Town Police Department Honors 13 of Its Own

On Tuesday the East Hampton Town Police Department awarded 13 officers for outstanding and dedicated acts of police work during 2014. Each officer was given an award bar to be displayed over his or her shield.

Chief Michael D. Sarlo praised the officers in a press release, giving a few examples of their fine service.

Officer Arthur Scalzo, already honored earlier this year as "top cop" in the department, received a Department Recognition Award, along with two other officers, Joseph Izzo and David Martin, as well as a police dispatcher, Darlene Semlear.

Ms. Semlear's "quick and decisive life-saving actions" were pivotal in saving the life of someone in police custody who attempted suicide in 2014.

Officer Scalzo, during the year, made arrests of two suspects ultimately convicted on charges relating to the theft of copper gutters. In addition, he saved a 26-year-old man who had overdosed on heroin with an application of newly acquired Narcan, which reverses toxic effects on the central nervous system.

Officer Martin made numerous key arrests last year, including two on drunken-driving charges when he managed to stop two cars at once, and he and Officer Izzo saved the victim of a flipped-over industrial mower in Montauk.

Officers Scalzo and Martin each received an additional award, for excellence in police service. Two other officers were so honored, Katie Izzo and Sarah Mortensen.

Officer Ken Alversa was honored for meritorious service.

Chief Sarlo issued special recognition awards to Officers Vincent Rantinella, Nate Osborn, and Tom Strong. Mr. Izzo and Mr. Alversa were similarly celebrated. Mr. Osborn answered a department-high 795 calls during the year.

Hailed for leading the department in arrests of motorists on drunken-driving charges were Mr. Rantinella and Michael Coleman.

Officer Frank Sokolowski was given an award for professionalism, and, along with Mr. Izzo, was commended for completing field training school.

Lt. Austin McGuire was honored for completing study at the F.B.I. Academy.