Wednesday, March 11, 2009

Congratulations, Osceola L. Fletcher!

We are pleased to announce that Osceola L. Fletcher ('54 GSAS, Steinhardt) is one of seven New York City employees who will be presented with the 2009 Sloan Public Service Awards in recognition of his service to the city government. Mayor Michael Bloomberg will present the award today in a ceremony in the Great Hall of the Cooper Union.

Taken from the NYTimes Blog:

Osceola L. Fletcher, a community relations specialist in the crime prevention division of the Brooklyn district attorney’s office, is 87 and the oldest and longest-serving recipient of the award, with 60 years of government service. A World War II veteran, he completed college under the G.I. bill and began a 24-year career in the Police Department in 1948.

While earning two master’s degrees from New York University — in English literature and secondary education — he rose from patrolman, to detective and then sergeant of a narcotics squad, where he first met a young defense lawyer, Charles J. Hynes. After his retirement in 1973, he began a second stellar career as a public school teacher at Boys High School in Brooklyn.

A resident of Crown Heights, Mr. Fletcher has since 1990 worked for Mr. Hynes, who was elected district attorney in 1989. He has worked to educate young people, improve relations between minority communities and law enforcement and helped advise the elderly on ways to avoid fraud.

Congratulations, Mr. Fletcher, for your amazing work over the years from all of us at NYU Arts and Science!

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