As anyone who has spent time at the Red Hook Community Justice Center can attest, the community court difference starts with the court officers at the front door. Time and time again, visitors from around the country and the world describe our officers as some of the most friendly, respectful, helpful, and genuinely compassionate people they have ever encountered. And while the officers invariably go out of their way to avoid the spotlight, they deserve our acknowledgement, our praise, and our thanks.
Last Wednesday, Kings County District Attorney Charles J. Hynes (center) honored Lieutenant Robert Vitucci (second from the right) and Officer Michael Delgado (left) of the Red Hook Community Justice Center with Law Enforcement Appreciation Awards. The ceremony was held at Brooklyn Law School and was emceed by Juliet Papa from 1010 WINS radio. Acknowledging Bobby and Mike's unwavering professionalism and overall excellence on the job, the DA's press release goes on to highlight a specific moment of heroism last summer:
"Lieutenant Vitucci and Officer Delgado both do an exceptional job as court officers assigned to the Red Hook Community Justice Center. But it was their actions on the morning of August 25, 2012, that stood out. Ms. Heidi Gallo ran into the Red Hook Community Justice Center, frantically seeking help. She explained to Lieutenant Vitucci that she heard a loud thud in her home, and found her daughter lying on the floor, unresponsive. Lieutenant Vitucci and Court Officer Delgado immediately rushed to Ms. Gallo’s home across the street. When they entered the apartment, they discovered Ms. Gallo’s daughter, Mary Biaginni, lying on the floor unconscious, not breathing. The officers performed CPR, and Ms. Biaginni regained consciousness. EMS officers then arrived and continued treating her, before taking her to Long Island College Hospital for further treatment. The officers’ quick actions saved Ms. Biaginni’s life."
The Law Enforcement Appreciation Award recognizes "bravery, diligence, dedication to the job, and involvement in the community." I think this pretty much describes the ethos of the court officers here in Red Hook.
With appreciation and thanks,