Daily News staffers take top honors at New York Associated Press Association awards

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But it was a poignant picture of a young boys first day of school last year that took the top trophy.Little Lincoln Rivera was just 2 years old when his father Mark Rivera an NYPD officer died after an off-duty heart attack.Two years later as Lincoln went with his mother for his first day of preschool a contingent of Riveras colleagues lined the pavement where he walked and Daily News photographer Jefferson Siegel was there to capture the moment.I was walking ahead of them said Siegel who won The APs top prize. I sensed everybody stopped. His mother had to console him.Siegels photo shared the emotion on display when a cops two families come together.This is an absolutely beautiful picture quiet and poignant moving and memorable the press association said in its citation. This image really brings you into the emotional heart of this story. Really well done.A light-hearted shot of a rare encounter in the city earned News veteran Todd Maisel a top prize for spot news photo.Maisel was in Mill Basin when a pair of slippery raccoons were caught napping on a school bus. Cops were called but they couldnt catch the critters.I still dont know what was going to happen if he grabbed that thing Maisel said. I was thinking Whats he going to do with a crazy raccoon Writer Rich Schapiro photographer Marcus Santos and interactive designers Joseph Murphy and Kelli Parker all earned prizes for a News series on New Yorks opioid epidemic.Other winners included Anthony DelMundo whose Chaos in Times Square photo earned a second-place spot news prize; James Keivom whose “Bike Path Bloodbath” pic earned third place in the spot news category; and Susan Watts who took second- and third-place prizes in the feature photo category including Wed-Letter Day for Finest ” a shot of a surprise marriage proposal by a police officer to his girlfriend.Debbie Egan-Chin also won a second-place prize in the online gallery category for “Graveyard of Overdoses her contribution to the News Opioid Nation drug overdose series.

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