An Adams man who 11 years ago ended his professional firefighting career to be a state trooper has been recognized by Oneida Troop D Headquarters as the Outstanding BCI Member of the year.
Joseph P. Simpson, stationed at Pulaski, leads the state in case adoptions by members of the Bureau of Criminal Investigation, according to a released statement from the Oneida troop. He has taken on 146 cases this year. The troops average for investigators is 110. Among those cases in the first 11 months were 39 burglaries, 14 grand larcenies, 11 sex offenses, eight child endangerment issues, four deaths, four serious assaults and four illegal weapon incidents.
Mr. Simpsons involvement in all those cases is in addition to his participation in Oneidas Contaminated Crime Scene Emergency Response Team, which requires travel to any of the seven counties in the troop when methamphetamine labs are discovered.
He was a city of Watertown firefighter until 2001, when he joined the state police. Mr. Simpson was promoted to investigator in March 2008.