The Kiwanis Club of Batavia and the Genesee County Bar Association’s 2021 Law and Criminal Justice Day awards ceremony is scheduled for 6:30 p.m. on Wednesday at the Old County Courthouse.
Due to the COVID-19 restrictions in place, the typical annual awards dinner could not take place this year, however, Kiwanis club president Bob Conrad and county bar association president from Genesee, Jake Whiting, will announce the awards at a Zoom presentation. Everyone is welcome to join the Zoom meeting.
Meeting number: 889 1273 7332
Access code: 640375
The following prizes will be awarded:
Kiwanis Criminal Justice Prize
The Kiwanis Club of Batavia Criminal Justice Award is presented to one or more members of the community, law enforcement or criminal justice body serving the citizens of Genesee County whose outstanding professional achievement and concern for citizenship have demonstrated a spirit of altruistic public service or demonstrated exceptional valor or heroism.
The 2021 award recipients are:
Genesee County Sheriff’s Office – Sgt. Andrew B. Hale; MPs David D. Moore, Kyle D. Krzemien, Howard O. Wilson, V., Andrew Z. Mullen, Joshua A. Brabon; Brock D. Cummins; and investigator Christopher A. Parker.
Roy Police Department Sgt. Gregory Kellogg and Officers Jordan Wolcott and Austin Steinbrenner.
On May 27, 2020, at around 8:37 p.m. (8:37 p.m.), what started as a typical traffic stop in Le Roy, turned into a multi-agency chase of a semi-trailer through several counties in speeds of up to 70+ mph. The semi-trailer swerved recklessly in oncoming traffic, endangering innocent drivers; makes several U-turns; attempted to hit patrol vehicles and shot officers repeatedly. Four different patrol vehicles were hit by bullets, one vehicle with at least eight rounds. One of the bullets went through the windshield and hit the rear bulkhead above an assistant’s headrest. Fortunately, the deputy had leaned to his right by this time. The pursuit ended when the tractor-trailer, heading towards the village of Geneseo, was targeted by police and rolled off the road. The driver was pronounced dead at the scene and the reign of terror has ended.
The investigation that followed revealed that the driver was on the FBI’s watch list. Searches of his residence and rental properties revealed instructions for making bombs, improvised explosive devices, multiple weapons and large quantities of ammunition. These findings, along with his social media posts, revealed that he was an anti-police extremist and anticipated violence on a larger scale.
The chase that night lasted about an hour and 15 minutes. The number of lives at risk is incalculable. Patrols from several jurisdictions put themselves in danger to protect the public throughout the duration of the incident. They cleared roads and intersections as their patrol cars were at risk of being struck by the semi-trailer and in the line of fire as the driver fired at them. They have coordinated across jurisdictional lines to eliminate a threat to the public, not only for that night, but certainly for once in the future.
These officers were nominated for this award by Sheriff William A. Sheron Jr. and Le Roy Police Chief Gregory Kellogg.
Jason Davis, retired city of Batavia policeman
Police Constable Jason Davis has served in a number of ministry positions over his nearly 22 years of community service. He has served as an officer in charge, instructor, field training officer and a member of the emergency response team, to name a few. Officer Davis served as the department’s de-escalation instructor and most recently was posted as the School Resources Officer at the Batavia City School District, where he immediately made an impact on the lives of students and staff. of the district. He has been successful in defusing incidents with students, serving as a role model and mentor to many, and has been an invaluable resource for staff. Throughout his career, Constable Davis has discharged all of his duties with professionalism and pride in the uniform he wears and the service he represents.
Constable Davis was nominated for this award by the City of Batavia Police Chief Shawn Heubusch.
Village of Le Roy Retired Chief of Police Christopher Hayward
Retired Police Chief Christopher Hayward has served the village of Le Roy since he was a teenager. He began his career as an officer and rose to the position of Chief of Police through years of dedication, commitment and compassion to all members of the community. Chris has been instrumental in consolidating local village and town courts, seeking to provide efficient and effective court operations. He is a man of great integrity and has built many relationships with community members of all ages. He supported and worked hard to partner with the county’s shared E-9-1-1 emergency services dispatch center.
Chief Hayward was nominated for this award by Genesee County Legislator (District # 5, Le Roy) Rochelle Stein.
Charles L. Mancuso Award for Mock Trial
The “Charles L. Mancuso Prize” was presented to members of the Alexander High School Mock Trial team as the 2021 GLOW District Contest winners (Genesee, Livingston, Orleans and Wyoming counties) as part of the New York State Bar Association high school simulation. Trial tournament. The award reads âDedicated to the memory of an outstanding citizen lawyer,â Mr Mancuso, a lawyer from Batavia, was the coordinator of the local competition until his untimely death 14 years ago.
The honored Alexander High School team members are: Erin Hess, Annie Slenker, Shawn Calmes, Katarina Luker, Imogene Plitt, Dana Morelli, Olivia Burkhardt, Holly Bykowski, Maia Saile and teacher coach Johnny Lucas. Local mock trial program coordinator Kristie DeFreze presented the award.
Genesee County Bar Association Special Honors
The Genesee County Bar Association honors the lives of two longtime lawyers who died in 2020.
Theron “Ted” Howard passed away on June 11, 2020, having practiced law in Genesee County since 1978. Ted has spent most of his legal career in his own private practice, but has also held several public positions. Ted worked as an assistant district attorney, served the City of Pavilion as a municipal judge and city supervisor, and prosecuted traffic cases in the cities of Pavilion and Batavia. Ted has also volunteered in the community – on the Pavilion School Board, the Le Roy Historical Society Board, and the Genesee Community College Foundation Board.
David Saleh passed away on October 29, 2020. Dave spent many years in private practice before becoming General Counsel with Enlighten. Dave is a past president of the Genesee County Bar Association and has served as a delegate to the State Judicial Nomination Committee for over 35 years. In the year before his death, Dave served as a part-time judge at the Batavia Municipal Court. Beyond his professional efforts, Dave has dedicated his time and energy to his community – in his church, as a volunteer firefighter, a member of the Lions Club and a member of the board of directors of the Corfu Free Library and the Foundation. from St. Jerome Hospital.