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September 23, 2018

SUNY Police Chiefs Association Honors 3 Officers Based at SUNY Oswego


OSWEGO — The State University of New York Police Chiefs Association recently honored three officers of University Police at SUNY Oswego for taking actions that saved lives.

Officers Thomas Woodruff (left) and Thomas Marrone of University Police at SUNY Oswego accept Life Saving Awards -- Woodruff on his and Officer Kelly Thompson's behalf -- at the SUNY Police Chiefs Association award ceremony on Nov. 14 in Saratoga Springs.

Officers Thomas Woodruff (left) and Thomas Marrone of University Police at SUNY Oswego accept Life Saving Awards — Woodruff on his and Officer Kelly Thompson’s behalf — at the SUNY Police Chiefs Association award ceremony on Nov. 14 in Saratoga Springs.

In a ceremony at its fall conference Nov. 14 in Saratoga Springs, the association presented Life Saving Awards to officers Thomas Marrone, Kelly Thompson and Thomas Woodruff.

Officer Marrone was recognized for saving the life of a man last May.

While assisting the city of Oswego’s police on another matter, Marrone was alerted that a man was attempting to commit suicide by jumping off the Bridge Street Bridge into the Oswego River.

Marrone risked his own life pulling the man to safety as the man stood on the outside of the protective railing preparing to jump.

Officers Thompson and Woodruff were recognized for saving the life of a SUNY Oswego student last fall who had collapsed and was found unresponsive and not breathing on the west side of campus.

“I commend officers Thompson, Woodruff and Marrone for their quick thinking and professional response to these incidents,” said John Rossi, chief of University Police at SUNY Oswego. “Because of their actions, we have two people alive today that surely would have met with tragic consequences. Their actions reflect greatly on their character, and that of all State University Police officers system-wide.”

A total of 15 officers from four SUNY police departments received Life Saving Awards.

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