The 52nd Precinct Community Council welcomed its new commanding officer, Deputy Inspector John D’Adamo, at its Sixth Annual Fellowship Breakfast at Lehman College’s Music Building on Friday, November 13.
The breakfast honored 12 police officers responsible for important arrests in 2008 and 2009. It also included a presentation of civilian awards to Assemblyman Jeff Dinowitz, 52nd Precinct Council secretary Ann Marie Hoppin, Assistant District Attorney Leah Tikantzas, auxiliary police officer Warren Gore, and 52nd Precinct Explorers participant Jennifer Landron.
Borough President Ruben Diaz Jr. spoke about the need for community dialogue and law enforcement in the wake of gun violence that took the life of 92-year-old Wakefield resident Sadie Mitchell.
“We have too many young men who think that they can resolve their problems by resorting to gunplay,” Diaz Jr. said.
Mitchell was in her home in Wakefield, walking from her living room to her kitchen, when a stray bullet struck her.
Thomas Purtell, Commanding Officer of Patrol Borough Bronx, and Senator Jeff Klein helped present the awards to the officers, who were being honored both for individual achievements and the cumulative impact of many arrests throughout the course of the past year.
The officers from the precinct who were honored were Mahmud Abdul Jabbar, Ernesto Martinez, Felipe Babales, Daniel Baca, Mike Carlino, Marco Trujillo, Sergeant Vincenzo Spinola, Jeremy McGee, and Frank Pacella, as well as Lieutenant Stephen Phelan from Special Operations and Detective Hardy Hill.