Dave Martin, an East Hampton Town police officer, was presented with the department’s Officer of the Year award late last month.
Officer Martin responded to a call last February from a young girl whose father had shot her mother with a pellet gun and was holding the family, including a sibling, at knifepoint in a Springs house. After getting the victims safely out of the house, he subdued the man and took him into custody.
A graduate of East Hampton High School, Marine veteran, and a nine-year member of the department who is married and has a young child, Mr. Martin was honored at a dinner hosted by the Southampton Kiwanis Club in late January, and given a proclamation by the East Hampton Town Board.
“He did a spectacular job that night,” said East Hampton Town Police Chief Ed Ecker, “but he always does a good job. He’s a solid officer.”