2018 Law Day Observance & Criminal Justice Award Recipients Announced
Written by WBTA STAFF on April 27, 2018
The Kiwanis Club of Batavia, Genesee County Bar Association, and the Genesee County Magistrates & Court Clerks Association Announce the Recipients of the 2018 Law Day Observance & Criminal Justice Awards
Kiwanis Club President Matt Landers and Genesee County Bar Association President Peter Casey announced the awards during an annual dinner held at Batavia Country Club on Thursday, April 26, 2018. The speaker at the dinner was the Honorable John Curran, Supreme Court Justice of the Appellate Division, Fourth Department.
Kiwanis Criminal Justice Award
The Kiwanis Club of Batavia Criminal Justice Award is presented to a member or members of the community, law enforcement, or a criminal justice agency serving the citizens of Genesee County whose exceptional career achievements and conscientiousness to citizenship have demonstrated a spirit of selfless public service or demonstrated an act of exceptional valor or heroism.
The 2018 Award Recipients are:
Sergeant Bradley D. Mazur, Genesee County Sheriff’s Office
Sergeant Mazur started his career with the Genesee County Sheriff’s Office on January 31, 1999, as a Deputy Sheriff assigned to the Road Patrol. As a Sergeant, Brad’s primary assignment is to supervise the counties local drug task force. In Brad’s first year supervising the Task Force, they investigated a record number of cases since the Task Force was formed in 1989, for the sale and distribution of illegal drugs within Genesee County. These tireless investigations resulted in several arrests against those who use and sell drugs on the streets and neighborhoods of Genesee County. Brad, with his work in the Task Force, has proven to be a valuable source of information that assists in the apprehension and conviction of individuals involved in other felony crimes within Genesee County to include attempted murder, robbery, burglary, and assaults. Brad was also a Field Training Officer (FTO) in the Sheriff’s Office, which is a valuable position that helps train our newest Deputies as they are coming out of the academy and learning how to handle calls for service. Many officers look to Brad for guidance when dealing with difficult cases, especially when the cases involve drugs. With Sergeant Mazur’s guidance, the Drug Task Force is already looking to have another banner year. In 2002, Sergeant Mazur received the “Officer of the Year” Award and has received two Commendation Awards. Sergeant Mazur is most deserving of this award and recognition for his dedication and hard work towards protecting the citizens in Genesee County as a Genesee County Sheriff’s Deputy. Sergeant Mazur was nominated for this award by Sheriff William A. Sheron, Jr.
Sergeant Daniel J. Coffey, Batavia Police Department
Sergeant Coffey has been instrumental in creating quality law enforcement training for the City of Batavia Police Department and other agencies in the County. Dan is a general topics instructor, firearms instructor, taser instructor and chemical breath test instructor. He has developed or helped develop training protocols throughout the county that have ensured law enforcement officers are trained to the highest standard possible. Dan continues to improve himself as a trainer and police officer regulary attending training symposiums and leadership schools. Not only has Sgt. Coffey been an asset to the City of Batavia as a police officer but he also spends a lot of his “free time” volunteering for the Town of Batavia Fire Department and is an instructor for Genesee County Emergency Management. Dan exemplifies what a public servant is and for that he should be recognized. Sergeant Daniel Coffey was nominated for this award by Chief Shawn Heubusch.
Charles L. Mancuso Mock Trial Award
The “Charles L. Mancuso Award” was presented to the members of the Oakfield Alabama High School Mock Trial Team as winners of the 2018 GLOW (Genesee, Livingston, Orleans, and Wyoming Counties) District Competition in the New York State Bar Association High School Mock Trial Tournament. The award reads “Dedicated to the Memory of an Outstanding Attorney-Citizen”, Mr. Mancuso, a Batavia lawyer, served as coordinator of the local competition until his untimely death 11 years ago. The Oakfield Alabama High School team members honored at the dinner include: Logan Cadieux, Noah Gray, Ryan Manges, Justina Pruski, Aiden Cornelius, John Igoe, Jr., Nick Munger, Alison Woodward, Colin Graham, Dylan Maier, Derek Pruski, Josiah Yantz, Coach Peter Beuler, and Attorney Advisor Melissa Cianfrini. Coordinator of the local Mock Trial Program, Kristie DeFreze, and Genesee County Bar Association President Peter Casey presented the award.