SPD officer at the center of Father's Day riot honored as state's top cop

SYRACUSE, N.Y. (WSYR-TV) - A Syracuse Police officer whose heroism in the middle of the Father’s Day riot in June 2016, has been honored as the New York State Police Officer of the Year.

Kelsey Francemone was recognized for her actions during a ceremony on Thursday.

Lt. Gov. Kathy Hochul attended the event.

"Officer Francemone is not only a hero, but as the first female recipient of the Police Officer of the Year Award, is a great role model for women and girls across the state. She faced up to every officer's worst nightmare and used her training and incredible bravery to confront it head on. Officer Francemone and the Officer of the Year nominees represent the strength and courage that Officers display across New York State every day," she said.

Police were responding to a shots-fired complaint when the incident erupted during a barbecue in a neighborhood near Skiddy Park.

According to Fitzpatrick, the partiers shouted “Let it rain on the pigs” and said “We have guns too.”

The DA said one officer, Francemone -- who was 22 at the time -- was harassed by those in the crowd.

Francemone was exonerated in the shooting death of 41-year-old Gary Porter.

According to investigators, Porter was firing a gun before he was shot.

Francemone has been serving in the Syracuse Police Department since 2014.

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