For law enforcement valor

For the first time the prestigious Wallie Howard Jr. Award for Excellence in Law Enforcement has been given to two law enforcers in the same year.

Saluted for their roles in the murder investigation of slain New Hartford Police Officer Joseph D. Corr were Retired New Hartford Investigator Rick J. Salamone and Oneida County Sheriff’s Investigator David Nowakowski. The Howard Award is presented once a year by the U.S. Attorney’s Office to any law enforcement officer who has made extraordinary contributions to a U.S. Attorney’s Office case.

Howard was a Syracuse police officer who was shot and killed during a drug probe in 1990.

Salamone and Nowakowski worked on the Corr case from 2006 through 2012 and helped the U.S. Attorney’s Office secure convictions in Federal Court in November 2010 for the three men charged with the murder.

Nothing can bring back Officer Corr, who was killed in the line of duty in 2006 while pursing a thief behind the Byrne Dairy in Kirkland.

But it is fitting that the community remembers police officers like Corr and Howard, who gave up their lives, and that the community salutes those officers who helped bring criminals in these cases to justice.