State Troopers 2016 Dinner – Award Recipients

Man of the Year
Tony Lo Banco

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.

On television, Mr. Lo Bianco starred as the undefeated heavyweight champ Rocky Marciano in Marciano, and again in the remake, The Rocky Marciano Story with George C. Scott and Jon Favreau. He appeared in the mini-series Marco Polo; Franco Zeffirelli’s Jesus of Nazareth with Lawrence Olivier and Anthony Quinn; he co-starred in La Romana with Gina Lollobrigeda and in The Last Tenant with legendary acting teacher Lee Strasberg. Mr. Lo Bianco starred in the television series, Police Story and Palace Guard, and co-starred in the television series, Jessie, with Lindsay Wagner. He has appeared in episodes of Law & Order; Murder, She Wrote; and numerous two-hour movies of the week. As a director, Mr. Lo Bianco directed episodes of television series Police Story, Kaz and several others, and the feature film Too Scared to Scream and is now in the process of writing, and will direct in his new film based on his younger years.

Mr. Lo Bianco served as the National Spokesperson for the Order Sons of Italy. His many humanitarian efforts have earned multiple awards, including the Eleanora Duse Award for Outstanding Contribution to the Performing Arts; Man of the Year for Outstanding Contributions to the Italian-American Community from the Police Society of New Jersey; a Man of the Year Award from the State of New Jersey Senate; a Lifetime Entertainment Award from the Columbus Day Parade Committee; the 1997 Golden Lion Award; and the Humanitarian Award of the Boys’ Town of Italy, and the Ellis Island Medal of honor. He is a member of the Italian American National Hall of Fame and just this year received the Louis Prima Arts and Entertainment Award.

Woman of the Year
Capt. Donna Roman

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.

Distinguished Member Award
Dorian Wilson

Dorian Wilson



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.

Prosecutor of the Year
Honorable Joseph D. CoronatoHonorable 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.
In 1976 Prosecutor Coronato was appointed a Deputy Attorney General and assigned to the Division of Criminal Justice; in 1981 he was employed as an Assistant Prosecutor at the Atlantic County Prosecutor’s Office. In 1984 Prosecutor Coronato established a private practice in Toms River. Once in private practice, he became a Municipal Prosecutor in at least 15 towns in Ocean County and has prosecuted at the local, county, state and federal level. On March 22, 2013 he was sworn in as Prosecutor, the Chief Law Enforcement Officer in Ocean County, New Jersey.

Excellence in Media Award
Heather Mac Donald

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.
Other previous works include The Burden of Bad Ideas (2001), a collection of Mac Donald’s City Journal essays, details the effects of the 1960s counterculture’s destructive march through America’s institutions. In The Immigration Solution: A Better Plan than Today’s (2007), coauthored with Victor Davis Hanson and Steven Malanga, she chronicles the effects of broken immigration laws and proposes a practical solution to securing the country’s porous borders. In Are Cops Racist?(2010), another City Journal anthology, Mac Donald investigates the workings of the police, the controversy over so-called racial profiling, and the anti-profiling lobby’s harmful effects on black Americans.
A non-practicing lawyer, Mac Donald clerked for the Honorable Stephen Reinhardt, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, and was an attorney-advisor in the Office of the General Counsel of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and a volunteer with the Natural Resources Defense Council. She has testified before numerous U.S. House and Senate Committees. In 1998, Mac Donald was appointed to Mayor Rudolph Giuliani’s task force on the City University of New York. In 2004, she received the Civilian Valor Award from the New Jersey State Law Enforcement Officers. In 2008, Mac Donald received the Integrity in Journalism Award from the New York State Shields, as well as the Eugene Katz Award for Excellence in the Coverage of Immigration from the Center for Immigration Studies. In 2012, she received the Quill & Badge Award for Excellence in Communication from the International Union of Police Associations.


