A Syracuse Police officer has been named the winner of the New York State Police Officer of the Year Award.

Officer Kelsey Francemone is the first woman to be honored as the sole recipient of the Award in its 33-year history.

Francemone was recognized for her actions on Father's Day 2016, when she disabled a gunman who began shooting during a large party at the James Geddes Apartments in Syracuse.

Lt. Governor Kathy Hochul presented the 24-year-old Francemone Thursday afternoon.

"Officer Francemone is not only a hero, but as the first female recipient of the Police Officer of the Year Award, is a great role model for women and girls across the state," said Hochul. "She faced up to every officer's worst nightmare and used her training and incredible bravery to confront it head on. Officer Francemone and the Officer of the Year nominees represent the strength and courage that Officers display across New York State every day."

The Police Officer of the Year Award was first presented in 1984 and recognizes a single police officer, or team of officers, for an exceptional act of valor symbolizing the service of police in New York State.

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