Valor Award – CO Jeff Badendyck, Shawangunk CF
by Stephanie Flanagan | Aug 24, 2016
(Above: CO Steven Marasco accepts the Valor Award for CO Jeff Badendyck)
In the afternoon of March 18, 2016, Correction Officer Jeff Badendyck from Shawangunk Correctional Facility had just started working at his brother’s when he heard tires screeching and a loud thud. Although he didn’t see what happened, he knew it was a bad car accident. Officer Badendyck was the first person on the scene and wasn’t prepared for what he was about to see. A car had skidded off the road, hit an embankment and flew at least 50′ in the air striking a tree 7′ off the ground.
Officer Badendyck climbed into the car to assess the driver. She was unresponsive but alive. After climbing back out of the car he noticed a child seat about 12′ from the car laying face down. He then realized there was a toddler underneath it lying on his back, unresponsive, but alive. He lifted the child’s seat up and noticed the toddler wasn’t secured in the seat anymore , but the harness was still buckled together. Jeff then covered the child with a coat and kept his head from moving until EMS and Police arrived on the scene. NYSCOPBA commends Officer Badendyck for his quick thinking in a stressful situation.