Officer of the year announced
Camillus Police Department honors one of its own
By Kimberly A. Michalak
Deputy James E. Nightingale is the 2006 Officer of the Year at the Camillus Police Department.
Nightingale joined the department in 2002. Before joining the Camillus department, Nightingale worked with the Onondaga County Sheriff's Office for two years.
"Nightingale was a great candidate for the award, because he is the best trainer for use of force, firearm classes. He's very willing to help new officers and is very knowledgeable," said Police Chief Thomas Winn. "He's got that temperament and personality that make people receptive to what he has to offer."
"It was a real honor to receive this award," Nightingale said. "I was surprised, but I don't do the job for awards. There isn't a day that goes by that we don't all deserve the award. It can be a thankless job sometimes, because very often people are not happy to see you."
As part of being named officer of the year, Nightingale and his family will drive the lead car in the Memorial Day parade.
"I have a wife and two children who are very excited about riding in the parade, especially my son who loves the lights and the sirens," Nightingale said.
For the first time, the department also awarded an Onondaga County sheriff's deputy a certificate as a sign of its appreciation for his cooperation.
Deputy Vincent Ferrara was named the year's outstanding performer for his willingness to work with the Camillus Police Department on several cases.