Department of Corrections and Community Supervision

9th Annual Memorial Service and Medals Ceremony
June 5, 2008

2008 Medal of Merit Recipients

2008 Medal Recipients with Commissioner Fischer: CO Dyson, CO Chmielewski, CO Rohr, CO Garritt, CO Pfendler, CO Caouette, CO Slater.

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

  • Press release on the 2008 DOCS Memorial Service and Medals Ceremony.
  • Full text of the citations for 2008 Medal recipients: CO Dyson of Downstate, CO Chmielewski of Mid-State, CO Rohr of Fishkill, CO Garritt of Eastern, CO Pfendler of Marcy, CO Caouette of Mid-State, CO Slater of Coxsackie.
  • Remarks delivered by Commissioner Brian Fischer during the Memorial Service and Medals Ceremony at the Albany Training Academy.�
  • June 1-7, 2008 proclaimed as Correctional Services Employee Week.  460 KB

... and in pictures

Terry Dyson

Commissioner Brian Fischer presents the Medal of Merit to CO Terry Dyson of Downstate Correctional Facility.

Stephen Chmielewski

Commissioner Brian Fischer presents the Medal of Merit to CO Stephen Chmielewski of Mid-State Correctional Facility.

Vito Rohr

Commissioner Brian Fischer presents the Medal of Merit to CO Vito Rohr of Fishkill Correctional Facility.

Owen Garritt

Commissioner Brian Fischer presents the Medal of Merit to CO Owen Garritt of Eastern Correctional Facility.

Rodney Pfendler

Commissioner Brian Fischer presents the Medal of Merit to CO Rodney Pfendler of Marcy Correctional Facility.

Shawn Caouette

Commissioner Brian Fischer presents the Medal of Merit to CO Shawn Caouette of Mid-State Correctional Facility.

Jody Slater

Commissioner Brian Fischer presents the Medal of Merit to CO Jody Slater of Coxsackie Correctional Facility.

Attendees of the Cermony

Attendees at the Department’s annual Memorial Service & Medals Ceremony seen from atop of the Training Academy.

Brian Fischer

Commissioner Fischer addresses the guests attending the Department’s 9th annual Memorial Service and Medals Ceremony at the Training Academy in Albany.

Michael Balboni

Deputy Secretary to the Governor for Public Safety Michael Balboni addresses the guests attending the Department’s annual Memorial Service and Medals Ceremony at the Training Academy in Albany.

Dale M. Volker

Senator Dale M. Volker of Erie County addresses the guests attending the Department’s annual Memorial Service and Medals Ceremony at the Training Academy in Albany.

Tim Gordon

Assemblyman Tim Gordon of Albany County addresses the guests attending the Department’s annual Memorial Service and Medals Ceremony at the Training Academy in Albany.

Emerald Society Band

The Department's Emerald Society Band leads off the start of the Department's annual Memorial Service and Medals Ceremony at the Department's Albany Training Academy.

Sharon Flanagan

Supervising Correction Counselor Sharon Flanagan of Bare Hill Correctional Facility is the soloist singing the National Anthem at the beginning of the Department’s annual Memorial Service and Medals Ceremony at the Training Academy in Albany.

2008 Medalists with Superintendents

The 2008 Medal of Merit Recipients are joined by the Superintendents of their respective correctional facilities.

Placing of the wreath

Medal of Merit recipients Terry Dyson and Stephen Chmielewski place the wreath in front of the memorial.

Rifle Squad

A rifle squad from the Department’s Albany Training Academy prepare to fire a 21-gun salute to honor 35 state prison employees who have died in the line of duty since 1861, as well as the seven current employees who received medals today for acts of bravery and courage last year.

Trumpeters

“Taps” echoed during the Department’s annual Memorial Service and Medals Ceremony. The ceremony is held at the Department’s Albany Training Academy.

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