Department of Corrections and Community Supervision

13th Annual Memorial Service and Medals Ceremony
June 14, 2012
Albany Training Academy

2012 Medal of Merit Recipients

2012 Medal Recipients with Commissioner Fischer: Michael Cassidy, William Tolli, John Iocovello, Robert Shields.

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

  • Press release on the 2012 DOCCS Memorial Service and Medals Ceremony.
  • Full text of the citations for 2012 Medal recipients: Senior Parole Officer Karen Gormley (Bronx), Lieutenant Robert Shields (Elmira), Correction Officer John Iocovello (Ulster), Correction Officer William Tolli (Woodbourne), Correction Officer Michael Cassidy (Sullivan).
  • Remarks delivered by Commissioner Brian Fischer during the Memorial Service and Medals Ceremony.
  • June 10 - June 16, 2012 proclaimed  1,406 KB as Corrections and Community Supervision Employee Week.
  • List of 41 New York State prison employees who have died in the line of duty.

... and in pictures

Betsey Blake

Institution Steward Betsey Blake of Wende Correctional Facility is the Soloist singing at the begining of the Department’s annual Memorial Service and Medals Ceremony

Emerald Society Band

The Department's Emerald Society Band leads off the start of the Department’s Memorial Service and Medals Ceremony.

Anthony Annucci

Executive Deputy Commissioner Anthony Annucci addresses the audience as the event’s emcee.

Attendees of the ceremony

Color Guard posting of the colors.

Joanna Katz

Rabbi Joanna Katz of Bedford Hills Correctional Facility delivers the invocation.

Liz Glazer

Deputy Secretary to the Governor for Public Safety Elizabeth Glazer addresses the guests attending the Department’s annual Memorial Service and Medals Ceremony.

Roy McDonald

Senator Roy McDonald addresses the guests attending the Department’s annual Memorial Service and Medals Ceremony.

Jeffrion L. Aubry

Assemblyman Jeffrion L. Aubry addresses the guests attending the Department’s annual Memorial Service and Medals Ceremony.

Angela Jimenez

Angela Jimenez, Deputy Commissioner for Community Supervision, presents the Medal of Honor nominee.

Medal of Honor

Commissioner Brian Fischer presents the Medal of Honor to Regional Director Gayle Walthall, accepting the award on behalf of Senior Parole Officer Karen Gormley of the Bronx Area Community Supervision Office.

Joseph Bellnier

Joseph Bellnier, Deputy Commissioner for Correctional Facilities, presents the Medal of Merit nominees.

Brian Fischer with Robert Shields

Commissioner Brian Fischer presents the Medal of Merit to Lieutenant Robert Shields of Elmira Correctional Facility.

Brian Fischer with John Iocovello

Commissioner Brian Fischer presents the Medal of Merit to Correction Officer John Iocovello of Ulster Correctional Facility.

Brian Fischer with William Tolli

Commissioner Brian Fischer presents the Medal of Merit to Correction Officer William Tolli of Woodbourne Correctional Facility.

Brian Fischer with Michael Cassidy

Commissioner Brian Fischer presents the Medal of Merit to Correction Officer Michael Cassidy of Sullivan Correctional Facility.

Brian Fischer

Commissioner Fischer addresses the guests attending the Department's 13th annual Memorial Service and Medals Ceremony.

Attendees

Attendees at the Department’s Memorial Service and Medals Ceremony.

Joseph Bellinier

Joseph Bellnier, Deputy Commissioner for Correctional Facilities, presents the reading of the memorial roll.

Wreath

Medal of Merit recipients Robert Shields and William Tolli 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 41 state employees who have died in the line of duty since 1861, as well as the five current employees who received medals today.

Taps

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

Rubia Muhammad

Chaplain Rabia Muhammad of Albion Correctional Facility delivers the benediction.

J. Edward Lewis

Reverend J. Edward Lewis of Fishkill Correctional Facility sings rendition of ’Amazing Grace’.

Robert Shields with Chappius

The 2012 Medal of Merit Recipient Robert Shields is joined by Deputy Superintendent for Security Wenderlich (Elmira).

John Iocovello with Nicolato

The 2012 Medal of Merit Recipient John Iocovello is joined by Superintendent Nicolato (Ulster).

William Tolli and Michael Cassidy

The 2012 Medal of Merit Recipient William Tolli and Michael Cassidy are joined by Superintendents Cunningham (Woodbourne) and Griffin (Sullivan).

William Tolli and Cunningham

The 2012 Medal of Merit Recipient William Tolli is joined by Superintendent Cunningham (Woodbourne).

Michael Cassidy and Griffin

The 2012 Medal of Merit Recipient Michael Cassidy is joined by Superintendent Griffin (Sullivan).

Commissioner with the speakers

Commissioner Fischer is joined by today's speakers (L-R Assemblyman Aubry, Senator McDonald, and Deputy Secretary for Public Safety Elizabeth Glazer).

Correction Officers

Department Correction Officers called to attention during the 13th Annual Memorial Service and Medals Ceremony.

Memorial Monument

Department Memorial located on the grounds of the Albany Training Academy.

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