Clarkstown Police Department Holds Annual Recognition Ceremony

The department honors officers, civilians and high school students


John Stein was golfing at Rockland Lake earlier this year when his wife noticed someone else on the course having some difficulties.

Stein went over and saw the man wasn’t breathing, so he started administering CPR. Stein performed CPR on the man for about 10 to 12 minutes until the first officers from the Clarkstown Police Department arrived. Officers Thomas Flanagan and Charles Owens were the first to get there, and they used a defibrillator on the unresponsive golfer.

The officers assisted in giving the man CPR until the medics arrived to transport him to Nyack Hospital, where the man became coherent and responsive.

On Sunday, Stein was given a Civilian Lifesaving Award during the Clarkstown Police Department’s Recognition Ceremony. Flanagan and Owens were given lifesaving awards as well.

“The award is that he’s still alive and gets to still see his family,” Stein said. “This is nice for me, but far less important than that.”

At the ceremony, officers from the department and civilians were honored for their work during the past year. Scholarships were also given out to high school seniors, and more than 30 members of the Youth Police Academy graduated their 10-week program. The graduates attend Clarkstown North and South high schools and Nanuet Senior High School.

Police Chief Michael Sullivan spoke to the crowd in the parking lot of the police department about all the equipment and training used to keep Clarkstown safe, such as mobile computers, emergency life-saving training and a state-of-the-art emergency communication and command center.

“None of these things would mean anything or have any impact if we didn’t have the most important resource of all: some of the finest, most qualified men and women in law enforcement today,” Sullivan said. “I appreciate everything you do. To all the men and women of the Clarkstown Police Department, I appreciate everything you do every day all throughout the year.”

Clarkstown Police Department Officer Keith Garrabrant was selected as the Officer of the Year.

“Keith has always conducted himself in a manner that brings credit to our department, and he’s a wonderful representative for all the men and women who wear the badge in the Clarkstown Police,” said Clarkstown Policemen's Benevolent Association President John Hanchar.

Garrabrant, a former chief of the Valley Cottage Fire Department, has been with the department since 1988, and is the emergency management coordinator. His work during Tropical Storm Irene and the October snowstorm last year were brought up in his introduction as some of his exemplary work.

“We had some extraordinary weather patterns last year,” Garrabrant said. “It wasn’t just me doing all the work, though. The police department, town hall and emergency services played a big role in keeping the town safe.”

Garrabrant added he thinks the award, while given to him, is for the work of many.

“We had long hours, a lot of long days, last year,” he said. “I wasn’t the only one there late.”

Still Garrabrant was happy to earn the award.

“I’m very honored to receive it,” he said. “There are a lot of great officers in the department, so to be picked as the officer of the year is really something.”

2011-2012 Award Recipients:

Lifesaving Award:

  • Police Officer Thomas Flanagan
  • Police Officer Charles Owens
  • Police Officer Andrew Kelly
  • Police Officer Brian Quinn

Excellent Police Service:

  • Sgt. Steven Chernick
  • Det. Alan Fehsal
  • Police Officer John Hanchar
  • Police Officer Patrick Kivlehan
  • Police Officer Peter Monroe
  • Police Officer Robert Reilly
  • Det. Thomas Sheehy
  • Police Officer David Trois
  • Police Officer Joseph Dwyer
  • Det. John Fredericks
  • Police Officer Andrew Kelly
  • Det. Robert McDonald
  • Police Officer Rodney Picott
  • Police Officer Kevin Ryan
  • Police Officer Keith Teneyck
  • Police Officer Michael Valentino

Meritorious Police Service 2nd:

  • Police Officer Gary Bromm
  • Police Officer Lee Davies
  • Police Officer Daniel Martin
  • Police Officer Robert Reilly
  • Sgt. Steven Chernick
  • Police Officer Daniel Maloney
  • Police Officer Brian Michel

Meritorious Police Service 1st:

  • Police Officer Orlando Cruz
  • Police Officer Robert Fortune
  • Police Officer Kevin Quinn
  • Police Officer Thomas Flanagan
  • Police Officer James McCormick

Lifesaving Award - Civilian:

  • John Stein
  • Peter Eckhart

Officer of the Year:

  • Keith Garrabrant

Clarkstown PBA Scholarships:

  • Alyssa Breslow
  • Clare Gilroy
  • Kelly Voglio

Chief G. Robert Schnakenberg Scholarship:

  • Harrison Weissberg

Detective Sergeant James L. Doyle Scholarship:

  • Robert Arbuco
  • Jennifer Cole-Hatchard
  • Martin Cummings
  • Patti Kelly
  • Thomas Lawrence
  • Courtney Quinn
  • Jack Trois

Youth Police Academy Graduates

Clarkstown North:

