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Born and bred in Brooklyn, the police officers who make up the anti−crime team at the 68th Precinct were among those honored by a local organization for their efforts on behalf of the community.

The Bay Ridge Community Council (BRCC) saluted the four −− Sergeant Christopher McGibbon, P.O. Colleen Canavan, P.O. Joseph Augello and P.O. John Papio −− as well as Auxiliary Sergeant George Chaloub and Captain Michael Cuccurullo of the FDNY during its April meeting, which was held in the community room at Shore Hill, 9000 Shore Road.

The 68th Precinct’s anti−crime team has made some key arrests, said Deputy Inspector Eric Rodriguez. For one, he told the group, the team had caught the perpetrator of a stranger rape, who also had been responsible for burglaries in the precinct, by doing “intensive investigative work and put(ting) the whole thing together.”

In addition, Rodriguez said, the team had identified the individual who had done upwards of 50 burglaries in the precinct over a three−month period. “They did investigative work and caught the guy,” he said.

Individually, the members of the team also have praiseworthy records. McGibbon, who has been a member of the NYPD for more than a decade, “has been actively involved in hundreds of arrests,” said Louise Hidar, co−chair of BRCC’s Police and Fire Committee, which organizes the annual awards ceremony.

“Using his knowledge that he has obtained through the years and through his steadfast dedication, he has led his anti−crime team through many challenging situations,” she added.

Papio, who began his career with the 68th Precinct in 2003, “has made 111 arrests, 30 of which were felonies,” Hidar said. Augello, she added, “has made 103 felony arrests and 225 misdemeanor arrests.” Canavan, with the NYPD since 2006, became a part of the anticrime unit last year. “Since she has been with the unit,” Hidar reported, “she has been involved in executing numerous search warrants and many major arrests.”

Chaloub, for his part, has served 13 years as an auxiliary officer and, said Hidar, “Has volunteered thousands of hours helping the 68th Precinct on various activities, and helping to make our community a better and safer place.”

Cuccurullo, a member of Ladder Company 149 at the Castle on the Hill firehouse, was singled out because of his bravery in helping to rescue an unconscious man from an apartment fire.

Cuccurullo, Hidar told the group, had crawled through rooms in which fire was blazing. Hearing a moan, he followed the sound and located the victim. “Due to the expanding fire and intense heat, Captain Cuccurullo was forced to stay in a crawling position and drag the victim from the fire apartment. Captain Cuccurullo conducted his search and rescue under adverse conditions without any regard for his own safety and well−bei­ng.”

Updated 11:48 am, January 16, 2019
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