2018-06-06 / Features

114th Precinct Fellowship Breakfast; Cop Of The Year

BY RICHARD GENTILVISO


Assistant Chief Juanita N. Holmes, Commanding Officer of Patrol Borough Queens North represented NYPD Commissioner James O’Neill. Assistant Chief Juanita N. Holmes, Commanding Officer of Patrol Borough Queens North represented NYPD Commissioner James O’Neill. Rabbi Jonathan Pearl of the Astoria Center of Israel posed a question: How can we give thanks for at least 100 blessings every day? Observing how easy it is to overlook or take our blessings for granted, he offered thanks for the blessings of our police and community at the annual 114th Precinct Fellowship Breakfast.

“(This is) a wonderful event (and) truly a blessing,” said Assistant Chief Juanita N. Holmes, Commanding Officer of Patrol Borough Queens North.

Representing NYPD Commissioner James O’Neill, Chief Holmes noted record-breaking drops in crime and said, “That didn’t happen by accident,” crediting the men and women of the NYPD and 114th precinct, as well as the community for its support.

Hosted by the 114th Precinct Community Council on May 30 at Riccardo’s in Astoria, Congress Member Carolyn Maloney and Chief Holmes were guest speakers and Commanding Officer Deputy Inspector Osvaldo Nunez announced Police Officer Richard Gili the 2017 Cop of the Year.


Commanding Officer Deputy Inspector Osvaldo Nunez announced Police Officer Richard Gili the 2017 Cop of the Year. Commanding Officer Deputy Inspector Osvaldo Nunez announced Police Officer Richard Gili the 2017 Cop of the Year. “He’s a baby,” said Inspector Nunez referring to Officer Gili’s graduation from the Police Academy on July 9, 2013 and initial assignment at PSA 5 in Manhattan. Gili, whose father was also an NYPD officer at the 114th, arrived at the precinct in March 2016.

“He quickly demonstrated a work ethic and leadership,” said Nunez. “In the span of nine months, (Gili) had 41 arrests, many including violent offenders.” As a result, Gili was assigned to the Anti-Crime Unit focusing on violent and dangerous criminals.

It was on the Anti-Crime Unit, a unit Nunez described as “an invaluable asset to a precinct commander,” that P.O. Gili removed three firearms on separate occasions from violent offenders; one subsequently linked to a murder, the second connected to a shooting in the Ravenswood Houses, and the third to a domestic violence incident.

“All three (arrests) were made without firing a shot from his gun,” said Nunez. In total, Gili had 18 arrests in 2017. “His hard work and dedication have made Astoria a safer place for everyone,” Nunez said, adding, “For these reasons Officer Richard Gili is the 2017 Cop of the Year.”

Council President Ann Bruno presented the award.

“Without my team I would not be here today,” said Officer Gili. “Thanks to you guys for being there for me,” he said, also thanking his family, Inspector Nunez, Lt. Morales, Sgt. Dima and his first commander at the 114th Deputy Inspector Peter Fortune.

Maloney related how when she had asked Gili why he was honored, after telling her of his actions, he said, “There are too many guns on the street.”

“I join with you to work for commonsense gun safety legislation,” she said, adding, “You are the best police department in the entire world.”

Ann Bruno, beginning her 29th year as President of the Community Council, celebrated her 90th birthday and Inspector Nunez, the 15th commander she has presided with, brought out a cake. Earlier, Chief Holmes led a chorus of “Happy Birthday.”

“I’m just so happy to be here,” said Bruno. “I thank you all. Thank you for your support—all the time,” she said, acknowledging 114th alumni Sgt. Dwayne Palmer, Det. Eddie Negron, and former commanders, Inspectors Kevin Maloney and Peter Fortune.

Nunez, at his first Fellowship Breakfast, said, “This is a very special place.”

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