The Medal of Honor is the highest and most prestigious decoration awarded by the United States government. It is presented to members of the United States armed forces who have distinguished themselves by acts of valor and bravery above and beyond the call of duty in combat. The Medal of Honor is awarded for acts of courage in the face of extreme danger, often at the risk of one’s own life, and is intended to recognize extraordinary heroism and selflessness.
The historic event took place at the Chautauqua Suite Hotel, Sheriff Jim Quattrone met with over 100 faith leaders at a VIP breakfast hosted by the Chautauqua County Sheriff’s Office.
At COJEP International, an organization accredited by the United Nations, UNESCO, the Council of Europe and the European Parliament, the “Medal of Honor” and the “Global Leadership Award” are also the highest and most prestigious decorations awarded by this organization to powerful personalities who have impacted their community and the world through their tireless service and who have distinguished themselves through acts of valor and bravery beyond the call of duty in their lives
Seven other Police Chiefs attended the breakfast hosted by the Chautauqua County Sheriff office to support this great initiative of partnership with faith-based leaders to better serve the community.
Highlights of the VIP breakfast included Sheriff Jim Quattrone’s presentation of Faith & Blue 2023, a collaborative initiative that builds bridges and reduces bias by facilitating engagement among enforcement professionals and the community they serve; the Chautauqua County Citizens Police Academy, a 12-week training program designed explicitly for clergy so they can be trained and learn more about what the police officers encounter on a regular basis and the formation of the “Chautauqua clergy Counsel.
World Peace Ambassador HE Dr. Hugues Sanon who pioneered the idea of a clergy partnership with law enforcement presented the Medal of Honor to 7 Chiefs of Police: Timothy Jackson, Chief of Police, Jamestown NY, Chief William Ohnmeiss Jr., Ellicott, NY, Police Chief Christopher A. DePonceau, Lakewood and Busti, David Ortolano, Chief of Police, Dunkirk, NY, Town of Carroll Police Chief William Nelson .New York State Police Captain Daniel Hollands, Robert Genthner, Chief of Police of Westfield NY as well as Chautauqua County Sheriff James Quattrone.
Ambassador Sanon also honored each of them with a Global Leadership Award for their tireless service to their community in their cities and towns and beyond and stated:” I am so grateful and honored to join the clergy at this substantial breakfast hosted by the Chautauqua County Sheriff’s Office as we collectively recognize the importance of a collaboration among religious leaders and law enforcement to better serve and protect our community”.
“I am humbled by the opportunity to have met Sheriff Quattrone who paid a courtesy visit to my residence as I shared my thoughts on a partnership between clergy and law enforcement in Chautauqua County; he humbly embraced the idea and here we are today with over a hundred clergy who have joined with the sheriff’s office and other law enforcement to solidify the partnership “. He said
“The world has just turned to 8 billion people and 6 billion are believers or religious, but, nevertheless, there are always wars and poverty, it is because instead of us, as pastors getting involved in community outreach, we are fighting amongst ourselves instead. So, for over one hundred faith-based leaders to attend this great breakfast meeting this morning, we can conclude that there is hope for our community and our world”.
We are the light of the world and the Bible never said everyone should come to church, but, we the church, should go out into the world and seek out the lost ones.
In the afternoon of Wednesday, August 16, 2023, HE Ambassador Hugues Sanon paid a courtesy visit to the New York State Police in Chautauqua County and recognized the tireless work and service of Captain Daniel Hollands and his excellent officers who put their lives on the line to serve and protect the Residence of the State of New York and beyond and also presented to him the medal of Honor and the Global Leadership Award.
In turn, Captain Daniel Hollands presented the Patch of the New York State Police to Ambassador Sanon as a special gift.
Since 1917, the New York State Police has served the people of New York State with the highest degree of fairness, professionalism, and integrity. The job of a New York State Trooper encompasses everything from traditional patrol duties to responding to 911 calls.
The New York State Police Uniform Force is made up of more than 3,500 men and women and the Bureau of criminal investigation Established in 1935, the undercover detective has more than 1,000 investigators within its ranks.
Congratulations to law enforcement!!!
HE Ambassador Hugues Sanon is the representative of international relations at the United Nations and the Coordinator of the American Continent for Cojep International.
Cojep International was created in 1985 and today has its headquarters in Strasbourg. This powerful organization has consultative status with the Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) of the United Nations, UNESCO (Liaison Committee of NGOs), the Council of Europe (Conference of NGOs), OECD, and is accredited by the European Parliament and the OSCE. Additionally, it also has coordination in Asia, Eurasia, Africa, the Middle East, the Balkans, and the United States.
COJEP International has gained experience and respect over time and is becoming an organization accredited and respected by the international community.
Today, Cojep International works for humanitarian values and has demonstrated to civil society and international organizations the importance of its role in development, in strengthening peace, justice, rights, freedoms, and democracy.
Mr. Sanon is also the vice president of the Global Organization for Sustainable Development accredited at the UN; the chair of Le Journal Haiti and he is also the global Ambassador for the Foundation for a Drug-Free World, Americas chapter.
Photo credit: Facebook/ Hugues Sanon