Next Tuesday night, “Master P” (aka Michael Mastropetre) won’t be driving any key witnesses to the mall. Robert Hayden won’t be chasing gunmen through Newhallville. David Acosta won’t be serving warrants.
The three New Haven cops do plenty of that on the job. That’s why they’re doing something else Tuesday night—being honored at an annual “Greater New Haven’s Heroes” banquet.
The event, sponsored by the Exchange Club, begins at Anthony’s Ocean View at 7 p.m. Yale cops Officer John Grottole and Sgt. Keith Pullan; city firefighters Angel Aviles, Lt. Robert Celentano and Captain Thomas Neville; and West Haven firefighters Glenn CConlan, Lt. WIlliam Johnson, and Captain Steve Scafariello are also being honored. Call 203-285-6598 for ticket details.
The New Haven Emerald Pipe & Drum Band will perform. So will Yale’s Alley Cats.
Meanwhile, Officers Diego Quintero and Elvin Rivera (pictured), who recently helped rescue a suicidal man ready to jump to his death in Fair Haven, will be honored at a separate event marking law-enforcement heroics. They are slated to receive the community service award from the National Hispanic Heritage Organization at a dinner at Amarante’s Sea Cliff Restaurant next Friday, May 3, beginning at 6:30 p.m. Other winners include city health chief Mario Garcia, Universal Health Care Foundation President Frances Padilla, Connecticut Hispanic Democratic Caucus leader Tomas Reyes, and Oscar Padilla-Lam, New York-based counsul general of Guatemala. Call 203-500-1854 or 203-887-9238 for details.