By Jon Cronin, Editor
Two police officers from the 106th Precinct were honored for their bravery in the rescue of an elderly grandmother, her 2-year-old grandson and their dog from a fiery death after their home was engulfed in flames in July.
Councilman Eric Ulrich (R-Ozone Park) honored officers with a proclamation on Oct. 17.
The councilman’s office reported that, on July 20, Coffey and Maderik were flagged down by a driver at the corner of 112th Street and Rockaway Boulevard in Ozone Park and told about a house fire.
The duo left their car and ran to the home to find the first floor in flames. People outside the home told them that residents were still inside. The two kicked in the front door and ran up the smoke filled staircase to the second floor, where they found the elderly woman, her grandson and the dog.
The officers brought the residents to safety outside and then re-entered the blaze to check for more people.
“I would like to thank Councilman Ulrich for this recognition,” Maderick said at the ceremony on Tuesday. “It is an honor to be recognized for our efforts that day. My family and I will never forget today’s ceremony. I am truly humbled.”
Maderik has been an officer for 30 years. At age 20, he graduated from the police academy and followed in the footsteps of his father, who was with the NYPD for 36 years. When his father retired in 2001, Maderik received his shield. He has been with the 106th precinct since 1996.
No stranger to accolades, Maderik was the Edward R. Byrne Memorial Cop of the Month twice and has been given two Spirit Awards from the New York Mets. He has also received numerous community council and civic association awards.
Coffey joined the army at age 21 and served for two years at Ft. Carson, Colorado, during which he was deployed for 11 months in Bosnia-Herzegovina. After graduating, he was assigned to the 106th Precinct.
Both officers are part of the NYPD’s new Neighborhood Coordinating Officer program, which began at the 106th Precinct this summer.
“On that fateful day in July, Officers Maderik and Coffey exhibited true bravery, going above and beyond the line of duty,” Ulrich said during the ceremony. “They both ran into a burning building without any hesitation, putting their own lives at risk to help others. It is an honor and a privilege to recognize officers Maderik and Coffey for such a selfless act of bravery.”