Tony Lo Bianco
|The National Police Defense Foundation is honored to recognize Tony Lo Bianco as its “Man of the Year” in recognition of his lifelong accomplishments as a renowned actor and for his support of the law enforcement and military communities.
His best known film performances are as Sal Boca in the 5 Academy Awards winner The French Connection, with Gene Hackman and Roy Scheider; as Ray Fernandez in cult classic The Honeymoon Killers; as Peter in God Told Me To; Bloodbrothers with Richard Gere; City Heat with Clint Eastwood and Burt Reynolds; Oliver Stone’s Nixon with Anthony Hopkins; The Juror with Alec Baldwin and Demi Moore; and F.I.S.T. with Sylvester Stallone, Kill the Irishman, alongside Vincent D’Onofrio, Val Kilmer, and Christopher Walken and The Engagement Ring with Lainie Kazan and Patricia Heaton.
Capt. Donna Roman
|The NPDF is proud to be presenting Capt. Donna Roman with this year’s Woman of the Year Award in recognition of her lifelong achievements in law enforcement and the establishment of her outstanding organization “Women in Blue”.
She is the owner of Blue Force Films, an independent film production company in New Jersey. Donna has produced and directed several award-winning documentaries, including The Ultimate Betrayal: A Survivor’s Journey that depicts how she survived three decades of domestic violence at the hands of her father, a former peace officer. Also, she is the creator and host of two radio talk shows, Tough Justice and The Jersey Beat.
Captain Donna Roman served 29 years in law enforcement in the Patrol Division of both the Essex County Police and Caldwell Police Departments. Born and raised in Newark, New Jersey, Donna attended Rutgers University-Newark and achieved Phi Beta Kappa honors in Criminal Justice studies and is currently pursuing a master’s degree.
Donna was the first female and minority officer hired by the Caldwell Police Department. As a Captain, she was the second in command of the Caldwell Police Department and in charge of the Patrol Division/Operations, the Domestic Violence/Victim Services Unit, the Domestic Violence Response Team and Dispatch Communications. In 2006, Captain Roman received a National Positive Force Award for heroism in the line of duty, sustaining injuries during the rescue of a victim of domestic violence.
Donna is the founder and President of Women in Blue, a fraternal association that mentors, advocates and honors the role, work and accomplishments of women in law enforcement; and Violence Intervention and Prevention Specialists, a business that offers consulting, training, and workshops on domestic violence, sexual assault, bullying, workplace violence and more.
|The National Police Defense Foundation is honored to recognize Dr. Dorian Wilson with the “Distinguished Member Award” in recognition of his long-term membership and financial support to many of our law enforcement and child safety initiatives such as the “Operation Kids” and “Safe Cop” programs.
Now Professor of Surgery, Dr. Wilson joined the faculty of New Jersey Medical School’s Department of Surgery in 1988 as one of the founding members of the Division of Liver Transplantation and Hepatobiliary Surgery. He was an integral part of the team that performed the first liver transplant in the state of New Jersey and has since steadily contributed to the growth of the specialty of liver transplantation on a local and national level.
His faculty appointment at New Jersey Medical School was punctuated by service in the U.S. Air Force (commissioned Major), where he received the meritorious service medal. Dr. Wilson served at the Wilford Hall United States Air Force Medical Center in San Antonio, Texas as an attending physician where he performed liver, kidney and pancreas transplants until he returned to New Jersey Medical School in 1996. Upon his return, he performed renal transplants at St. Barnabas Medical Center, served as Medical Director of the N.J. Organ and Tissue Sharing Network, and served as an attending in the Emergency/Trauma division before rejoining the liver transplant team at New Jersey Medical School in 1999. In 2006, Dr. Wilson was selected as Program Director for the General Surgery Residency Program Director and served in that capacity until 2013.
|Honorable Joseph D. Coronato
|The National Police Defense Foundation is honored to recognize The Honorable Joseph D. Coronato as its “Prosecutor of the Year” in recognition of his of numerous accomplishments and law enforcement initiatives that he enacted in Ocean County. As the chief law enforcement officer in Ocean County, Prosecutor Coronato has earned the respect and admiration of his peers in supporting police and special operations that led to numerous defendant convictions.
Prosecutor Joseph D. Coronato graduated from Upsala College in East Orange, New Jersey, receiving his Bachelor of Arts Degree in June 1972; graduated from North Carolina Central University Law School in Durham, North Carolina receiving his Juris Doctor Degree in May 1975; was admitted to the New Jersey Bar and the U. S. District Court in 1975; to the Washington, D.C. Bar in 1979; to the U. S. Court of Appeals Federal Circuit in 1985, and to Practice in U. S. Court Supreme Court in 1991.
Heather Mac Donald
|The National Police Defense Foundation is honored to recognize Heather Mac Donald with the “Excellence in Media Award” in recognition of her lifelong accomplishments as a journalist. In addition, her published book “The War on Cops” demonstrates an understanding of the complexity of police work and difficult decisions law enforcement officials must make in life threatening situations.
