SCHUMER PRESENTS CONGRESSIONAL BADGE OF BRAVERY TO TROY OFFICER JOSHUA COMITALE FOR HIS HEROIC.... Despite Multiple Gunshot Wounds, Officer Comitale Exercised Tremendous Courage to Protect His Community and Fellow Officers Schumer:
PoliticalNews.me - Feb 27,2017 - SCHUMER PRESENTS CONGRESSIONAL BADGE OF BRAVERY TO TROY OFFICER JOSHUA COMITALE FOR HIS HEROIC SERVICE AFTER RISKING HIS LIFE TO STOP A CARJACKING SUSPECT IN LANSINGBURGH SHOOT OUT Despite Multiple Gunshot Wounds, Officer Comitale Exercised Tremendous Courage to Protect His Community and Fellow Officers Schumer: we Honor a Local Hero, Who Earned This Award For His Incredible Bravery
Despite Multiple Gunshot Wounds, Officer Comitale Exercised Tremendous Courage to Protect His Community and Fellow Officers
Schumer: Today we Honor a Local Hero, Who Earned This Award For His Incredible Bravery
Surrounded by dozens of Troy area police office officers, U.S. Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer, today presented Troy Police Officer Joshua Comitale with the Congressional Badge of Bravery. The award honors federal, state, or local law enforcement officers who display exceptional bravery while in the line of duty, these brave acts are often at cost of the officer’s personal safety.
“I am humbled and honored to present the Congressional Badge of Bravery to Officer Comitale for the extraordinary courage he displayed on the night of August 22, 2015. When faced with extreme danger, Officer Comitale’s ability to respond quickly and bravely, saved not only his life, but life of his fellow officers and the lives of those in the community he swore to protect,” said Senator Schumer. “When the stakes were higher than ever Officer Comitale went above and beyond the call of duty to prevent a horrible situation from getting even worse. Officer Comitale’s exceptional training, devotion to duty and heroism commands our utmost respect and deserves our deepest gratitude.”
The official Department of Justice account of the incident reads:
“On August 22, 2015, Officer Joshua Comitale, along with additional officers, responded to a call for an attempted carjacking. Officer Comitale was the closest officer and encountered a suspect who was on foot and matched the description that had been put out. Officer Comitale delayed approaching the suspect until backup officers could respond to the area. Once backup officers arrived in the area, Office Comitale exited his vehicle in order to approach the suspect. It was at this point that the suspect attempted to flee the area on foot.
Officer Chad Klein was one of the initial backup officers to respond, and while still in his vehicle he was shot in his shoulder by the suspect through the driver's side window. Officer Comitale, having witnessed the suspect firing on Officer Klein, he returned fire at the suspect, striking him and causing him to fall. The suspect returned fire and more than 20 rounds were exchanged between the suspect and Officer Comitale. During this exchange of gunfire, Officer Comitale sustained wounds to both legs, which rendered him immobile. The suspect was also struck five times during this exchange, but continued resisting arrest.
Additional responding officers were able to use a TASER to incapacitate the suspect. The suspect ultimately succumbed to his injuries. Officer Comitale was able to apply a tourniquet to his wounded right leg before assistance arrived. Both wounded officers were transported for medical treatment and are recovering from