Volunteer firefighter honored by SUNY university police chiefs for help in February blaze at Canton
Monday, July 2, 2012 - 5:16 pm

Pictured are University Police Lieutenant Brian Kurish, University Police Chief Lisa Colbert, award recipient criminal investigation major Eli Max, Criminal Investigation Associate Professor Susan Buckley, and Criminal Investigation Instructor Elizabeth A. Erickson.

CANTON -- A volunteer firefighter and EMT who responded to the fire in Cook Hall at SUNY Canton in February has been honored by the SUNY University Police Chiefs Association.

Eli Max, a criminal investigation major from Freeport who lives in Canton, recently received the $500 Dr. McBride Criminal Justice Student Achievement Award.

“Eli represents the attributes we look for and foster in our students,” said Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs Carli C. Schiffner.

Max is a student dispatcher for the SUNY Canton University Police, a volunteer firefighter and EMT with both the Freeport Fire Department and the Canton Volunteer Fire Department. He is also the secretary for the Criminal Justice Student Organization,

After graduation, Max hopes to become a detective with the New York City Police Department.

Max was one of the inaugural members of the “Be Proud” program, which is designed around the criminal justice certificate program and offers courses mirroring a professional work environment.

“Eli was one of the first firefighters on the scene of our Feb. 10 fire in Cook Hall,” said Elizabeth A. Erickson. “He’s demonstrated a commitment to his course work and excellent time management skills. He has maintained excellent grades on top of working long nights and weekends.”

The Dr. McBride Criminal Justice Student Achievement Award is given annually in recognition of Dr. Bruce McBride, who is heralded as establishing professional requirements for university police officers.