A steady drizzle came down June 13…
…as PEF parole officers and state Department of Corrections and Community Supervision (DOCCS) leaders gathered at the New York State Parole Officers Memorial and the New York State Corrections Officers Memorial behind the Legislative Office Building in Albany.
A row of memorial wreaths were lined up in the grass in front of the memorials as those gathered paid tribute to the men and women who lost their lives on the job — a total of 43 heroes who have died in the line of duty since 1861.
Parole Officer and Division 236 Council Leader Victor “Tony” Perez and Parole Officer and Division 236 Steward Joe Carey laid the PEF wreath at the base of the parole memorial.
Following the somber ceremony, many of the attendees made their way to the DOCCS Training Academy on New Scotland Road where 12 DOCCS employees were honored for “actions [that] made a difference in the lives of people in the communities we protect,” according to the ceremony program.
Among the Medal of Honor recipients were PEF parole officers Ingrid Cannonier and Maxelliot Correa, both from the Bronx region.
Cannonier and Correa were working with Assistant Deputy Chief Investigator Richard Hotaling and Investigator Lance C. Crossett of the Office of Special Investigations, both of whom were also awarded the Medal of Honor, when the incident that gained them their recognition took place.