Suffolk County Police officer honored with New York State Liberty Award

Suffolk County Police officer honored with New York State Liberty Award

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Officer Kevin Farina, center, with New York State Senator Dean Murray and Police Commissioner Rodney K. Harrison. Photo from SCPD
Suffolk County Police Officer Kevin Farina was awarded with the New York State Liberty Award on Aug. 31 for his efforts saving two people from a burning car in June.
New York State Senator Dean Murray, along with Police Commissioner Rodney K. Harrison, presented the award to the Sixth Precinct officer during a ceremony at Police Headquarters in Yaphank. Officer Farina was on his way to work on June 24 when he observed an overturned vehicle off the road in Farmingville. Officer Farina and two off-duty NYPD officers pulled two people to safety as the vehicle caught fire.
Below is a summary of the incident:

Off-duty officer and good samaritans pull victims from burning vehicle in Farmingville

An off-duty Suffolk County Police Department Sixth Precinct police officer and two good Samaritans pulled two people out of a vehicle that caught fire following a motor vehicle crash in Farmingville on June 24.

Maribel Ramirez was driving a 2014 Honda northbound on County Road 83, near South Bicycle Path, when the vehicle struck a guard rail and overturned at approximately 5:20 a.m. Off-duty Sixth Precinct police officer Kevin Farina, who was on his way to work, observed the overturned vehicle and stopped to assist. The vehicle caught fire as Officer Farina and two good Samaritans pulled Maribel Ramirez, 45, of Coram, and her passenger, Mario Ramirez, 41, of Coram, out of the vehicle. Both victims were uninjured.