Amy Pfeffer, 27, of Chili, a three-year department veteran, was named the first-ever winner of the Rochester Police Department’s top cop award last week at the department’s annual awards banquet at the Hyatt downtown.
The award is to be given annually to one officer whose performance is above and beyond all other officers, said Rochester Police Chief David Moore. Officer LaRon Singletary said Pfeffer, a patrol officer based in the area of Conkey Avenue and St. Paul Street in northeast Rochester, was the first to receive the honor last week.
“She’s a very mature young lady and a model officer,” Moore said. “Amy is motivated and knows her job is important and worthwhile. Her work helps make this community a lot safer.”
Singletary said Pfeffer logged 254 arrests in 2008 – more than any other officer in the department by more than 50. The charges she filed ranged from felonies to drug arrests, and traffic tickets, he said.
“She also takes the time to talk to young people – to get out of her car and interact with them,” Moore said. As a result, Pfeffer knows a lot of teens – and their families – by name.
“People just want to be heard and appreciated,” Pfeffer said. “They really are good people, but have to make decisions based on their lifestyles.”
Pfeffer, who is a military veteran, was also a partner of Anthony DiPonzio and was with him on Jan. 31, when he was shot in the head on Dayton Street. Pfeffer was among the officers who rushed DiPonzio to Rochester General Hospital. Pfeffer held his arms and legs. Those officers – including Pfeffer – received the lifesaving award last week.
Moore said Pfeffer has an “all-around great attitude.”
“It’s a tough job, but I love it,” she said.
254 Arrests in one year! When does this woman sleep?