Skaneateles Police Officers honored

Skaneateles Police Chief Lloyd Perkins and Mayor Robert Green honored two police officers at the village meeting Monday.

The first award was given to Eric Sharpe, who was the citation leader for traffic enforcement. Chief Perkins presented him with a silver whistle and the Traffic Enforcement Leader award.

He also mentioned that from 2005 to 2007, traffic enforcement was up 60 percent, a department-wide feat.

"Traffic enforcement makes our community safer," he said.

The second award was presented to Reed Renner by Mayor Green. The mayor read a resolution from the village commending Renner on his quick actions in the accident involving Officer William Marventano last month.

Renner witnessed the accident and was first on the scene, calling for emergency services and caring for Marventano and his wife.

"He immediately took charge and rendered first aid," Green said. "Doctors at Upstate Medical Center confirm that the care (Marventano) received saved his life."

Green presented him with a plaque and the Police Merit of Service Medal.

Perkins also commented on the work of the police department as a whole. In the village of Skaneateles, there were no residential burglaries in 2007 and only two commercial burglaries. Police arrested a man going through lockers at the community center and equipment turned up missing from a construction site. The 50 percent capture rate in burglaries is above the national average, Perkins said.

Perkins and Green also planned on presenting an award to Marventano, but he was unable to make the meeting due to therapy. Perkins said that he spoke with Marventano on Monday and he thanks the entire community for their thoughts and prayers and adding wittingly "and blood."

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