Man of the YearHonorable Joseph D'Amico
Superintendent, New York State Police
Woman of the YearLTC Latrecia Littles-Floyd
Chief of Staff, New Jersey State Police
President's AwardRobert 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


Man of the YearDetective Joseph Walker
Hudson County Prosecutor’s Office
Woman of the YearHonorable Jennifer Beck
New Jersey State Senator

Lifetime Achievement AwardPatrick Colligan
President, New Jersey State PBA
Administrators AwardMichael Cornacchia, ESQ.
Steven Levin, ESQ.
Charles Curlett, ESQ.
Member of the Year Award
Col. Val Littles
New Jersey State Police (Ret.)


Man of the YearSheriff Michael Saudino
Lifetime Achievement AwardRobert L. Galantucci, Esq.
Legislator of the YearUS Senator Robert Menendez
Administrators Award Dr. Ali “Dr. Maz” Mazandarani

Members of the Year AwardDeputy Sheriff Walter Hutchinson

Dr. Ira Klemons, NPDF Surgeon


Man of the YearHon. Frank Pallone,Jr
Member of Congress
Woman of the YearCherie Castellano
Director UMDNJ "Cop 2 Cop" Program
Lifetime Achievement AwardSheriff Edward V. Rochford
Morris County Sheriff Deparment
Valor AwardCorporal Angelica Borja
Ecuadorian National Police
Profiles in CourageLt. Colonel William Malast (Ret.) New Jersey State Police

Trooper Brian Malast (Ret.) New Jersey State Police
Excellence in Media AwardJerry DeMarco
Group Special Achievement AwardUMDNJ “Cop 2 Cop” Program
Richard Arline, Joseph Orgo,
Thomas Baber,
John Rowley,
Pat Ciccone,
Kenneth Santucci,
Roy Diaz,
James Schneider,
Sheila Hobson,
Karen Sullivan,
John Mc Quire,
William Ussery,
William Meytrott,
Orlando Velazquez,
Frederick Mitchell,
Anthony Woodson,
Curtis Murray


Person of the YearHon. Joseph Vitale
New Jersey State Senator
Excellence in Media AwardTi Hua Chang, Journalist
Business Person of the YearHarry Kalicovic, President
Profit Marketing, Inc.
Administrators AwardRabbi Abe Friedman, Community Liasion Officer
New Jersey State Police
Lifetime Achievement AwardMajor Carmelo Huertas, New Jersey State Police (Ret)
Director of Security of University of Medicine and Dentistry


Man of the YearMichael A. Fedorko, Superintendent of Police
Port Authority Police of New York & New Jersey
Woman of the YearHon. Kim Guadagno
Lieutenant Governor of New Jersey
Legislator of the YearHon. Gerald Cardinale
New Jersey State Senator
Lifetime Achievement AwardDet. John Russiello (Ret)
Federal Law Enforcement Foundation
Business Person of the YearPeter Wilenta, CEO
Wilenta Carting, Inc.
Law Enforcement AwardSSA Philip Scala (Ret)
Federal Bureau of Investigation


Man of the YearHonorable Chris Christie
Former U.S. Attorney for New Jersey
Woman of the YearDonna Lamonaco,
Founder, Survivors of the Triangle
Lifetime Achievement AwardLt. Col. Jerome Hatfield,
Deputy Superintendent of
Homeland Security NJ State Police
Business Person of the YearGeorge Greco, C.E.O.,
Midhattan Woodworking Corp.


Man of the YearJohn “Jack McGreevey
Senator Vitale Legislative Officer
Woman of the YearVirginia Korteweg,
Beautification Foundation of River Edge
Lifetime Achievement AwardSamuel J. Plumeri Jr.,
Superintendent , PAPD NY & NJ
Business Person of the YearFred A. Daibes
C.E.O., Dukes Enterprises
Law Enforcement AwardMajor Al Della Fave,
NJSP Public Information Officer
Media Achievement AwardSteve Malzberg,
Celebrity Radio Host, WOR Radio
Profile in Courage AwardSgt. Bill Koretsky,
Bergen County Police Department