Six honored for helping to save a life at CGCC

HUDSON, N.Y – In recognition of “extraordinary actions that lead to a life being saved,” six members of the Columbia-Greene Community College staff and administration have been lauded by the Columbia County Sheriff’s Department for their efforts.

Columbia County Sheriff David P. Bartlett presented certificates of recognition to a group of employees who, along with Columbia County Deputy Sheriff Patrick Mayo, assisted during a life-threatening emergency the occurred in the fall semester. Those acknowledged include: 

Joseph Watson Ph.D., of New Paltz, Vice President and Dean of Students and Enrollment Management;

Dianne Topple, of Hudson, Vice President and Dean of Administration;

Carol Doerfer, of Hudson, Assistant Dean of Academic Affairs;

Joel Phelps, of Petersburgh, Director of Financial Aid and Title IX Coordinator;

Joni Groll RN, of Hudson, Director of Health Services, and

Michelle Pielli, of Athens, Development Associate. 

Mayo, who is currently assigned to the college, was previously honored by the Sheriff’s department with a law-enforcement Life Saving Award and commendation bar. 


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