  • Marissa Camacho
  • Michael Depietri
  • Tommy Garchitorena
  • Dylan Graney
  • Josh Jacobs
  • Rashaun Jemison
  • Andrew Korsky
  • Eric Murphy
  • James Murray
  • Alen Pjetrovic
  • Frank Regalbuto
  • Carla Serani
  • Jeanine Siegel
  • Wes Sippel

Clarkstown South:

  • Erik Aguilar
  • Eliza Brutyan
  • Erica Carchichabla
  • Ryan Donnellan
  • Billy Muller
  • Alexandra Recupero
  • Ashley Tolentino


  • Jon Brown
  • Tyshaun Brown
  • Gedeon Fayimir
  • Chris Hudak
  • Patrick O’Hara
  • Dylan Sierpinski
  • Shelby Silva
  • Chris Smith
  • Jonathan Stanaj
  • Rachel Tasaro
HABIBHASAN-An American Storyteller May 22, 2012 at 11:04 PM
My Standing Ovation and God-Speed to The Clarkstown Police Department in their Daily Task of Law Enforcement!. God Bless America. The Police Departments are the First Line of Defence in Our Federal Structure at Local State and Federal Levels. As an objective observer overlooking the " prevailaing political landscape" and "goatings of The County's PD's and Sherriff Department" is well known accross the Country! . . . Discrediting them seems like a daily norm here! However; must I acknowledge that [we are silently] living in a time where it would have been impossible to live in Rockland Without these 5 Towns Police Departments! The Politicians must wake-up to uphold the Intregirity of all Men and Women who put their lifes on the Line of Duty. Respect them and what they do! [before spending money]! Government's Money! Fix your Cah Registers Mr. Gorbachev! [ Joke]! HABIBHASAN-An American Storyteller
audrey May 23, 2012 at 05:27 AM
Congratulations to all! Thank you to the Clarkstown police Force for always protecting our community and making this the best place to call home!
stephany May 23, 2012 at 10:43 PM
might be easier to list who didn't get an award
Clarkstown life May 24, 2012 at 01:50 AM
Hey dopey.....those are mostly students who were given scholarships. Your comments continue to be ridiculous.
stephany May 24, 2012 at 03:27 AM
I was only talking about the police and thanks for the name calling officer
HABIBHASAN-An American Storyteller May 24, 2012 at 03:40 AM
. . . [may be] that is called a "tug of war" entangled in "Conflict of Interest Position" being a Councilman in the "day-time" and "going back-home country" at night! LOL! Ask what have you done for the Country? I like the exchange between these two fellow bloogers! [LOL] It's interesting to know behind the scene. It's called "accuracy"! I respect the First Amendment Right of both of you! [ after-work having a view is ok!] unless [currently] one is a "Commander"! {Joke}! LOL! HABIBHASAN- An American Storyteller
stephany May 24, 2012 at 11:49 PM
The clarkstown life's inapprrpriate nasty reply got me looking into this. Of all the kids that got scholarships more than half have the same last name as someone on the force at one time or another.While there is no weisserg on the force or one on the tax rolls there is a weisberg on the force with 1 s so I did not even count him as related. this does not mean they are related but it is a pretty big coincidence if they aren't. Not having the same last name as someone on the force at one time or another does not mean you are not related either. It is possible they all are related to clarkstown law enforcement in some way. Oddly enough, and to make it even more questionable the application for the scholarship does not require the students to be related to law enforcement of any kind as far as I could see. Giving scholarships of any amount to students whose parent is one of the highest paid people in the country is also a shame. and what about the other parent if around. That only adds more to the income if it applies I only checked the names of the students who got money but I am sure there are plenty at the bottom of the list who were mentioned. who pays for these scholarships and who decides who gets then. who pays for this event I would not mind seeing an article on that and everything else [relations] in this post
Clarkstown life May 25, 2012 at 02:13 AM
you have too much time on your hands....
HABIBHASAN-An American Storyteller May 25, 2012 at 03:17 AM
. . .so what [should] be done? Put these "children" in Family Business of Third Generation Welfare Recipients? . . . .or Shall We Get a "Universal Scholarship Law" passed in "the US Congress!"? . . . Please shed some light on that too! I am kind of lost! HABIBHASAN-An American Storyteller
stephany May 25, 2012 at 04:36 AM
habib.what don't you get meanwhile read upon the chief one of the scholarships is named for.the fact that the cops who worked for him is pretty irrelevant considering what was going on right under his nose http://www.nytimes.com/1987/08/08/nyregion/police-chief-rejects-a-call-to-step-down-in-rockland.html
Tom Truth May 26, 2012 at 04:18 AM
Habib probably doesn't get anything stephany says other than she hates the Clarkstown Police. That much is evident by your history of posts. Never have a nice word about anything - a wonderful way to go through life. Oh, and of course attack anyone who takes issue with your posts as well. So lets see, scholarships named after a Chief who was respected by the men and women who served under him - let's drudge up some 25 year old story to do what exactly? Scholarships given by the PBA to local students, some related to members of the department giving them out; some aren't - but let's criticize that - how dare the PBA give out scholarships on criteria they select - they should have asked stephany first who to give scholarships to. These are not need based scholarships, so the money a parent makes is not a factor - how about the community service and scholastic achievements of these kids? But hey, they are related somehow to CPD members so they must be demonized as well. You really should be proud of all you bring to the table!
