The PESHV Awards Committee has announced Duke Bunce
as the 2016 Irish Police Officer of the Year.
The PESHV Awards Committee has announced Emmett Woods
as the 2016 Irishman of the Year.
From left to right PESHV President Sean McCarthy and Dutchess County Vice President John Zeltmann
From left to right PESHV Dutchess County Vice President John Zeltmann, President Sean McCarthy and the 2017 Irish Police Officer of the Year Duke Bunce.
Duke Bunce is a Charter Member of the Police Emerald Society of the Hudson Valley and currently serves as the Ulster County Vice President. Also, Duke serves as the PESHV representative on the Grand Council of United Emerald Societies. In addition, he also serves as the Drum Sergeant for the Hudson Valley Regional Police Pipes and Drums.
On October 24, 2015 Officers from the New Paltz Police Department attempted to serve a warrant on an individual that was wanted on domestic violence charges. The suspect who was held up in his second story apartment began firing at the officers. Several rounds struck the officers vehicles as they took cover behind them. Fearing for his life and the lives of his fellow officers, Duke Bunce fired one round ending the threat. Area SWAT teams later extracted the officers and cleared the suspects residence.
The quick thinking and actions of Duke Bunce saved the lives of himself, his fellow officers and all the neighbors residing in the area. He brought closure to an extremely hostile situation. Duke’s actions brought credit to himself, the New Paltz Police Department, The Police Emerald Society of the Hudson Valley and the Law Enforcement Community.
From left to right PESHV President Sean McCarthy and Dutchess County Vice President John Zeltmann, Orange County Vice President John Hank and
the 2017 Irishman of the Year Emmett Woods.
Emmett was born in Pomeroy County Tyrone in Ireland. He immigrated to the United States in 1985, and met his beautiful wife Moira when living in the Bronx. They have four beautiful children - Moira 30, Emmett Jr 28, Shanagh 26, and Seamus 25. Emmett and Moira moved to Pearl River in 1995, and they still live there today. Emmett became very active in the local Community right away.
Emmett comes from a large Family. His siblings Mary, Kevin, Annette and Gerard all live in Tyrone, Sean & Noel and their families all live in New York, and Seamus [RIP] died on 07-07-1988.
Emmett worked in construction and he eventually started his own construction company in 1990. In 2004, Emmett opened a restaurant in Poughkeepsie, NY called Emmett Mahoney’s Irish Pub & Restaurant (wwwmahoneysirishpub.com).
Emmett is very involved in the Poughkeepsie River District, which donates to local charities. He is an honorary member of the Police Emerald Society of the Hudson Valley and the Hudson Valley Police Pipes and Drums. Also, Emmett has raised thousands of dollars for the Special Olympics through the Polar Bear Plunge. Each year he not only sponsors a team, but he takes the frigid plunge himself. In addition, Emmett supports many other fundraising organizations in the Hudson Valley.
In 1999, Emmett joined together with 24 other families to help secure the funds to purchase Rockland GAA fields. He has continued to be a vital part of the Rockland GAA including his assistance with the completion of major renovations to the fields and current renovations of the Club House. Emmett is currently the development officer for New York GAA.
Emmett’s dedication to the Irish American community and local Law Enforcement in the Hudson Valley is unmatched.
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