Colonie police honored by county

Colonie's emergency responders nabbed yet another accolade this month, this time on the county level.

In November, Colonie was named the safest municipality in the U.S. with a population of at least 75,000 people, and earlier this month the Emergency Medical Service was one of two places in the country to receive an award from International Association of Fire Chiefs.

On Tuesday, May 11, the Albany County District Attorney's office named the Colonie Police Department the Agency of the Year at a 5K run and fundraiser for the for the Concerns of Police Survivors, or C.O.P.S., organization.

It's a great recognition for a lot of great people, said Colonie Police Department Chief Steve Heider.

Heider said the Police department works with a number of municipal agencies as well as the Albany County District Attorney's office and Colonie is lucky to be in such a strong county for law enforcement.

"We truly do believe we are a coalition," he said. "We are blessed in the Capital District."

Albany County District Attorney David Soares spoke highly of Colonie police, as well as the Albany Police Department's criminal investigations unit, which was also honored at the fundraiser.

"Police Officers are often the unsung heroes of our daily lives. They are on the job 24-hours, seven days a week protecting us as we sleep, work and play. I am committed to protecting those who put their lives on the line to protect us every day, said Soares in a statement.

Soares said the work of C.O.P.S, which helps families of police officers lost in the line of duty, is also noteworthy.

"To honor those who serve, we must never forget the families of police officers who have made the ultimate sacrifice. I have collaborated with Concerns of Police Survivors to help raise money for the families of law enforcement officers killed in the line of duty."

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