Public Safety Recognizes Columbians Dedicated to Protecting our Campuses

The Columbia University Facilities Department of Public Safety recognized various members of their staff for outstanding dedication and commitment to protecting Columbia's campuses at their annual Promotion, Awards & Recognition Ceremony on February 25, 2009 in Low Library.

Director of Investigations and Technology Projects Ken Finnegan served as the Master of Ceremonies for the event, during which Public Safety staff members received promotions and awards for perfect attendance and outstanding service.

Highlights included the presentation of the Ricardo Morales Crime Prevention Award to Patrol Captain Delano Steele for his ability to encourage student participation in crime prevention, and the recognition of Senior Administrative Coordinator Mary Dooley for her 25 years of service to the University. Nearly 30 perfect attendance awards were also given out, with special mention to Security Officers Michael Layne and Wilmer Martinez, both of whom have maintained perfect attendance streaks for eight consecutive years. Honorees also included Joyce Jackson, University Resident Halls' executive director; Cristen S. Scully Kromm, Student Affairs' assistant dean of community development/director of residential programs; and Jose Pagan, Facilities Campus Operations' groundskeeper B for their outstanding service.

During a somber moment in the ceremony, the family of Garry Germain, a Columbia security officer who was killed in line of duty 20 years ago, received a plaque in memory of Garry's sacrifice for the University.

"Garry Germain's ultimate sacrifice reminds us everyday that public safety is inherently dangerous," said Vice President of Public Safety Jim McShane. "That's why I feel especially privileged to be here today, to Public Safety News help honor all of you, the men and women who keep our campus and neighborhood one of the safest in the city."