Five from UPD honored for bravery, heroism and commitment to public safety
Five members of the Upstate Medical University Police Department have been honored by SUNY for their bravery, heroism and professional commitment to public safety.
“The officers and our contract security team are committed to ensuring the safety of our campus and all who work, volunteer, learn and receive care here,” said University Police Chief Paul Waltz. “This exemplary service recognition is indeed an honor for these individuals and I am grateful for their outstanding work.”
While on duty, University Police Officer Dylan Lyons was alerted to a rash of gunfire at nearby Dablon Court. Upon his investigation, he found one victim with a wound to his left leg and abdomen. Lyons immediately rendered first aid and waited with the victim for EMS to arrive. Lyons then escorted the group to Upstate’s emergency room. EMS said the officer's quick action helped save the victim’s life.
Lyons was introduced to the New York State University Police at Upstate in 2016 as a college intern. Recognized for his work ethic, attention to detail and talent, he was encouraged to test to become a New York State University Police officer, which resulted in his appointment to that position in 2017.
Officer Brian Patterson and Lt. John Stefanko received SUNY honors for their securing of Upstate’s Emergency Department due to multiple shooting victims arriving for treatment from an incident in the city. While standing in front of the entry doors to the Emergency Department, Patterson, a combat war veteran, felt and heard what he knew was potential gunfire. Without hesitation the two officers selflessly put themselves in harm’s way to protect the public, aiding a gunshot victim and others outside the Emergency Department to safety.
Stefanko joined Upstate as a contract security officer in 2006. Recognized for his work ethic, attention to detail and talent, he was encouraged to test to become a New York State University Police Officer that resulted in his appointment to that position in 2009. Having excelled in that position by demonstrating a calm demeanor and strong leadership skills, he was promoted to Lieutenant in 2014. Stefanko’s exceptional service has been recognized with Letters of Commendation and the Meritorious Service Award in 2014.
Patterson began his service also as a contract security officer in 2014. Quickly recognized for his talent and capabilities, he was appointed as a staff assistant in 2016 and University police officer in 2019.
Lt. Michael Jorgensen and Officer David Woodward also were recognized by SUNY for their police work
Jorgensen and Woodward encountered an individual acting suspiciously on Almond Street. In their discussion with the individual, they found he had a loaded gun hanging around his neck. Upon further investigation, they found a BB gun taped to his body and narcotics and needless in his backpack. They were able to get to the Emergency Department for evaluation and create a peaceful resolution to this incident.
Jorgensen being his service with the New York State University Police in 2011. Having excelled in that position, by demonstrating a calm demeanor and strong leadership skills, he was promoted to lieutenant in 2017.
Woodward began his service as a staff assistant in 2017 and was quickly recognized for his talents and capabilities and was appointed to a University Police officer before the end of the year.
The SUNY recognition ceremony was held in November.
Clockwise from top right: Officer Dylan Lyons, Lt. John Stefanko, Officer Brian Patterson, Lt. Michael Jorgensen and Officer David Woodward.