient Michael L. Williams and Medal of Merit recipients Michael Rybczynski, Andrew D. Dannheim, Paul J. O Connell, Michael F. Venne, Donald M. Ballard, David A. Buckbee, and Lawrence M. Ciaccia

... and in pictures

Michael L. Williams

Commissioner Glenn S. Goord presents Investigator Michael L. Williams' posthumous Medal of Honor to Assistant DOCS Inspector General Barbara Leon. She was his supervisor and a close friend of his family. Mr. Williams' immediate family was unable to attend the ceremony.

Paul J. O'Connell

Commissioner Glenn S. Goord presents the Medal of Merit to Paul J. O'Connell, an assistant in the Alcohol and Substance Abuse Treatment program at Clinton prison.

Lindsay Bombard

Clinton employee Paul J. O'Connell is congratulated by Lindsay Bombard after he received the Department's Medal of Merit for rescuing her from a riptide off the coast of Nicaragua.

Donald M. Ballard

Commissioner Glenn S. Goord presents the Medal of Merit to Great Meadow Correction Officer Donald M. Ballard.

David A. Buckbee

Commissioner Glenn S. Goord congratulates Mid-State Correction Officer David A. Buckbee after presenting him the Medal of Merit.

Lawrence M. Ciaccia

Commissioner Glenn S. Goord presents the Medal of Merit to Mid-State Correction Officer Lawrence M. Ciaccia.

Andrew D. Dannheim

Commissioner Glenn S. Goord presents the Medal of Merit to Attica Correction Officer Andrew D. Dannheim.

Michael Rybczynski

Commissioner Glenn S. Goord presents the Medal of Merit to Albion Correction Officer Michael Rybczynski.

Franklin King

Buffalo Police Officer Franklin King congratulates Albion Correction Officer Michael Rybczynski, after the CO was awarded the Medal of Merit for coming to the officer's assistance in subduing a crack-crazed suspect.

Michael F. Venne

Commissioner Glenn S. Goord presents the Medal of Merit to Coxsackie Correction Officer Michael F. Venne.

Dennis O'Brien

A plaque honoring Clinton Prison Guard Dennis O'Brien, slain in 1904, was added today to the memorial room in the Training Academy. Viewing the plaque are, from left, his great-granddaughter Phyllis Church and granddaughter-in-law Esther Welsh.

Glenn S. Goord

Families of the 35 DOCS employees to lose their lives in the line of duty since 1861 are seated in the foreground as Commissioner Glenn S. Goord addresses the 600 guests who attended the Department's annual Memorial Service and Medals Ceremony at the Training Academy in Albany.

Dale M. Volker

With the Department's memorial monument at his side, Senator Dale M. Volker of Erie County addresses the 600 guests who attended the Department's annual Memorial Service and medals Ceremony at the Training Academy in Albany.

Jeffrion L. Aubry

With the Department's memorial monument at his side, Assemblymember Jeffrion L. Aubry of Queens County addresses the 600 guests who attended the Department's annual Memorial Service and medals Ceremony at the Training Academy in Albany.

Trumpeters

"Taps" echoed during the ceremony from the trumpets of Orleans Sgt. Brian Freeman (left) and Attica Sgt. Cesar Martinez.

Bagpipers

The DOCS Emerald Society pipers play "Amazing Grace" at the conclusion of the ceremony.

Emerald Society

The Department's Emerald Society Band, formed in 1999, performs prior to the ceremony.

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