May 30, 2024

Mayor Adams Honors Three Officers Injured on New Years Eve With NYPD

The officers, Paul Cozzolino, Michael Hanna, and Louis Iorio, were on patrol when they were attacked by a 19-year-old man.
The officers, Paul Cozzolino, Michael Hanna, and Louis Iorio, were on patrol when they were attacked by a 19-year-old man.

On Friday, April 5th, New York City Mayor Eric Adams honored three police officers who were injured during a machete attack on New Year’s Eve in Times Square. The officers, Paul Cozzolino, Michael Hanna, and Louis Iorio, were on patrol when they were attacked by a 19-year-old man. Cozzolino was struck in the head by the machete, and Hanna ultimately subdued the attacker.

Deputy Mayor Phillip Banks III, Public Safety, introduced the ceremony, which included NYPD Commissioner Keechant Sewell, the NYPD’s first deputy commissioner, Eddie Caban, and the Chief of Patrol John Chell. The three officers were awarded proclamations in recognition of their bravery and service.

During the ceremony, Deputy Mayor Banks praised the officers’ response to the life-threatening situation, describing it as fantastic and a testament to their training, professionalism, and courage. He noted that the job of a police officer is challenging, even under the best of circumstances, and it is especially difficult when tasked with protecting hundreds of thousands of celebrators during events like New Year’s Eve.

Mayor Adams echoed Deputy Mayor Banks’ sentiments, thanking the officers for their dedication and commitment to protecting the people of New York. He highlighted the officers’ courage in putting themselves in harm’s way to protect others, and their continued service to the city even after surviving the threat. He noted that the officers’ actions were representative of what it means to be a member of New York City’s Finest.

Police Commissioner Sewell also praised the officers, noting that their determination and dedication to keeping New Yorkers safe is why they are back on duty. She thanked them for their exceptional work and welcomed them back home.

All three officers have since returned to duty and continue to serve and protect the city they love. The ceremony was a symbol of recognition for not only these officers but also for the entire NYPD. It was a reminder of the bravery and professionalism of each one of these officers, whether they were veteran officers or just starting their careers. The safety of New York City is in good hands with officers like Cozzolino, Hanna, and Iorio protecting the city and its citizens.

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