Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg and Police Commissioner Raymond W. Kelly presided today over an unveiling ceremony at the Police Memorial Wall in Battery Park honoring six members of the New York City Police Department who died in the line of duty in 2011 and 2012. Detective Fermin Archer died from injuries he sustained in an on-duty vehicle accident on July 13, 2011. Five other members succumbed to illnesses contracted during the rescue and recovery efforts following the 9/11 terrorist attacks. The names of Detective Fermin Archer, Captain Dennis Morales, Lieutenant Christopher Pupo, Sergeant Garrett Danza, Detective Alick Herrmann and Police Officer Denis McLarney were inscribed on the granite Police Memorial Wall in Battery Park and unveiled during a ceremony.|
“The Police Memorial Wall bears the names of nearly 800 members of New York’s Finest who have given their own lives so that the rest of us may live in peace and safety,” said Mayor Bloomberg. “The greatness of our city is reflected in these names, and they tell the story of New York: its struggles and victories, and its transformation from a capital of violence and crime to the safest big city in America.”
“I often pass this memorial and admire its quiet and simple dignity, designed to symbolize the life of a police officer from his very first day on the job until the end of his watch,” Commissioner Kelly said. “This year, we add the names of six outstanding police officers devoted to law enforcement and to New York City, united in a common mission to aid and protect the public. We gather a few blocks from where many of them spent days on end, twelve years ago. We owe each of them a tremendous debt of gratitude for their many years of exceptional service as members of the Police Department.”
Captain Dennis Morales
Emergency Service Unit
Captain Dennis Morales joined the New York City Police Department in January 1992, and began his career on patrol in the 7 Precinct. He has also served in the 10, 60 and 88 Precincts, as well as Police Service Area 9; the Street Crime Unit, Patrol Borough Manhattan South SU, the Patrol Borough Manhattan South Task Force, Housing Special Operations, Patrol Borough Bronx, and the Emergency Service Unit. He was promoted to Sergeant in August 1997; Lieutenant in August 2000; and Captain in March 2004. During his 18-year career with the Department, Captain Morales, a graduate of St. Joseph's College, made 93 arrests, and was recognized six times for Excellent Police Duty and two times for Meritorious Police Duty. Captain Morales retired on July 30, 2010, and died on July 27, 2012, at the age of 50.
Lieutenant Christopher Pupo
Lieutenant Christopher Pupo joined the New York City Police Department in August 1998, and began his career on patrol in the 52 Precinct. He also served in the 26 and 41 Precincts; the Employee Management Division, the Internal Affairs Bureau, the Emergency Service Unit, and Emergency Service Squads 4 and 8. He was promoted to Sergeant in February 2004 and to Lieutenant in December 2009. During his 14-year career with the Department, Lieutenant Pupo made more than 200 arrests, and was recognized 24 times for Excellent Police Duty and nine times for Meritorious Police Duty. He earned both a bachelor's and master's degree in Psychology from Iona College and Long Island University, respectively. Lieutenant Pupo died on June 23, 2012, at the age of 40.
Sergeant Garrett Danza
Sergeant Garrett Danza joined the New York City Police Department in January 1983, and began his career on patrol in the 34 Precinct. He also served in the 69 Precinct and the Communications Division. He was promoted to Sergeant in March 1994. During his 20-year career, Sergeant Danza made nearly 200 arrests and was recognized two times for Excellent Police Duty and two times for Meritorious Police Duty. Sergeant Danza retired on January 24, 2003 and died on July 11, 2012, at the age of 58.
Detective Alick Herrmann
100 Precinct Detective Squad
Detective Alick Herrmann joined the New York City Police Department in January 1986, and began his career on patrol in the 75 Precinct. He also served in the Brooklyn South East Narcotics Division, Queens North and South Narcotics Divisions; Vice; the Auto Crime Division; and the 102 and 100 Precinct Detective Squads. He was promoted to Detective in December 1991; and Detective Second Grade in May 2005. Detective Herrmann made nearly 400 arrests during his 20-year career and was recognized six times for Excellent Police Duty, five times for Meritorious Police Duty, and is the recipient of a Commendation. Detective Herrmann retired on January 13, 2006, and died on December 23, 2011, at the age of 49.
Detective Fermin Archer
Detective Fermin Archer joined the New York City Transit Police Department in July 1985, and began his career in Transit District 3. He also served in Transit District 2, the Warrant Section, the office of the Deputy Commissioner of Operations; the Police Commissioner's Office, the New York County District Attorney's Office, and the Warrant Section's Regional Fugitive Task Force. He was promoted to Detective in December 1990; Detective Second Grade in December 1995; and Detective First Grade in December 2000. Detective Archer, a 1991 Combat Cross recipient, made more than 100 arrests during his 26-career. He was also recognized twice for Excellent Police Duty, once for Meritorious Police Duty, and is the recipient of a Commendation. Detective Archer died from injuries received in a vehicle accident while on duty, at the age of 48.
Police Officer Denis McLarney
Brooklyn Court Section
Police Officer Denis McLarney joined the New York City Police Department in July 1996, and began his career on patrol in the 73 Precinct. He also served in the Patrol Borough Brooklyn North Task Force and the Brooklyn Court Section. During his 13-year career, he was recognized four times for Excellent Police Duty and once for Meritorious Police Duty. Police Officer McLarney retired on December 31, 2009 and died on March 1, 2012, at the age of 49.
Created in honor of those who lost their lives in the line of duty, the Police Memorial is located at Liberty Street and South End Avenue and was dedicated in October 1997. The memorial has a total of 780 names including the six members honored today. The granite wall with the names of officers and the dates they died are inscribed, a small fountain and the open pool are referred to as the “Sacred Precinct” by its architect Stuart Crawford.