The Chief
June 28, 2002

“Finest” Honor Their Own

The Chief-Leader/Eric Weiss
The Patrolmen's Benevolent Association June 19 honored 35 Police Officers, one Sergeant and one Detective for valor, resourcefulness and compassion. Among those cited given 'The Finest of the Finest' awards were four cops assigned to the 79th Precinct in Brooklyn for confronting a man with a gun and, after he fired upon them, pursuing, wounding and arresting him. From left to right are PBA Acting Brooklyn North Trustee Thomas Delorenzo; union Treasurer Joe Alejandro; 79th Precinct Police Officers Richard Pignatelli, James Halleran and Edward Deighan; PBA President Pat Lynch; 79th Precinct Sgt. William Danchak; Brooklyn North Financial Secretary John Giangrasso, and the union's first vice president, John Puglissi.