October 6, 2016
Albany, NY

Governor Cuomo Announces State Police Letters of Commendation for Troopers Who Discovered Improvised Explosive Device Following Chelsea Bombing

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Sergeant Timothy M. Sikorski and Sergeant Jason F. Delos-Santos Now Eligible For Brummer Award, State Police’s Highest Honor

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Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced that New York State Police Sergeant Timothy M. Sikorski and Sergeant Jason F. Delos-Santos have each been awarded a Letter of Commendation for their efforts to locate and secure an undetonated improvised explosive device on September 17 in the Chelsea neighborhood of New York City. Sgt. Sikorski and Sgt. Delos-Santos found the device only a few hours after another exploded just a few blocks away, injuring 31 people. The Letters of Commendation ensure that Sgt. Sikorski and Sgt. Delos-Santos are now eligible for a Superintendent’s Commendation Award, and the Brummer Award, which is the highest honor given each year by the State Police.

"In the wake of this latest terror attack on New York, Sergeant Sikorski and Sergeant Delos-Santos demonstrated the courage and selflessness that exemplifies the New York State Police, placing their own safety at risk to protect their fellow New Yorkers," Governor Cuomo said. "The impact of their work has been felt far beyond the Empire State, and I am proud to honor them for their incredible heroism and bravery."

Sgt. Sikorski and Sgt. Delos-Santos had been assigned to the Chelsea neighborhood to assist in the search for additional bombs following the explosion on West 23rd Street. The Troopers responded to a radio call for a suspicious device discovered on West 27th Street. Within minutes of arriving, Sgt. Sikorski and Sgt. Delos-Santos discovered the silver-colored pressure cooker wrapped in duct tape with wires hanging out, and immediately identified it as an IED. They immediately cleared bystanders from the area, and called for assistance to close the street to traffic and secure the device, which was later confirmed to be an IED.

New York State Police Superintendent George P. Beach II said, "We commend Sergeants Delos-Santos and Sikorski for their bravery and leadership on September 17. Your actions helped prevent the potential serious physical injury or death of numerous innocent civilians. Your performance demonstrated a level of professionalism that was in the finest traditions of the New York State Police. You are commended for a job well done."

Sergeant Timothy M. Sikorski has been a Member of the New York State Police since 2007. The Staten Island native graduated from St. John’s University and served with the New York City Police Department from 2003-2007. He is currently stationed at Troop NYC in Manhattan. Sgt. Sikorski is married with two children.

Sergeant Jason F. Delos-Santos was raised in Rockland County, and became a New York State Trooper in 2008. He previously served as a Sergeant in the United States Marine Corps from 2000-2005, and as a police officer with the New York City Police Department from 2005-2008. He is currently stationed at Troop NYC in Manhattan. 

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