The Twenty-fifth Annual Theodore Roosevelt Association® Police Awards ceremony took place on Thursday, June 13, 2019, at the Sagamore Hill National Historic Site.
The Awards Ceremony was presented by the Theodore Roosevelt Association and The Friends of Sagamore Hill.
This year, Nassau County Det. Sgt. Craig Croly and Suffolk County Police Officer Vincent Pelliccio were honored for overcoming serious illnesses, returning to the job and continuing to provide outstanding service. Their stories are told in much more detail in the Program for this year's ceremony, which can be downloaded below.
Photographs from the ceremony, taken by photographer Doris Ryan, Nassau County Police Dept. Photo Unit, can be viewed below.
Photo on the left, from L to R: Nassau Police Commissioner Patrick Ryder, Det. Sgt. Craig Croly, Police Officer Vincent Pelliccio, Suffolk Police Commissioner Geraldine Hart.
Photo on the right, from L to R: Nassau Police Commissioner Patrick Ryder, Det. Sgt. Craig Croly, Police Officer Vincent Pelliccio, Suffolk Police Commissioner Geraldine Hart, Tweed Roosevelt, CEO of the TRA and TR's great-grandson.
The Theodore Roosevelt Association® Police Award is given each year to police officers who have overcome a major physical challenge or handicap, (as Theodore Roosevelt triumphed over the illness of his youth), who remain on active duty, and who have rendered outstanding and praiseworthy service to their respective police departments, continuing the example Theodore Roosevelt set in his years as Superintendent of the Board of Police Commissioners of New York City, 1895-1897.
Officers are chosen for this award by their respective police departments each June and honored at a ceremony held on the grounds of Sagamore Hill National Historic Site, Oyster Bay, New York.
The TRA Police Award consists of a silver medal on a ribbon, designed by renowned contemporary sculptor Marc Mellon. Most recently, the Presidential Inaugural Committee chose Mr. Mellon's design for the obverse of the Official Barack Obama Inaugural Medal.
The award includes a small red, white and blue commendation bar for everyday wear, a bust of TR by the noted sculptor Gleb Derujunski, and a check for $1,000.