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Four law enforcement officers honored on Law & Order Night

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Three men and a woman were saluted Monday night at the 46th annual Law & Order Night dinner hosted by Army & Navy American Legion Post 61, 138 Sterling St.

Honored at the recommendation of their respective departments were Watertown Fire Department Capt. Robert Kolb, state Trooper Ann R. Cunningham, city police Officer Gregory P. Gibbs and Jefferson County Sheriff’s Deputy Randolph J. Bachmeyer.

City police commended Officer Gibbs as Officer of the Year for responding to a May 15 arson fire at 239 High St. Upon his arrival, the apartment building’s porch was on fire, and Officer Gibbs helped an elderly woman and two other people from a burning first-floor apartment by getting them out of a window. He also had the presence of mind to secure a gas can on the porch that was used later in the arson investigation.

Capt. Kolb was recognized for his role in the same fire. A part of a three-man crew that arrived first at the scene, Capt. Kolb quickly assessed the situation. He helped the police officer get the three people out of the building. He also had another firefighter battle the blaze with a fire hose from the front, while the third firefighter operated the pump.

Deputy Bachmeyer earned his citation by helping other officers with capturing a Black River man who was armed with a handgun and threatened suicide during an Aug. 5 incident.

The man was about to take off in his vehicle before Deputy Bachmeyer used a Humvee to pin the vehicle against a tree. That allowed other officers to take the man into custody.

Trooper Cunningham was honored for saving a man who had a heart attack while at the controls of a ferry boat on Oct. 16 in Cape Vincent.

The ferry operator, George D. Horne, suffered the heart attack during an incident in which a vehicle was falling off the vessel and troopers were trying to save it.

Mr. Horne was totally unresponsive and had no vital signs when Trooper Cunningham immediately retrieved the defibrillator from her vehicle and boarded the vessel. After getting a pulse, she continued to aid him until he went to the hospital. Mr. Horne has since recovered fully.

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