New York State
Department of Correctional Services
Glenn S. Goord, Commissioner
Office of Public Information
For immediate release:
Thursday, June 8, 2000
Correctional Services honors three employees; cites their valor, Governor's assistance
Commissioner Glenn S. Goord today presented the Department's awards for valor to three employees during an annual ceremony held at the DOCS' Training Academy in Albany.
The Department's Medal of Merit is presented to "an employee for extraordinary performance in the line of duty or for an exceptional contribution to the Department." The 2000 Medal of Merit recipients are:
- Clinton Correctional Facility Correction Officer Dale G. DuBrey.
- Correction Officer James C. Dumont from the Franklin Correctional Facility.
- Bedford Hills Correctional Facility Sergeant Dion M. Quinta, who was honored for his actions while working as a Correction Officer at Watertown Correctional Facility.
Commissioner Goord said, "These three brave correctional employees have earned the gratitude, respect and admiration of their coworkers, their neighbors and New Yorkers throughout the state. We pay honor to them today as examples of the vigilance, dedication and professionalism of our 32,000 correction employees. These worthy individuals can truly be called heroes."
Governor George E. Pataki sent each honoree a letter, stating that "It is certainly a pleasure to join with your families, friends and coworkers in commending the professionalism, valor and bravery" that have earned them the awards. The Governor added, "I am also extremely proud of this Administration's continuing initiatives to advance your efforts. We are in the midst of the largest maximum-security facility expansion of our system in over 70 years and have restored the death penalty as an appropriate response to heinous conduct. We have eliminated parole for violent felony offenders, criminalized the vile acts of 'inmate throwers,' barred violent felons from participating in work release programs and increased staffing levels."
Governor Pataki also noted in his letter that "Today's Medals recipients are truly worthy individuals. One Correction Officer risked his life in a valiant attempt to save the life of a young women who was trapped when her car plunged into a river. Another Officer heroically rescued people from a burning building with little regard for his own safety. A third Officer, again without regard for his own safety, quickly extinguished a cell fire, helping prevent serious injury to others. The deeds are varied, but the thread is common: An unselfish concern by these Officers for the safety and well-being of their coworkers and others, and a dedicated professionalism unparalleled in any other correctional system in the country.
"Our continued support of the important work of all of you who work in the Department of Correctional Services will never waver," wrote Governor Pataki. "You truly represent the highest standards among Correctional professionals throughout the entire country. For that I thank you, and congratulate you for a job well done."
Commissioner Goord said, "Each day of the year, correctional employees go inside of prisons to perform the most difficult tasks that the state asks of any of its employees. And every day, they are equal to that challenge. It is only appropriate that we take time each year to recognize and encourage the commitment, esprit de corps and selflessness of our work force, which are typified by this year's honorees."
Commissioner Goord also noted that Governor Pataki's commitment to all DOCS employees has been clearly evident since he took office in 1995.
"Governor Pataki continues to be a good friend to this Department," said Commissioner Goord. "Under his leadership and continuing quest to provide our dedicated correctional employees with the tools they need to perform their jobs in a safe and secure environment, a number of vital legislative measures and policies that benefit our employees and all New Yorkers have been implemented over the past five years.
"For instance, New York state now has a death penalty statute which is applicable in the case of a person who commits the ultimate crime of murder against a correctional employee," said Commissioner Goord. "And we now have a law on the books that increases by up to five years the prison sentences of those inmates who chose to throw bodily wastes or fluids at a correctional employee."
Commissioner Goord also noted that, "at Governor Pataki's direction, we are in the midst of a massive maximum-security expansion project that is providing us with the cells we need to segregate from the general population those inmates who chose to assault staff and others and disobey prison rules. And that will mean a safer environment for all within the system."
Commissioner Goord added that the needed new cells provide many other benefits.
"These new cells are providing us with the space we need to increase our intake of state-ready felony commitments from counties, which until recently were holding record numbers of felons awaiting transfer to state custody," said Commissioner Goord. "The counties have been receiving a needed dose of relief through the opening of these cells.
