DOWNTOWN BROOKLYN — Kings County District Attorney Charles Hynes honored 21 of Brooklyn's Finest at the Annual Law Enforcement Appreciation Breakfast at Brooklyn Law School Wednesday morning, including fallen 75th Precinct Detective Peter Figoski, who died in the line of duty in December.
"Today we honor 21 very special people," Hynes told the mostly uniformed audience. "They are typical of the law enforcement and public safety officers who serve this city so selflessly."
Officers were feted for acts of heroism, from Officer Jean Sigue and Squad Detective Carey Juste whoe organized relief efforts in Haiti after the devastating 2010 earthquake to Sgt. Michael Miller of Bed-Stuy's 81st Precinct, who broke his ring finger when he jammed it between the hammer and cylinder of a suspect's gun.
Lt. Jordan Brofsky and Officers Sean Feliciano and Richard Vargas from Coney Island's 60th Precinct were celebrated for a movie-worthy arrest, in which they dodged bullets to chase down down four career criminals. Supervising Probation Officer Arlene Smith got a nod for her tireless community work.
A standing ovation erupted when Hynes acknowledged Figoski, a career-long member of East New York's 75th Precinct, who was shot to death in December 2011.
"I'm just thrilled to be here today — there's some phenomenal stories we heard," said Assistant Chief Thomas Chan, who was attending his first ceremony as Brooklyn South Commander. "These officers go out day in and day out. They don't look for glory. My hat's off to them."
Others honorees included Court Officer Robert Keane, Fire Marshal Mark Thompson, Bridge and Tunnel Authority Officer Anthony Presley, Deputy Police Chief Gerald Diekmann, District Attorney's Community Aide Juan Vallejo, Officers Julius Hudson, William Coopre, Donnell Graves, Anthony Isaac, Francis Ainoo and Jeremy Catania of the 84th precinct, and Officer Ydreesah Bey of Transit District 32.