SCHENECTADY – City police Monday announced the sudden passing of a 10-year department veteran officer.
Patrolman Corey Shields joined the department in July 2011 and won numerous awards during his time, including one where he ran into a burning building and saved a man with a heart condition, the department said.
The cause of Shields’ passing was not released.
“The loss of Patrolman Shields has affected every member of the department,” officials said in a release. “On behalf of the Schenectady Police Department, we would like to thank the public for their thoughts, prayers, and support during these difficult times.”
Shields was a 2001 graduate of Guilderland High School and he later attended Hudson Valley Community College, SUNY Empire State College and the State University of New York at Brockport.
He then served with the New York State National Guard with the 139th Airlift Squadron as a loadmaster aboard a C-130 aircraft.
He flew more than 200 operational missions around the world, including in support of Arctic and Antarctic scientific research programs, the department recounted.
He also flew 75 combat hours in Afghanistan during Operation Enduring Freedom. He earned numerous medals and commendations, the department said.
With the Schenectady Police Department, Shields worked throughout the city, most recently on the day shift.
“During this time, he formed many friendships with fellow officers and members of the community,” the department wrote. “Patrolman Shields’ experience and dedication made him a valuable member of the department’s training unit..”
He was selected to become one of the department’s Procedural Justice instructors and spent time instructing at the Zone 5 Regional Law Enforcement Police Academy.
He received numerous awards as an officer, including a Departmental Citation for Bravery for rescuing the man from the burning State Street building.
In that April 2012 incident, Shields and anther officer cleared out a number of residents, one of them the man with the heart condition that would doomed him in the fire, officials said at the time of the 2013 citation.
At the 2013 ceremony, then-Police Chief Brian Kilcullen addressed addressed the actions of Shields and the other officer during the fire. “The actions of these officers bring great credit upon themselves and the Schenectady Police Department,” Kilcullen said then.
The department Monday also thanked others for their support.
“We would like to thank our public safety brothers and sisters (police, fire, communications, EMS) for being there for us, helping to keep the city safe while we process this loss.”
— Chief Eric S. Clifford (@CliffordChief) October 25, 2021