Local cop honored for heroism
A 62nd Precinct cop whose heroic efforts in pursuit of a trio ofrobbery suspects left him fighting for his life, in 2010, receivedone of the NYPD’s most prized honors, the Assistant Chief PatrickD. Brennan Police Officer of the Year Award, during a movingceremony held outside the headquarters of Patrol Borough BrooklynSouth.
Detective Carlos Olmedo – who spent 10 days in a coma and wentthrough months of rehabilitation after being struck by a vehicle ashe attempted to catch the robbery suspects – accepted his awardwith quiet dignity, as Deputy Inspector James Rooney, thecommanding officer of the 62nd Precinct; Assistant Chief ThomasChan, the commanding officer of Brooklyn South; Chief Joseph Fox,the prior C.O. of Brooklyn South who now heads up the NYPD’sTransit Division; and fellow officers from the 62nd Precinct lookedon.
Olmedo, like other police officers who have received the BrennanOfficer of the Year award, exemplifies Chief Brennan’s life andspirit, noted Chan, who described in detail the May16 incident inwhich Olmedo was injured. Olmedo, he said, showed, determination,courage and spirit, and turning to the honoree, he added, Carlos,you make us very proud.
Martin Brennan, one of Chief Brennan’s sons, thanked the NYPDfor the ongoing honor of keeping his spirit alive and doing it inthe most appropriate way possible.