Department of Corrections and Community Supervision

Medal of Merit citation for:

Adirondack Sergeant Randy Bedore

You were participating in the facility escape pursuit drill on May 19, 2005, traveling with Officer Bobby Jo Facteau on Route 86 in the town of North Elba. While on that route, you came upon a three-vehicle accident, almost immediately after it had occurred.

You notified the Watch Commander, who called the State Police to report the incident.

You assessed the scene and discovered an individual trapped inside his vehicle, which was smoking and leaking gas. You immediately went to the aid of the individual and unlocked the damaged back door.

You were able to remove the driver from the vehicle and carried him to safety.

By putting yourself in harm's way, while responding courageously and without hesitation, you were able to rescue the individual from potential danger before any other emergency responders arrived at the scene.

Sergeant Bedore, you displayed bravery and courage by willingly placing yourself in harm's way to ensure the safety of an individual in dire need of assistance.

Age: 42
Date entered state service: 6-20-83
Date at current facility: 7-31-03

Medal of Merit citation for:

Adirondack Correction Officer Bobbi Jo Facteau

You were participating in the facility escape pursuit drill on May 19, 2005, traveling with Sergeant Randy Bedore on Route 86 in the town of North Elba. While on that route, you came upon a three-vehicle accident, almost immediately after it had occurred.

You assessed the scene and discovered an individual trapped inside his vehicle, which was smoking and leaking gas. You immediately went to the aid of the individual, turning off the vehicle's ignition and unlocking the damaged back door.

You were able to remove the driver from the vehicle and carried him to safety.

By responding courageously and without hesitation, you were able to rescue the individual from potential danger before any other emergency responders arrived at the scene.

Officer Facteau, you displayed bravery and courage by willingly placing yourself in harm's way to ensure the safety of an individual in dire need of assistance.

Age: 35
Date entered state service: 7-18-94
Date at current facility: 5-20-99

Medal of Merit citation for:

Elmira Correction Officer Carl Hillman

You were at your post on the morning of January 10, 2005, in an area where program meetings take place between inmates and civilian personnel.

Upon beginning security rounds of the area you noted an inmate and a female counselor having a discussion in her office. Later on, while making rounds, you noticed that the office door was now closed, and the lights were off.

While it was not uncommon for this office to be left in this manner, you did not remember seeing the inmate leave the floor. This did not sit right with you, and you responded immediately.

You opened the door of the office to interrupt a serious assault being perpetrated by the inmate, who had beaten the female counselor unconscious. You leaped over the desk and grabbed the inmate, who immediately fled the scene.

You quickly alerted other staff - who provided immediate aid to the counselor and summoned medical assistance - before pursuing the attacker and helping to apprehend him.

Your vigilance unquestionably thwarted a more serious assault, and very likely saved the female counselor's life.
Your actions serve as an outstanding example of how performing one's job duties, no matter how routine and repetitive they may seem, can literally mean the difference between life and death.

Officer Hillman, you are a credit to Elmira Correctional Facility, and to the Department of Correctional Services.

Age: 46
Date entered state service: 1-8-90
Date at current facility: 9-26-96

Medal of Merit citation for:

Auburn Correction Officer Randall B. Calhoun

You were off-duty on March, 18, 2005, when you came upon a motor vehicle accident in the Town of Genoa in Cayuga County.

Upon closer inspection of the accident, you discovered that the vehicle was on fire and the driver was unconscious.

Without regard for your own safety, you approached the burning vehicle, woke the driver, lifted him out of the vehicle and pulled him away to a safe location.

Once safely away from the burning vehicle, you laid the injured driver on his side in order to prevent him from choking. The driver was spitting up blood due to the injuries sustained in the accident.

The Cayuga County Sheriff who investigated the accident said this in his statement: "Randy Calhoun's heroic act on March 18, 2005, was, in fact, a great humanitarian deed that saved the life of a 17-year-old accident victim."

Officer Calhoun, your display of courage and bravery in placing yourself in harm's way saved the life of a young boy.

Age: 41
Date entered state service: 2-22-88
Date at current facility: 11-17-88