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Wednesday, October 13, 2010


2010 Medal of Honor Recipient Detective Omar Edwards Joins Hundreds of Names on Police Memorial in Battery Park

A police officer views the granite Police Memorial Wall at a ceremony honoring the lives of Detective Omar Edwards and 11 New York City police officers who died of 9/11-related illness.

Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg and Police Commissioner Raymond W. Kelly today commemorated the lives of Detective Omar Edwards and 11 New York City police officers who worked at the World Trade Center site and have since died. Detective Edwards' and the names of Inspector Richard Winter, Lieutenant Brian Mohamed, Lieutenant Gerald Rex, Detective Michael Morales, Police Officer Daniel Conroy, Police Officer Renee Dunbar, Police Officer Louise Johnston, Police Officer Vito Mauro, Police Officer Gary Mausberg, Police Officer Christopher McMurry and Police Officer Robert Nicosia, were inscribed on the granite Police Memorial Wall in Battery Park and unveiled during a ceremony Wednesday.

"New Yorkers owe a debt of gratitude to these men and women who answered the call for help during our city's greatest hour of need," said Mayor Bloomberg. "We owe them our solemn commitment to honor their memories care for everyone affected by the attacks. We've made the creation of a dedicated, Federal funding stream for research and treatment of 9/11-related health conditions one of our highest priorities, and we're closer to achieving it than ever before. Two weeks ago, the James Zadroga 9/11 Health and Compensation Act was passed by House of Representatives and we are working to get the same version of the bill passed in the Senate. God willing we'll succeed."

"The 12 men and women whose names are inscribed here demonstrated throughout their careers the dedication and courage that is exemplary of the life of a police officer," said Commissioner Kelly. "They will always be in our memories and in our hearts. Thanks to the devoted care given by the Battery Park City Authority to this site, millions of visitors will come to this 'sacred precinct' to pay respects and give thanks for their courage and sacrifice."

Chief of Department Joseph Esposito, Police Commissioner Raymond W. Kelly and Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg honor those whose newly-inscribed names were unveiled on the granite Police Memorial Wall in Battery Park City.

The officers whose names are inscribed on the wall are below:

Detective Omar Edwards joined the NYPD in 2007 and was assigned to the Housing Bureau, where he served Police Service Area 2 and the Housing Bureau's Impact Response Team. He was killed by police fire May 28, 2009 and posthumously promoted to Detective.

Inspector Richard Winter served the Department for 37 years, retiring in 2004. In the aftermath of the 9/11 attacks, he led the Fleet Services Division's repairs of half of the Emergency Service fleet in just 48 hours. Inspector Winter served the 73rd, 66th, 79th, 109th precincts, Employee Management Division, Communication Division, Electronics Section, Quartermaster Section, the Inter-City Correspondence Unit, Brooklyn South Internal Affairs Unit, Chief of Department's Strategic Analysis Section, Compstat & Trafficstat Units, and the Fleet Services Division.

Lieutenant Brian Mohamed joined the Police Department in 1992 and served until his death in March 2009. Lieutenant Mohamed worked in the 24th Precinct, Narcotics Borough Manhattan, Narcotics Borough Bronx, 30th Precinct, Internal Affairs Bureau, Police Commissioner's Office and 20th Precinct, where he was remembered for rushing to his fellow officer's aid.

Lieutenant Gerald Rex served the Department for 39 years before his retirement in 2007, working in the 17th, 77th, 120th, and 123rd Precincts and Patrol Borough Manhattan South. He joined the Department after serving in the Vietnam war. Lieutenant Rex earned 15 medals and achieved an outstanding 27 consecutive years of perfect attendance. His two sons, Anthony and Gerald, are a Sergeant and Detective, respectively, in the NYPD.

Detective Michael Morales also joined the NYPD after serving in Vietnam, where he received a Purple Heart. In his 29 years with the Department, he served in the 7th Precinct, Patrol Borough Manhattan South, 67th Precinct Detective Squad, Staten Island "Crimes Against Persons" Squad and 122nd Precinct Detective Squad. Detective Morales earned eight medals during his career.

Police Officer Daniel Conroy served 19 years with the Department, in the 40th Pct., 111th Precinct, and Property Clerk Division, where he helped to voucher 54,000 items recovered from Ground Zero and was assigned to the City morgue.

Police Officer Renee Dunbar made a remarkable 748 arrests during her 21 years with the Department, which she served in the 40th and 103rd Precincts. Accordingly, Officer Dunbar was the recipient of 16 departmental recognitions, including an honorable mention for her role in a gun battle with, and the subsequent apprehension of, an attempted murder suspect.

Police Officer Louise Johnston served the Department for 21 years in the 67th Precinct and Patrol Borough Brooklyn South Task Force before her death in March 2007. Officer Johnston earned five medals during her career.

Police Officer Vito Mauro served for 18 years in the 67th Precinct and Police Service Area 4, before passing away in December 2008. He made 131 arrests and earned seven department recognitions.

Police Officer Gary Mausberg made 117 arrests during his 15 years with the Department, in the Midtown South and 73rd Precincts. He earned two police medals.

Police Officer Christopher McMurry served all 15 of his years with the Department in Brooklyn's 77th Precinct until his passing in December 2008. The North Carolina native served in the Navy before moving to New York to fulfill his goal of becoming an NYPD officer.

Police Officer Robert Nicosia was an instructor in the NYPD Firearms Training Unit and later the Technical Assistance & Response Unit. He served the Department for 20 years. As a member of TARU, Officer Nicosia helped to locate one of the last survivors to be pulled from the rubble at Ground Zero. His son, Joseph, wears his shield as a Police Officer in the 103rd Precinct.

The Police Department in 2002 began monitoring, and providing treatment as necessary to members of the service who worked on September 11.  All uniformed members of the NYPD who believe they may have 9/11 related symptoms are eligible for an evaluation, as well as treatment and monitoring, at either the NYPD Medical Division or one of four exam sites in Manhattan Queens and Staten Island provided by the The World Trade Center Medical Monitoring Program.

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