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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Friday, May 9, 2014



MAYOR BILL DE BLASIO AND POLICE COMMISSIONER WILLIAM J. BRATTON HONOR THIRTEEN FALLEN NEW YORK CITY MEMBERS OF THE DEPARTMENT

One Traffic Agent Who Died in the Line of Duty, as well as 12 Officers Who Died of Illnesses Developed After Responding to the September 11, 2001 Attacks Are Added to Police Headquarters Memorial Wall

Mayor Bill de Blasio and Police Commissioner William J. Bratton today presided over a Police Memorial Day ceremony at One Police Plaza honoring 13 members of the New York City Police Department. The following 12 members of the NYPD died of illnesses developed after performing rescue, recovery and clean-up work following the September 11, 2001 attacks: Lieutenant Steven Cioffi, Sergeant Michael McHugh, Detective 2nd Grade Carmen Figueroa, Detective 1st Grade John Kristoffersen, Detective 1st Grade Tommy Merriweather, Detective Traci Tack-Czajkowski, Detective Thomas Weiner, Jr., Police Officer Karen Barnes, Police Officer Ronald Becker, Jr., Police Officer Richard Holland, Police Officer Frank Macri, and Police Officer Francis Pitone. Traffic Enforcement Agent Level II Kalyanaratne Ranasinghe died from injuries received in a vehicle accident while on duty.


“Today, we remember men and women who gave their lives in the service of our city. In times of crisis or emergency, they ran into harm’s way,” said Mayor Bill de Blasio. “In dedicating their lives to help others, they typified heroism, courage, and selflessness. They represent the finest traditions of the NYPD. We remember their service and we honor their sacrifice.”

“These members we honor today exemplify the definition of heroism,” Police Commissioner William J. Bratton said. “They possessed a quality of spirit that enabled them to face extraordinary peril or pain in absence of fear. They gave their lives in service to all New Yorkers, and were great contributors to the safety provided by the NYPD every day. Today they join the roll call of honor that is our Hall of Heroes.” 


Lieutenant Steven L. CioffiLIEUTENANT STEVEN L. CIOFFI
Central Park Precinct
Lieutenant Steven L. Cioffi joined the New York City Police Department in February 1994, and began his career on patrol in the Central Park Precinct. He also served in the 41 Precinct and Police Service Area 8. He was promoted to Sergeant in December 2000 and to Lieutenant in March 2007. During his 19-year career, Lieutenant Cioffi made more than 40 arrests and was recognized five times for Excellent Police Duty. He died on March 5, 2013, at the age of 40.








Sergeant Michael J. McHugh
SERGEANT MICHAEL J. MCHUGH
Patrol Borough Manhattan South
Sergeant Michael J. McHugh joined the New York City Police Department in January 1986, and began his career on patrol in the 28 Precinct. He also served in the Auxiliary police Section, the Fleet Services Section, as well as the 17 Precinct. He was promoted to Sergeant in March 1994. During his 20-year career, Sergeant McHugh made more than 170 arrests, and was recognized six times for Excellent Police Duty and one time for
Meritorious Police Duty. Sergeant McHugh retired on January 16, 2006. He died on July 3, 2012, at the age of 49.







Detective Carmen M. FigueroaDETECTIVE SECOND GRADE CARMEN M. FIGUEROA
Major Case Squad
Detective Carmen M. Figueroa joined the New York City Housing Police Department in July 1983, and began her career on patrol in Police Service Area 6. She also served in Police Service Areas 3 and 4; the Special Investigation Division and the Missing Persons Squad. She was promoted to Detective in April 1995 and Detective Second Grade in June 2003. Detective Figueroa made more than 30 arrests during her 20-year career and was recognized three times for Excellent Police Duty and one time for Meritorious Police Duty. She earned a Masters degree in Education and Administration from the College of Staten Island. Detective Figueroa retired in August 2003. She died on May 26, 2013, at the age of 55.







Detective First Grade John F. KristoffersenDETECTIVE FIRST GRADE JOHN F. KRISTOFFERSEN
Brooklyn North Homicide Squad
Detective First Grade John F. Kristoffersen joined the New York City Police Department in January 1984, and began his career on patrol in the 79 Precinct. He also served in the 77 Precinct, the Narcotics Division, the Special Narcotics and Guns Unit, Narcotics Borough Brooklyn North, as well as the 77 Precinct Detective Squad. He was promoted to Detective in January 1991; Detective Second Grade in February 2003, and Detective First Grade in June 2007. Detective Kristoffersen made 700 arrests during his 27-year career and was recognized once for Excellent Police Duty, six times for Meritorious Police Duty, and is the recipient of a Commendation. Detective Kristoffersen died on August 25, 2012, at the age of 51.







Detective First Grade Tommy L. MerriweatherDETECTIVE FIRST GRADE TOMMY L. MERRIWEATHER
Firearms Suppression Division
Detective First Grade Tommy L. Merriweather joined the New York City Police Department in July 1989, and began his career on patrol in the 77 Precinct. He also served in the Narcotics Division, Manhattan North Narcotics West, Strategic and Tactical Command Narcotics Operations, Narcotics Division Manhattan North Initiative, Narcotics Division Bronx Initiative, as well as the Fleet Services Division. He was promoted to Detective in December 1992; Detective Second Grade in March 2001; and Detective First Grade in May 2005. Detective Merriweather made more than 70 arrests during his 20-year career. He served in the United States Army from 1982 to 1988 in the Infantry Division. Detective Merriweather retired on August 1, 2009, and died on January 21, 2013, at the age of 49.








Detective Traci L. Tack-CzajkowskiDETECTIVE TRACI L. TACK-CZAJKOWSKI
Drug Enforcement Task Force
Detective Traci L. Tack-Czajkowski joined the New York City Police Department in January 1986, and began her career on patrol in the 90 Precinct. She also served in the 94 Precicnt, the Narcotics Division, Bronx North Narcotics Division, