ALBANY, N.Y. – New York State Police are awarding the bravery and heroism of its finest troopers on Wednesday.
The awards are part of the 38th annual State Police Awards Day and Memorial Service.
Superintendent Joseph D'Amico commended and recognized 29 individuals and unit for bravery, investigative persistence, police education, traffic safety, community service and more.
"It's a bittersweet day. It's about sorrow out here and remembering and mourning and it's about honoring inside. All of them love what they do. They love being troopers, they love being cops and sometimes the risks do come around and reality sets in,” said D’Amico.
Along with the awards, State Police will also remember the four Troopers who died in the line of duty in 2013, including Duanesburg native David Cunniff. Cunniff died during a traffic stop on the Thruway in December.
The ceremony on Wednesday comes on day after the names of 20 law enforcement officers from across the state were added to the fallen officer’s memorial at the Empire State Plaza.