stephany May 26, 2012 at 05:53 AM
the amount of money given to relatives of law enforcement is way skewed to the point it needs to be looked into but it won't be. that 25 yr old story resulted in the town supervisor demanding his resignation,politically motivated or not he demanded and he had every right to. it was practically the first thing that came up on him. drugs, racism solicitation of prostitution,falsifying records under his watch and all he can come up with is he is human and stuff happens and you just defended him. must be an inside joke because i don't know anyone who would think it was funny or defensible let alone naming a scholarship for him. he may have been a decent chief but that is a deal breaker in most peoples eyes.come on the application clearly asks for financials,and a LOT of them. if the scholarships have nothing to do with "need" they "need" not ask about anything to do with "need". like at the bottom of this application.if "need" is not figured in what are they using the information for.bottom of this. http://www.albertusmagnus.net/html/Clarkstown%20PBA.pdf this is what bothered me most as a friend of mine has a daughter in "need" who applied but is nowhere to be found on the list. she is involved in the community and is in the top 12% of her class. $1000 to her would have meant a lot. her parents will struggle to come up with the money loans don't cover. I think i gave constructive criticism of a very flawed process. what isn't flawed about it.
Michael N. Hull May 26, 2012 at 11:07 AM
Stephany: I knew the Chief personally. He was a member of my church and he had the highest of ethical standards. His wife is still a member. There were indeed bad eggs in his basket but evidence was needed for him to take action and if it was so obvious earlier there was nothing to stop the DA from initiating an investigation and prosecution. You can't accuse and convict without evidence. Those who were a problem were eventually uncovered with facts that could support the allegations.
Clarkstown life May 26, 2012 at 02:38 PM
YOU are flawed
INTHEKNOW May 26, 2012 at 05:30 PM
Most companies offer nominal scholarships to the children of their employees. As public employees, the police of course are not able to have their employees gift them any money, that would be illegal as a gift of public funds. UPS, Coca-Cola, etc all give gifts to their employees children in the form of college grants. Most unions, (IBEW, CWA, etc) provide a minimal scholarship to all the children of their members, and the Clarkstown PBA does the same. That money comes out of dues paid for by the members themselves. However, the Clarkstown PBA also gives out scholarships to deserving students with no affiliation to the dept, chosen by a committee of volunteers who look at the students involvement in the community when making their choices. Financial considerations are not important, but rather the students accomplishments. I would bet the application you linked was probably borrowed by the PBA from another group giving scholarships. IN 30 years, the pba has given tens of thousands of dollars out to students from all over the town, with money raised from golf outings, raffles and other events. I'm sorry your friends child wasn't selected, but there are always scores of applicants and the committee has a hard choice. Chief Schnakenberg was a friend and a man of the highest morals. He was simply at the head during a very difficult time, and was undone by some below him. You shouldn't assassinate his character without knowing the facts.
stephany June 04, 2012 at 03:47 PM
I just linked to the story that popped up first when I Googled his name. then reiterated what it contained. funny how you all think that is character assassination. @Intheknow "Most companies offer nominal scholarships to the children of their employees" more is more than 50% ? . please provide reputable link to that stat btw I have no problem if they advertized that the golf outing is mainly to give money to parents of cops. Do not be surprised if some people, or couples, who make a lot less than 1 cop may take issues and not show up. where they might if it was not so stated. I think law enforcement should have 2 tournaments. 1 solely for law enforcement and relations the one that is solely not for law enforcement and relations. waithing on Clarkstown life tic toc tic toc
stephany June 04, 2012 at 04:15 PM
btw I have no problem if they advertized that the golf outing is mainly to give money to parents of cops. btw I have no problem if they advertized that the golf outing is mainly to give money to children of cops.
INTHEKNOW June 04, 2012 at 06:30 PM
Hey Stephany, lets work on the readikng comprehension shall we...the golf outing money goes to the general scholarships... the children of cops get money from the cops own dues. Is that clear enough??
AH June 04, 2012 at 08:02 PM
Congrats to all students that received scholarships and congrats to all CPD officers that received awards all were well deserved. Be safe and great job!
stephany June 26, 2012 at 12:35 AM
Hey Stephany, lets work on the readikng comprehension shall we Hey Inthedon'tknow how to spell..what is readikng I READ it but don't UNDERSTAND it.. what language is it so I can research


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