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Honorees, Deputy Inspector William McBride (center) and Councilmen Grodenchik and Vallone.

Outstanding officers and community leaders in northeast Queens were recognized this week in Bayside.

The 111th Precinct held its annual Awards Night at the Adria Hotel & Conference Center on Northern Boulevard on June 6.

“We can’t do what we do without the support of you in the community,” Deputy Inspector William McBride said, addressing a full house. “And our guys and girls can’t do it without the support of their families. It’s incredible to see this outpouring of support.”

Supervisor of the Year was awarded to Sergeant Jessica Michel.

“She really does go above and beyond all the time,” McBride said. “She takes on any responsibility that we give her without hesitation.”

Detective of the Year was given to Dessmond Bodon, “whose work has been particularly outstanding,” McBride said. Dealing with the precinct’s most violent crimes, one example of his dedication was in apprehending a man who robbed a local tavern at gunpoint. Noticing in surveillance video that the suspect had a unique tattoo on his hand, Bodon meticulously combed through NYPD records until he was able to identify and arrest the perpetrator.

Police Officer of the Year was awarded to Steven Rosa, who began his career in the 75th Precinct before arriving at the 111th in 2008. His current assignment is in Crime Prevention.

“As Crime Prevention officer, his main goal is to keep the residents of the 111th Precinct safe,” McBride said. “He can be depended on to see everything through to completion.”

Civilian of the Year was awarded to Anchamma Mathews; Crossing Guard of the Year to Natalie Cepeda; Auxiliary of the Year to Brian Eco; Explorer of the Year to Joshua Feld.

A special Community Service Award was also presented to Susan Seinfeld. District Manager at Community Board 11 for 13 years, the community leader is officially retiring from her post at the end of the month.

“You are chosen for a mission, a calling, and are the guardians of our public safety,” 111th Precinct Community Council President Jack Fried said to awardees. “We appreciate all that you’ve done for us.”

Awards were sponsored by the Jefferson Democratic Club. Councilmen Paul Vallone and Barry Grodenchik were also present for the ceremony.


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