Steve Napolitano, Senior Executive Vice President of AmTrust Title and President of the Direct Title Division, has been named co-chairman, joining former U.S. Senator Alfonse D’Amato in honoring former New York City Police Commissioner Ray Kelly at a gala dinner supporting The Museum of American Armor.
Napolitano will present Kelly, a U.S. Marine Corps veteran, with the museum’s Military Heritage Award on the evening of November 16th.
“I am honored to be part of an evening that pays tribute to the longest serving Commissioner of the New York City Police Department. Ray Kelly rose from cadet to the department’s top job during his nearly 50 years on the force, and he remains a standard of excellence by which other law enforcement professionals are judged,” stated Napolitano.
Kelly is a combat veteran of the Vietnam War. He led fellow Marines as a First Lieutenant, during the bloody, chaotic battles of Operation Harvest Moon that broke the back of a Viet Cong offensive south of Da Nang. Upon returning home Commissioner Kelly joined the Marine Reserves and retired with the rank of Colonel. He is currently vice chairman of K2 Security and also serves on the Museum board.
Senator Alfonse D’Amato stated, “I am delighted to be working with Steve in creating a tribute dinner that will acknowledge Ray’s enormous contributions. I have known the Commissioner for over 40 years, and during that time his reputation as a man of enormous personal integrity and professional expertise has only grown here and around the world. He has defended our freedoms abroad and our neighborhoods here in the greatest city in the world. This award is recognition that this insightful, effective law enforcement and security expert has not only walked the beat but defended our nation as well.”
Mr. Kelly explained, “I accept this honor with the understanding that I am representing the hundreds of thousands of Americans who served in Vietnam during that conflict and those men and women who continue to serve in our military today. My experience was not unique, but the courage and valor of those I served with certainly was.”
Commissioner Kelly has also served as Director of Police under the United Nations Mission in Haiti, and as an Interpol Vice President. During the Clinton Administration, Kelly served as Treasury Department Under Secretary for Enforcement.
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Those wishing to join Steve Napolitano in honoring Ray Kelly are invited to contact the museum through its web site,www.museumofamericanarmor.org.