Deputies, officers honored for heroism

By Michelle Costanza

May 6, 2013 Updated May 7, 2013 at 9:20 AM EDT

Town of Dickinson, NY (WBNG Binghamton) With the conclusion of Police Week, Broome County Sheriff David Harder hosted a ceremony Monday to recognize some of the people whose brave actions go unnoticed far too often.

Awards were handed out to honor the men and women who serve and protect.

Harder and Undersheriff Alex Minor, alongside County Executive Debbie Preston, praised the officers and deputies of the Corrections and Law Enforcement divisions, saying they go above and beyond the call of duty each day.

"On the corrections side, their job is to call to the safety of the inmates. People have no idea what goes on in jail over there" Harder said.

Awards were presented for a variety of acts, including assisting drivers in car accidents, preventing hostage situations, providing medical assistance and recovering contraband.

"Every year it's a little bit different. There's always something new that they throw at me, it's just a new challenge," said Deputy Robert Stapleton.

Stapleton said he's lucky to work alongside such a dedicated group of people.

"It's nice to know that all my co-workers are doing great things and getting recognized for it," he added.

Family and friends applauded as speakers at the event highlighted the achievements and selfless acts of the men and women who run into harm's way instead of away from it.

"I'm very proud of them," Harder said of the award recipients.

A total of 23 were given out at the ceremony, including one to a civilian who helped a deputy take care of a diabetic man who had collapsed in the CVS store she managed.