As the New Year was dawning, the Jamaica Rotary once again gathered to celebrate its “Cop of the Month” ceremony at Villa Russo.
For the past 23 years the Jamaica Rotary, led by President Joe Iaboni, has met on a monthly basis to pay tribute to the heroics of officers from the 103rd, 113th, 106th and 102nd precincts.
On Wednesday, December 28, the plaques for a job well done were handed out by Executive Chief Ed Silk.
From the 106th Precinct, Officer Gary Maher was feted for making eighty quality-of-life related arrests over the last year.
Officer Jason Michaud of the 102nd Precinct received an award for his handling of a gunpoint robbery in which he apprehended the perpetrator and recovered a loaded gun.
Detective Lieutenant Rocco Galasso along with Detective Michael Faranda from the 113th Precinct received recognition for bringing to justice Stephon Huffman, the criminal allegedly responsible for the fatal South Jamaica bus stop stabbing of 17-year-old Thomas Edison High School student Patrick Dixon.
Sergeant Frank Demma and Police Officers Jason Barr and Patrick Agugliaro were feted by the 103rd Precinct for arresting a suspect with three loaded firearms.
The Jamaica Rotary also celebrated the success of recent charity work, which raised enough so that “Santa Joe,” along with police officers, was able to visit the Queens Centers for Progress and senior centers, delivering various merchandise and toys for those in need.