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Alumni Highlights: Alumnus cited for valor

Mark Cole ’96 (criminal justice) was awarded the Livingston County (N.Y.) Sheriff’s Department Medal of Valor and the Correction Officer of the Year award by the New York State Sheriff’s Association. This award is given to an officer who “has exhibited an exceptional dedication and commitment to the professional fulfillment of the difficult and important duties of the Sheriff’s Office in operating the county jails.”

Deputy Sheriff Cole, who has worked for the department since 1995, was at work on Feb. 4, 2001, when a fire broke out in the laundry area of the jail. After attempting to extinguish the fire, Cole and his coworkers evacuated the building, secured the 74 inmates and helped contain the fire. Although the facility was extensively damaged, there were no injuries. Cole and his co-workers shared the award.

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