Heather Mac Donald is the Thomas W. Smith Fellow at the Manhattan Institute and a contributing editor of City Journal. She is a recipient of the 2005 Bradley Prize. Mac Donald’s work at City Journal has canvassed a range of topics, including higher education, immigration, policing and “racial” profiling, homelessness and homeless advocacy, criminal-justice reform, and race relations. Her writing has appeared in the Wall Street Journal, Washington Post, New York Times, Los Angeles Times, The New Republic, and The New Criterion. Mac Donald’s newest book, The War on Cops (2016), warns that raced-based attacks on the criminal-justice system, from the White House on down, are eroding the authority of law and putting lives at risk.
2015 STATE TROOPERS AWARD RECIPIENTS
|Man of the Year||Honorable Joseph D'Amico|
Superintendent, New York State Police
|Woman of the Year||LTC Latrecia Littles-Floyd |
Chief of Staff, New Jersey State Police
|President's Award||Robert May|
Port Authority Police Department (Ret.)
President, New Jersey Asian American Law Enforcement Officers Association
|Excellence in Media Award||David Webb|
Commentator, Fox News
Radio Host, Sirius XM
2014 STATE TROOPERS AWARD RECIPIENTS
|Man of the Year||Detective Joseph Walker|
Hudson County Prosecutor’s Office
|Woman of the Year||Honorable Jennifer Beck |
New Jersey State Senator
|Lifetime Achievement Award||Patrick Colligan |
President, New Jersey State PBA
|Administrators Award||Michael Cornacchia, ESQ.|
Steven Levin, ESQ.
Charles Curlett, ESQ.
|Member of the Year Award||Col. Val Littles|
New Jersey State Police (Ret.)
2013 STATE TROOPERS AWARD RECIPIENTS
Man of the Year Sheriff Michael Saudino
Lifetime Achievement Award Robert L. Galantucci, Esq.
Legislator of the Year US Senator Robert Menendez
Administrators Award Dr. Ali “Dr. Maz” Mazandarani
Members of the Year Award Deputy Sheriff Walter Hutchinson
Dr. Ira Klemons, NPDF Surgeon
2012 STATE TROOPER AWARD RECIPIENTS
|Man of the Year||Hon. Frank Pallone,Jr
Member of Congress
|Woman of the Year||Cherie Castellano
Director UMDNJ "Cop 2 Cop" Program
|Lifetime Achievement Award||Sheriff Edward V. Rochford
Morris County Sheriff Deparment
|Valor Award||Corporal Angelica Borja
Ecuadorian National Police
|Profiles in Courage||Lt. Colonel William Malast (Ret.) New Jersey State Police
Trooper Brian Malast (Ret.) New Jersey State Police
|Excellence in Media Award||Jerry DeMarco
|Group Special Achievement Award||UMDNJ “Cop 2 Cop” Program
Richard Arline, Joseph Orgo,
John Mc Quire,
2011 STATE TROOPER AWARD RECIPIENTS
|Person of the Year||Hon. Joseph Vitale
New Jersey State Senator
|Excellence in Media Award||Ti Hua Chang, Journalist
WNYW - FOX 5
|Business Person of the Year||Harry Kalicovic, President
Profit Marketing, Inc.
|Administrators Award||Rabbi Abe Friedman, Community Liasion Officer
New Jersey State Police
|Lifetime Achievement Award||Major Carmelo Huertas, New Jersey State Police (Ret)
Director of Security of University of Medicine and Dentistry
2010 STATE TROOPERS AWARDS RECIPIENTS
|Man of the Year||Michael A. Fedorko, Superintendent of Police
Port Authority Police of New York & New Jersey
|Woman of the Year||Hon. Kim Guadagno
Lieutenant Governor of New Jersey
|Legislator of the Year||Hon. Gerald Cardinale
New Jersey State Senator
|Lifetime Achievement Award||Det. John Russiello (Ret)
Federal Law Enforcement Foundation
|Business Person of the Year||Peter Wilenta, CEO
Wilenta Carting, Inc.
|Law Enforcement Award||SSA Philip Scala (Ret)
Federal Bureau of Investigation
2009 STATE TROOPERS AWARDS RECIPIENTS
|Man of the Year||Honorable Chris Christie
Former U.S. Attorney for New Jersey
|Woman of the Year||Donna Lamonaco,
Founder, Survivors of the Triangle
|Lifetime Achievement Award||Lt. Col. Jerome Hatfield,
Deputy Superintendent of
Homeland Security NJ State Police
|Business Person of the Year||George Greco, C.E.O.,
Midhattan Woodworking Corp.
2008 STATE TROOPERS AWARDS RECIPIENTS
|Man of the Year||John “Jack McGreevey
Senator Vitale Legislative Officer
|Woman of the Year||Virginia Korteweg,
Beautification Foundation of River Edge
|Lifetime Achievement Award||Samuel J. Plumeri Jr.,
Superintendent , PAPD NY & NJ
|Business Person of the Year||Fred A. Daibes
C.E.O., Dukes Enterprises
|Law Enforcement Award||Major Al Della Fave,
NJSP Public Information Officer
|Media Achievement Award||Steve Malzberg,
Celebrity Radio Host, WOR Radio
|Profile in Courage Award||Sgt. Bill Koretsky,
Bergen County Police Department