Tactical support

By TODD GROGIN
Posted 10/13/20

MONTICELLO, NY — Sullivan County Sheriff’s Deputy Markus Pratti’s August 17 mission was straightforward. Deliver the COVID-19 samples from the Sullivan County Jail to the lab in …

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MONTICELLO, NY — Sullivan County Sheriff’s Deputy Markus Pratti’s August 17 mission was straightforward. Deliver the COVID-19 samples from the Sullivan County Jail to the lab in Albany. It was direct until he drove up that Albany street, was flagged down, and fate changed his direct path to the lab.

There was no time except for him to react. Pratti’s career law enforcement officer’s (LEO) senses, and those in his lineage of five family members as LEOs, kicked in when he saw two figures slumped in the seats of a sedan.

Pratti called 911 for assistance. Pratti pulled the two victims from the car. A civilian sustained a gunshot in the arm. The other suffered a shot in the back of the head. Pratti quickly retrieved his Olaes bandage from his tactical bag to stop the bleeding. He then performed CPR. That victim regained breathing.

After the Albany sheriff’s deputy arrived,

Pratti not only assisted his fellow deputy by maintaining crowd control, but he then helped when he cleared the driveway of the residence discovered with the blood trail that led to it.  

Pratti then followed with his instincts and provided rear security while the Albany County sheriff’s deputies cleared the residence on Southern Boulevard.

From there, it was an easy leap to establish the Monticello Rotary’s first T.A.C.T.I.C.A.L. award. T.A.C.T.I.C.A.L. stands for “Thank A Cop That Is Compassionate And Laudable.” 

The awards dinner was  sponsored by Carmine Ribaudo’s business Riggs Plumbing and Heating., Ribaudo who introduced the idea to the club, having heard about it from the Jamaica Queens Rotary Club, “Cop of the Month” luncheon. 

Under Sheriff Eric Chaboty nominated Pratti for the above meritorious conduct.

Pratti was recognized for his selflessness on September 22 at Albella’s Restaurant.

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