Thanking officers for a 'thankless job'

By Brandi Bailey
By Samantha Sonner

May 8, 2014 Updated May 9, 2014 at 12:23 PM EDT

Binghamton, NY (WBNG Binghamton) The Binghamton, Johnson City, and Endicott Police Departments awarded some of its officers for a job well done.

At the Binghamton and Johnson City ceremony, more than a dozen officers were given awards for going above and beyond.

Fallen Officer David W. Smith was awarded the Medal of Honor for giving the ultimate sacrifice on March 31, when he was gunned down by James Clark.

Officer Louis Cioci was given the Medal of Valor. He shot Clark and potentially saved more lives.

"We are very fortunate to work with the people we work with," Binghamton Police Officer Patrick Brady said. "Even the simplest things can end up being something more than they are."

A similar ceremony was held in Endicott, where memories of March 31 lingered.

"Fresh in our mind was a really bad day in law enforcement," said Endicott Police Chief Michael Cox. "But hopefully today is one of those good days where we recognize the effort and get to say thank you."

Endicott officers received awards for years of service and participating in special teams. They also handed out their first perfect attendance award to Endicott Police Detective Scott Alston.

"I haven't called in sick in 10 years," Alston said.

Alston says it is nice to be recognized because most officers don't expect to be recognized for the job they do.

"I don't think that people really realize everything that goes on in police work and everything that it entails," said Alston, "and the things that the guys and the girls who do this job really face on a daily basis."

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