Police Week Continues With Annual Award Ceremony

Published 05/08 2014 04:37PM

Updated 05/08 2014 05:23PM

The Binghamton and Johnson City police departments held an awards ceremony this afternoon. Officers who have shown bravery and helped save lives during the course of their patrols were recognized.

Binghamton Police officers Christopher Marshall and Christopher Bonanno were given certificates for helping to save a woman's life last May.

They forced their way into a house and the woman with a rope around her neck trying to commit suicide. They were able to get the rope off her and get her to a hospital for treatment.

"It feels good to know that you can help people and have it turn into a positive outcome," said Marshall.

Officer Marshall and Officer Patrick Brady were also recognized for helping to save the life of a teenager last October.

The boy tried to jump off of the Washington St. pedestrian bridge in Binghamton. The boy had climbed over the railing and was hanging from the bridge. He then told the officers he was going to jump.

Officers Marshall and Brady grabbed his hands and held him as the fire department worked to secure the boy and lower him into a boat.

"It's good when the outcome is this favorable. I think a big part of it is that we're fortunate to work with the fire department everyday, so while he and I were literally facedown on the bridge, the fire department was standing over us putting the rope around him, so you're not going to get much closer than that. We work well together," said Brady.

Also at today's ceremony, the Medal of Honor was given to the family of Johnson City Police Officer David Smith who was killed in the line of duty on March 31st near Wilson Hospital.

A Medal of Valor was awarded to the officer who shot and killed the man who murdered Officer Smith.

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