"Additionally," continued Commissioner Goord, "the Governor's commitment to increased capacity is especially important considering the enactment of his Sentencing Reform Act of 1995 and Jenna's Law, which together mandate that all violent felony offenders receive longer maximum sentences and then serve as least 6/7ths of those sentences before becoming eligible for parole. Inmates now are staying in our systems longer, and the ongoing expansion provides us with the space to appropriately house that. And that translates to safer communities throughout New York state."
Since the Department's awards program was instituted in 1984 and including today's ceremony, a total of 108 awards have been issued. The Medal of Honor, the Department's highest award, has been presented to 33 employees, including 26 Correction Officers, three Sergeants and four civilian employees. The Medal of Merit has now been presented to 75 employees, including 55 Correction Officers, four Sergeants, three Lieutenants and 13 civilians.
Attached are copies of the citations listing the action for which each recipient is being honored as well as a sheet listing biographical material on each recipient.
Medal of Merit
The Department's Medal of Merit is presented "to an employee for extraordinary performance in the line of duty or for an exceptional contribution to the Department" The medal is gold-colored metal, circular, approximately 1 3/8" in diameter, and is suspended from a blue ribbon with two vertical gold stripes. The obverse side displays a raised state seal and "New York State Correctional Services," while the reverse is engraved with the recipient's name and the date the medal was presented. In addition, uniformed employees receive a service ribbon approximately 1 3/8" by 3/8" having a blue field with two vertical gold stripes for wear with Class A uniforms. Civilian employees receive, in addition to the medal, a lapel pin approximately 1/4" by 3/4" having a blue field with two vertical gold stripes.
Clinton Correction Officer Dale G. DuBrey
On January 11, 1999, you responded to the scene of a cell fire, and upon observing flames coming from the cell, immediately requested that the cell door be opened. You then ordered the inmate to leave his cell, but the inmate refused. You proceeded to immediately enter the cell by yourself, turned the inmate's mattress over the flames and forcibly removed the inmate from the cell through the use of body holds.
Your actions were directly responsible for preventing serious injury to the inmate and containing the fire, preventing the possibility of injury to others.
Commissioner Goord, it is my pleasure to present Officer DuBrey to receive the Department's Medal of Merit.
Franklin Correction Officer James C. Dumont
On November 18, 1999, while driving home from the Franklin Correctional Facility, you came upon an accident scene where a car had just run off the road and plunged into the Salmon River. Observing that the car was partially submerged, you quickly took off your coat, emptied your pockets and jumped into the frigid river.
Putting your own safety at risk, you then quickly swam to the car in an attempt to save the female driver. You could not open the locked doors, and then made valiant efforts to kick out the rear window before the car sank and, unfortunately, the driver drowned.
Commissioner Goord, it is my pleasure to present Officer Dumont to receive the Department's Medal of Merit.
Bedford Hills Sergeant Dion M. Quinta
On May 3, 1999, while driving in the city of Watertown, you observed smoke and flames coming from the front porch of an adult share-a-home facility. You quickly parked your vehicle, ran to the structure and entered the dwelling through the burning porch. Once inside the building, you alerted the staff to call 911 and vacate the elderly occupants immediately. You then obtained two fire extinguishers from the staff and held the flames back from the main structure until the fire department arrived and extinguished the blaze.
Your quick and decisive actions prevented a potential tragedy.
Commissioner Goord, it is my pleasure to present Sergeant Quinta to receive the Department's Medal of Merit.
Biographies of Award Recipients
MEDAL OF MERIT
Dale G. DuBrey, Correction Officer - Clinton
Date of Birth: December 13, 1965
DOCS Work History: August 22, 1988, to present
Current Salary: $39,680
James C. Dumont, Correction Officer - Franklin
Date of Birth: April 9, 1944
DOCS Work History: August 23, 1982, to present
Current Salary: $41,500
Dion M. Quinta, Correction Sergeant - Bedford Hills
Date of Birth: November 16, 1957
DOCS Work History: January 11, 1982, to present
Current Salary: $45,691