Today, the Putnam County Sheriff’s Office and Correctional Facility held an Award Presentation. Three of our bravest were honored and two others sworn into the promoted position of Sergeant.
It is no secret that two of our own were injured in the line of duty within the last year. We are beyond grateful that both of them, Ryan McMahon and Benjamin Levine, were present with smiles on their faces and their families at hand to receive their awards. Deputy Kevin Osika, who has been feted before for his heroism, was again honored. Their awards are as follows:
New York State Senate Liberty Award and Proclamation presented by honored guest Senator Pete Harckham to Deputy Kevin Osika and Deputy Benjamin Levine for their life saving measures in two separate suicidal situations. Well done. The National Sheriff’s Association Medal of valor was presented by Captain Harry Tompkins and Captain Jon Jennings to Deputy Osika, Deputy Levine and Investigator McMahon. The Medal of Valor is given for an act of outstanding personal bravery, intelligently performed, in the line of duty at eminent personal hazard of life.
The National Sheriff’s Association Purple Heart was presented by Sheriff Langley and Undersheriff Kevin Cheverko to Investigator McMahon and Deputy Levine. The Purple Heart is given for having sustained personal injury in the intelligent performance of duty, inflicted by an assailant with a dangerous and deadly weapon. Today was also the first time anyone has received a Purple Heart at the Putnam County Sheriff’s Office. Now there are two.
Sheriff Langley also swore in Matthew Boscia (who was pinned with his new badge by his father, retired Undersheriff Paul Boscia) and Michael Sutherland as new Sergeants for the Department. We wish them continued prosperity in their positions and thank them for their dedication and service to Putnam County.
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