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Guardians of the Ridge • Brooklyn Paper

Guardians of the Ridge

Top cop: The Bay Ridge Community Council honored 68th Precinct Auxiliary police Officer Erion Vincani for his work patrolling the community.
Photo by Arthur De Gaeta

Meet Bay Ridge’s greatest defenders!

The men who protect the neighborhood from fire, petty crime, health crises — and, last year, a serial killer — were honored April 23 by the Bay Ridge Community Council, a 62-year-old coalition of more than 100 civic groups.

Sergeant Christopher McGibbon received a plaque from the group after Richard DiBlasio, captain of the 68th Police Precinct, singled him out for his role in apprehending Sal “Son of Sal” Perrone. Perrone is on trial for a killing spree that claimed the lives of three Brooklyn shopkeepers — including Mohammed Gebeli, owner of Valentino Fashion on Fifth Avenue.

The Council also honored Fire Department Lieutenant Paul Medordi, and smoke-eaters Christopher Serra, Matthew Monohan, Matthew Carrol and Mark Rodriguez — all of Engine 241 on Third Avenue — for quickly reviving a woman found not breathing and without a pulse in her home in February.

Erion Vincani, a 68th Precinct Auxiliary Officer, also received an award. Since signing up last April, Vincani has volunteered more than 1,000 hours to keep the peace at various events in Bay Ridge and Dyker Heights.

Ted General, who sits on the Council’s Board of Directors, said each of the men acknowledged was deeply deserving of praise.

“They’re very dedicated in their jobs and their volunteer efforts to make sure the community is safe and secure,” General said. “And we’re proud to have them as honorees because they represent the best of the best.”

Reach reporter Will Bredderman at wbredderman@cnglocal.com or by calling (718) 260-4507. Follow him attwitter.com/WillBredderman.

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