The Police Officer of the Year Award
The Police Officer of the Year Award provides statewide recognition of the police officer or officers who have demonstrated exceptional valor in service to the people of New York State, thereby upholding the highest traditions of law enforcement.
2015 Recipients: Trooper Donald L. Atkinson and Trooper Lawrence F. Gurdo II
Trooper Atikinson and Trooper Gurdo were recognized for helping rescue a 14-year-old girl who had been swimming near the Whitney Point Dam in Broome County on July 15, 2015. Both men braved cold water and an extremely strong undercurrent to pull the teen to safety from near the mouth of the quarter-mile-long intake tunnel.