From the Photo News - July 3, 1998

Monroe Fraternal Order of Police honors 3 Officers

The Fraternal Order of Police, Jason Conklin Memorial Lodge #957, recently honored three local police officers, including New York City Police Sgt. Dennis Churn of Highland Mills, NYPD Sgt. Henry Knoop of Monroe, and Wallkill Officer Robert Kammarada.

Churn and Knoop, both of the 50th police precinct in New York, receieved awards for their part in the investigation and arrest of a juvenile wanted for the attempted murder of a police officer who also worked in their precinct.

Both sergeants were on the scene of an arrest when a 10 pound clay flowerpot was thrown from an apartment above, striking an officer on the shoulder and resulting in serious injury. Had the flowerpot struck the officer on the head, he would have been killed.

Members of the lodge thanked both sergeants for the speedy arrest of this juvenile, who lodge President Neil O'Riordan said showed such "blatant disregard for human life and the law enforcement community."

In 1993, police officer John Williamson was killed in a similar incident, when he was struck by a 10 pound bucket of spackle thrown from a roof in the Washington Heights section of Brooklyn.

Kammarada received his award for saving the life of a newborn baby whom had stopped breathing. After receiving word from the dispatcher, Kammarada was on the scene within two minutes to assist by performing CPR on the infant and saving his life.

"It is situations like this, the emotion one feels after helping another, that is why we become law enforcement officers," O'Riordan said. Kammarada and his wife Katy thanked the lodge for rewarding him and all the officers from Orange County who are deserving of such awards.

The next meeting of the Jason Conklin Memorial Lodge will be July 13, 8 p.m. at the Ancient Order of Hibernians Hall on North Main St. in Monroe.  The guest speaker will be Mike Sheehan of FOX 5 News, a former NYPD detective and member of the NYPD honor legion.

Honorees at the July meeting will be Village of Monroe police officers Marc Miller and Robert Compasso, and Town of Woodbury police officers Richard Campora and Warren Decker. The officers will be awarded for their excellent work in the Monroe-Woodbury School District DARE program.

Additionally, Sgt. James Hanes of the 28th precinct in New York City will receive an award for his off-duty arrest of two suspects in the Town of Warwick.