MINEOLA, NY — A Nassau County police officer who was nearly killed in the line of duty by a drunken driver 13 years ago was raised to the rank of detective by county officials yesterday in a ceremony held in Mineola.
Det. Kennth Baribault was injured in what would have been a routine traffic stop on the Long Island Expressway in Plainview back in 2008. Baribualt had pulled over a suspected drunk driver, and as he was exiting his patrol car, he was struck by another driver, who was driving drunk, and was critically injured. He was in a coma for months and attended physical rehabilitation for years following the crash, and now walks with a cane, CBS Local reported.
Police Commissioner Patrick Ryder said that no one has done more for the department than Baribault. “Today, he is a first grade Detective, a first-grade person, his family a first-grade people in our society,” Ryder said in the ceremony on Tuesday.
Baribault, who attended the ceremony via zoom due to the COVID-19 pandemic, was among 15 police officers who had their rank raised by Nassau County Executive Laura Curran and Commissioner of Police Patrick J. Ryder. In addition to Baribault, 14 Detectives Second Grade — about over 400 years in combined investigative experience — were raised to the newly-formed rank of Detective First Grade. This newly appointed rank was the outcome of negotiations by the county and the Detectives Association to acknowledge each investigator’s individual experience, expertise, and talents, according to a news release from Curran’s office.