Remembering fallen parole officers
Story and photos by Deborah A. Miles
The sun was shining in the garden behind Albany’s Legislative Office Building when dozens of officials from the state Department of Corrections and Community Supervision (DOCCS) joined parole and correction officers at a memorial service June 14 to honor those who lost their lives in the line of duty.
DOCCS Deputy Commissioner Daniel Martuscello III officiated at the event and introduced PEF Division 236 Council Leader Paul Rigby and PEF-represented senior parole officer Victor “Tony” Perez who laid a wreath in front of the monument on behalf of the union.
DOCCS Acting Commissioner Anthony Annucci told the participants there have not been any more fatalities since 2009 due to the professionalism, diligence and alertness of all of the officers who work within the state.
The names of those fallen were later read at a following event held at the Albany Training Academy. They are: Barry Sutherland (12-13-76), Raymond Rinaldi (5-22-81), Brian Rooney (10-10-85), Anthony Libertone (6-12-86), Theodore Clark (4-22-93), Sharyn DeBose-Dover (10-13-99) and Jeffrey Woolson (3-19-09).
PEF President Wayne Spence, also a parole officer, said, “This event helps us remember our fellow officers and to pay tribute to them. It is also a reminder to all of us to recognize the work parole officers accomplish every day in their communities, and that on any day, any one of us may be at risk.”