Emerald Society To Honor 10 Yonkers Police Officers

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The Police Emerald Society of Westchester will honor 17 law enforcement officers Friday. Photo Credit: The Police Emerald Society of Westchester/Facebook

YONKERS, N.Y. – Two New Castle police officers who saved the life of an elderly man will be among those honored Friday evening in Yonkers.

Kieran Murray and James Dumser and 15 other Westchester law enforcement officers of Irish descent will receive awards from The Police Emerald Society of Westchester at 7 p.m. at the Fairways at Dunwoodie Golf Course.

Murray and Dumser will be given Lifesaving Awards for their role in saving the life of a 72-year-old man in January 2011. The man had stopped breathing and was in full cardiac arrest when the officers responded to his home, said Yonkers Det. Lt. Patrick McCormack, a spokesman for the organization.

With paramedics yet to arrive, the officers started CPR and used an AED to deliver a shock to the victim. They were later credited by a doctor with saving the victims life.

Meanwhile, six officers, five from Yonkers and one from the Town of Greenburgh, will be honored with Meritorious Service Awards, given to officers who perform an act which results in a highly credible police accomplishment, bringing credit upon themselves and their departments.

Included in that group are Yonkers detectives Marvin Oakley and Scott Griffith. In May of 2011 the detectives spoke to a 20-year-old gunshot victim at the scene of the crime. The man later died, but the detectives were able to canvass the area, locate shell casings and develop suspect information.

Their work later led to the arrest of Andrew Barnett, who later pled guilty in West County Court to first-degree manslaughter and was sentenced to 23 years in state prison.

Nine additional officers from four departments and the Westchester County District Attorney’s office will also be presented with a Certificate of Excellent Police Work.

The commendations will come as part of the Emerald Society's bi-annual awards ceremony. Created in 1968, the society is comprised of active and retired law enforcement officers of Irish descent who work or reside in Westchester County. 

The awards to be presented Friday include:



Lifesaving Awards:

  • P.O. Kieran Murray – New Castle
  • P.O. James M. Dumser Jr. – New Castle



Meritorious Service Award:

  • P.O. Sean Drain – Yonkers
  • P.O. William Cave – Yonkers
  • P.O. Thomas Marello – Yonkers
  • P.O. Brian Mathews – Greenburgh
  • Detective Marvin Oakley – Yonkers
  • Detective Scott Griffith – Yonkers



Certificate of Excellent Police Work:

  • P.O. Phil Wanderman – Yonkers
  • P.O. John Hynes – Pelham
  • P.O. Jason Carr – City of Yonkers
  • P.O. Daniel O'Malley – Town of Greenburgh
  • P.O. Daniel M. McMahon – White Plains
  • Detectve Dennis Hanrahan – Yonkers
  • Detective John Mallon – Yonkers
  • P.O. Sean Fogarty – Yonkers
  • Investigator George M. Whalen – Westchester County District Attorney’s Office

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