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Presley Law Enforcement Award

Bridge and Tunnel Officer Anthony Presley was honored by Kings County District Attorney Charles J. Hynes at his annual Law Enforcement Appreciation Day Awards.

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Left to right: Bridge and Tunnel Officer Anthony Presley, Kings County District Attorney Charles J. Hynes and Bridges and Tunnels Vice President and Chief of Operations James Fortunato at annual Law Enforcement Awards

The breakfast event, which took place at Brooklyn Law School in Downtown Brooklyn's civic center on May 23rd, is held annually to recognize individuals who have "helped make Brooklyn a better place to work and live."

There to support the agency and Presley were Vice President and Chief of Operations Jim Fortunato, Captain Richard Hildebrand and Brooklyn-Battery Tunnel General Manager Marc Mende.

The district attorney was honoring Presley for his actions on the evening of April 16, 2011, when the officer, who was off-duty, was shot and injured as he foiled an armed robbery attempt at a Bedford-Stuyvesant auto body shop.

Four armed men had rushed into the shop and pulled out guns, announcing a robbery and ordering the four people inside, one of whom was Officer Presley, to the ground and began searching their pockets for valuables. When one of the gunmen felt Presley's firearm holstered on his waistband, he yelled, "Gun!" and began assaulting the Officer.

Presley was able to fend off the assailant long enough to draw his authorized service weapon as another gunman began shooting at him. Presley exchanged gunfire with the assailant and was shot in the shoulder. The assailants fled, pursued by an armed NYPD School Safety Agent. The officer and two of the robbers who had been shot were taken by EMS to Kings County Hospital.

Following his recovery from the incident, Presley, a 10-year veteran, returned to regular duty at the Brooklyn-Battery Tunnel last June.