PBA and Tamarac Schools present the 1st Annual Deputy Frank J. O'Brien Memorial Volleyball Tournament
The PBA held the first annual Frank J O'Brien Memorial Volleyball tournament at the Tamarac Schools on April 30, 2008. We would like to thank everyone that came together to make this event very memorable. We hope to continue this tradition and look forward to every opportunity we get to work with the community and to also continue the scholarship fundraising for High School seniors in Rensselaer County.
(Inset) Mikey and Joanne O'Brien join the RCSD PBA, County Executive Kathy Jimino, and Sheriff Mahar for a photo with the championship trophy.
Aquafina Pitch Hit and Run Competition in East Greenbush
The PBA would like to thank all those who participated and volunteered to make this years innaugural Pitch Hit and Run in East Greenbush a wonderful success. We look forward to building from this years starting point, and hope that the event can become bigger and better each year.
Special Congratulations to the overall winner, KYLE HALL.
PBA presents Robyn Gibson with donation for Leukemia and Lymphoma Society
The PBA was proud to present Robyn Gibson of Sand Lake with a check for $400. Robyn is competing in a marathon in Florida soon and is raising money for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. Robyn’s mother was diagnosed with Breast Cancer in November of 2006, and Robyn has joined this “team” in an effort to raise money and awareness for the cause.
PBA teams up with 104.9 The Edge to help the North Eastern New York Regional Food Bank
Members of the PBA were present at the Brunswick Price Chopper on Hoosick Road recently to present Darwin and Cat of 104.9 THE EDGE and NENY Regional Food Bank with a check for $500. The Food Bank will be able to provide upwards of $5000 worth of food this holiday season to help feed those who rely on their service. It is our hope to make this holiday season a better one for those who need it most in Rensselaer County.
Deputies Complete EMT Certification
Deputies recently attended an intensive two week EMT school. They were required to complete more than 135 hours of classroom and field instruction. During the class deputies were required to ride with the men and women of the Troy Fire Department and responded to numerous EMS calls as part of their training. Deputies learned how to respond to and treat life threatening emergencies such as cardiac/respiratory problems, diabetic, seizure and trauma emergencies. Soon you will see the men and women of the Highway Patrol responding to EMS calls as a means to a rapid first response program to assist the citizens of Rensselaer County until an ambulance arrives.
RCDS PBA Award Scholorships
Rensselaer County Deputy Sheriffs' PBA recently awarded scholarships
to 7 graduating high school seniors at the Public Safety Building
in Troy. A brief ceremony was followed by the distribution of
the awards of $500 to each student. We wish to congratulate the
class of 2007 and remind everyone that we will be offering 10
scholarships to the class of 2008. The amounts of these awards
are yet to be determined but will be at least $500 each. Please
check our site often as we will announce the application dates
on the website. In closing, we are only able to offer the scholarships
to students because of the donations that we receive as a charity.
In order to make a donation in which 100% will go to the PBA click
on the donations page.
Deputies Make Large Scale Drug Bust
recently made a large scale drug bust which netted more that 10
oz of cocaine, a scale, cutting agents and packing materials.
The cocaine had an estimated street value of over $27,000. 28
year old Brad Bova was arrested and charged with criminal possession
of a controlled substance and criminal possession of a controlled
substance with intent to sell. As you can see this was a large
amount of a dangerous drug that was taken off the streets. Bova
was arraigned and remanded to the Rensselaer County Jail with
Deputies teach when to call 911
attending the first grade at Genet Elementary School in East Greenbush
were given a lesson by Sheriff's Office deputies recently on when
and how to call 911. Children were given coloring books to follow
with and treated to a tour of the deputies cars and a surprise
visit from K9 Cyrus. The children were very excited to learn about
911 asking a variety of questions about police work and emergencies.
Deputies Russo, Castle and Rabbitt were excited to participate.
Deputies take part in numerous Little League parades.
Deputies took part in a number of parades throughout the County
ushering in the start of the Little League season. The PBA has
donated to several leagues this year and is looking forward to
extending our donations to other leagues next season. Here we
take part on opening day for the Brunswick Little League.
Deputy Sandy Blodgett and K9 Bleau make a large narcotics
Blodgett and K9 Bleau recently arrested William J Gallagher of
25 Seneca St in the Town of Brunswick. While on routine patrol
at the Amtrak train Station Gallagher came to the attention of
Deputy Blodgett and was caught with 3 pounds of psilocybin mushrooms
before he tried to board a train to Buffalo. Following the arrest
authorities including the Sheriff's Office were able to obtain
a search warrant for Gallagher's house which led to a larger discovery
of narcotics and a substantial drug operation. Other drugs found
were marihuana, hallucinogenic mushrooms, ephedrine, LSD, hashish
and ketamine. Gallagher was arraigned in Rensselaer City court
and sent to the Rensselaer County jail without bail.
Deputy Bill Rabbitt and K9 Cyrus track a robbery suspect.
Bill Rabbitt and K9 Cyrus were called out in the early morning
of January to help the Mechanicville Police track a robbery
suspect. Deputy Rabbitt responded to the Cumberland Farms in Mechanicville
which had just been robbed by a suspect wearing a blue ski mask
and brandishing a large knife. The suspect fled on foot and it
was there that K9 Cyrus began to track the suspect. The track
led throughout the city and Cyrus first led police to the suspect's
discarded ski mask, and eventually right to the suspect's house.
This led to the arrest of Michael Ellsworth of 35 S Main St in
Mechanicville. He was arraigned and remanded to the Saratoga County
jail on 25,000 cash bail.
Deputies carry AED's for use in sudden cardiac arrest.
The members of the Rensselaer County Deputy Sheriff's PBA are
assigned a Cardiac Science Powerheart AED while out on patrol.
Along with the AED the deputies receive annual training in the
use of an AED and in CPR. This allows deputies to respond directly
to an emergency while on patrol and deliver potential life-saving
care in the event it is needed.
Sudden cardiac arrest is the leading cause of death in the United
States, responsible for over 50 deaths every hour. That is more
than the combined deaths from homicide, suicide, drug abuse, and
automobile collisions. Since law enforcement has the potential
to be first on the scene, it is critical that law enforcement
be equipped with this life-saving technology to bridge the time
gap between collapse and the arrival of EMS.