Six current and deceased NYPD officers from Long Island -- including two who were wounded in action -- were among those honored Tuesday during the department's annual Medal Day ceremony.
Awarded the Combat Cross were Sgt. Kevin Brennan, 29, of Garden City Park, and Det. Kevin Herlihy, 48, of Lynbrook.
Four deceased retired officers from Long Island were awarded the Distinguished Service Medal after contracting illnesses related to 9/11 recovery work: Det. Alick Herrmann, 49, of East Meadow, who died Dec. 23, 2011; Officer Denis McLarney, 49, of Oceanside, March 1, 2012; Sgt. Garrett Danza, 58, of Manorville, July 11, 2012; and Capt. Dennis Morales, 50, of Merrick, July 27, 2012.
Brennan, working an anti-crime patrol in Brooklyn, was shot in the head on Jan. 31, 2012, as he grappled with a shooting suspect that he had pursued on foot.
On Feb. 11, 2012, Herlihy was shot while trying to arrest an armed suspect on a warrant in a Harlem subway station. Despite his arm wound, Herlihy returned fire, killing the suspect.
Both Brennan and Herlihy were hospitalized for their wounds and have since returned to duty, officials said.
Speaking to reporters after Tuesday's ceremony, Brennan, joined by his wife, Janet, and 18-month-old daughter, Maeve, said the path to recovery is still lined with good and bad days.
"Today is a good day," Brennan, 29, said, smiling.
A total of 43 officers were recognized for their service at the ceremony held at police headquarters in Manhattan, presided over by Mayor Michael Bloomberg and Police Commissioner Ray Kelly.
The top award, the NYPD Medal of Honor, was presented to Det. Ivan Marcano. Last October, the off-duty cop was wounded as he tried to stop a robbery in the Bronx.
Despite suffering a chest wound, Marcano managed to return fire, killing one suspect and chasing two others. Bloomberg and Kelly promoted Marcano to detective last October while the officer was in his hospital bed.
"It was an amazing feeling, like no other," said Marcano, 27, of the Bronx.
Recalling the night he sprang into action, Marcano said he took a deep breath and let his police training kick in. But he's certain he had other help, too.
"I think God was with me," he said.