BROOKLYN - An NYPD aviation team was honored today for its heroic work rescuing two West Point cadets who were stuck on a cliff early Sunday morning.

Police Commissioner Ray Kelly recognized the five-man team, shaking each of their hands during a ceremony today. The men had been called into action to retrieve the stranded cadets from an 18-inch wide landing.

The men had to battle wind gusts of up to 50 mph as they navigated their helicopter on the side of the mountain. They said that the rescue was dangerous and scary at times, but they are happy the cadets are safely recuperating.