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Cops earn awards in East Flatbush

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The streets of East Flatbush saw some fine police work this summer, and several of New York’s finest from the 67th Precinct were awarded “Cop of the Month” certificates as a result.

All the awards were doled out at the precinct’s September Community Council meeting.

The first award went to Officer Martin Giovinazz, who at about 4 a.m. May 16 responded to a call of a shooting with a description of a vehicle from which the shots may have been fired.

Upon arriving on the scene at around Church Avenue and East 43rd Street, Giovinazz saw the auto fitting the description and made the stop. After approaching the car, he saw a handgun in it and immediately called for backup. Ultimately, three occupants of the vehicle were arrested and two guns were found.

Police officer Timothy O’Brien received the June “Cop of the Month” award after responding to a call on June 11 of a three-month old baby reported unconscious. Upon respondingto the scene, the baby’s mother said the infant had choked on formula.

O’Brien waited for the EMS vehicle to arrive and by the time it did, he noticed the baby was going into cardiac arrest. As O’Brien had training in CPR, he took over from the EMS workers on the drive to Kings County Hospital, and by the time the ambulance arrived at the hospital, the baby had regained a pulse and life function.

The baby was released from the hospital after 36 hours and is reported to be doing fine.

June awards also went to anti-crime Police Officers Zahid Mehod and Frederick Daughtry, who responded to a robbery in progress on June 26 at Special Moments Daycare, 711 East 52nd Street.

Upon arriving at the scene, Mehod and Daughtry made one arrest of a perpetrator that was upstairs in the area where kids were having a nap time. They then went to the basement where they arrested a second suspect holding a woman hostage, and after a shootout were able to apprehend a third suspect.

The next day, police also arrested the day care center owners after recovering 10 pounds of marijuana and $103,000 of alleged drug proceeds.

The last “Cop of the Month” award went to Officer Garrio Coicou, who at about 4:20 a.m., Aug. 20 observed a person talking on a cell phone while operating a motor vehicle near the corner of Synder and Nostrand avenues.

He also noticed the driver fit the description of a known dangerous felon, and after making the car stop, found the driver had a suspended license and made the arrest.

Upon taking the suspect into the precinct house, Coicou contacted a police intelligence officer, who after questioning the suspect, took him to a location and was able to take two guns off the street.

All these officers showed immense bravery and were able to act quickly and successfully, said 67th Precinct commanding officer Dep. Inspector Corey Pegues.

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