Department of Corrections and Community Supervision

15th Annual Memorial Service and Medals Ceremony
June 12, 2014
Albany Training Academy

2014 Medal of Merit Recipients

2014 Medal Recipients with Acting Commissioner Annucci: (l-r): William Weise, Debra Lucchese, Nicholas Dimase, Erwin Emminger, Bradley Walters

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

  • Press release on the 2014 DOCCS Memorial Service and Medals Ceremony.
  • Full text of the citations for 2014 Medal recipients: Green Haven Correction Officer Nicholas R. Dimase, Attica Correction Officer Erwin Emminger, Attica Correction Officer Bradley Walters, Bedford Hills Maintenance Assistant William F. Wiese, Shawangunk Keyboard Specialist 2 Debra Lucchese.
  • Remarks delivered by Acting Commissioner Anthony J. Annucci during the Memorial Service and Medals Ceremony.
  • June 8 - June 14, 2014 proclaimed  592 KB as Corrections and Community Supervision Employee Week.
  • Governor Andrew M. Cuomo’s message  631 KB
  • List of 42 New York State prison employees  1,743 KB who have died in the line of duty.

... and in pictures

Emerald Society Band

The Department's Emerald Society Band and the Correctional Service of Canada "Ceremony Unit" perform at the Department's annual Memorial Service and Medals Ceremony.

Betsy Blake

Wende Institution Steward Betsey Blake sings The National Anthem

Imam Mohamed Afify

Imam Mohamed Afify of Southport delivers the invocation

Joseph Bellnier

Deputy Commissioner for Correctional Facilities Joseph Bellnier serves as the emcee and introduces today’s speakers.

Thomas Abt

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

Daniel O'Donnell

NYS Assemblymember Daniel O’Donnell addresses the guests attending the Department’s annual Memorial Service and Medals Ceremony.

Anthony Annucci addressing the guests

Acting Commissioner Anthony J. Annucci addresses the guests attending the Department’s 15th annual Memorial Service and Medals Ceremony.

Anthony Annucci with Nicholas Dimase

Acting Commissioner Anthony J. Annucci presents the Medal of Honor Honor to now retired, Correction Officer Nicholas Dimase of Green Haven Correctional Facility.

Anthony Annucci with Erwin Emminger

Acting Commissioner Anthony J. Annucci presents the Medal of Merit to Correction Officer Erwin Emminger of Attica Correctional Facility.

Anthony Annucci with Bradley Walters

Acting Commissioner Anthony J. Annucci presents the Medal of Merit to Correction Officer Bradley Walters of Attica Correctional Facility.

Anthony Annucci with William Wiese

Acting Commissioner Anthony J. Annucci presents the Medal of Merit to Maintenance Assistant William Wiese of Bedford Hills Correctional Facility.

Anthony Annucci with Debra Lucchese

Acting Commissioner Anthony J. Annucci presents the Medal of Merit to Keyboard Specialist 2 Debra Lucchese of Shawangunk Correctional Facility.

Attendees

Attendees at the Department’s annual Memorial Service & Medals Ceremony.

Rifle Squad

A rifle squad from the Department’s Albany Training Academy prepares to fire a 21-gun salute to honor 42 state prison employees who have died in the line of duty since 1861, as well as the five current employees who received medals today for acts in 2013.

Taps

"Taps," performed by Shawangunk Correction Officer Jeffrey Degraff and Wende Sergeant Brian Freeman echoed during the ceremony.

Benediction

Deacon Steven Young of Greene Correctional Facility delivers the benediction.

Reverend J. Edward

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

Medal Recepients

The 2014 Medal of Honor and Medal of Merit recipients are joined by Superintendent Lee (Green Haven), Superintendent Artus (Attica), Superintendent Kaplan (Bedford Hills, and Deputy Superintendent for Security Bell (Shawangunk).

Medal Recepients with their superintendents

Acting Commissioner Anthony J. Annucci with 2014 Medal Recipients.

Acting commissioner with Correctional Service of Canada Ceremony Unit

Acting Commissioner Anthony J. Annucci at the Memorial with the Correctional Service of Canada Ceremony Unit.

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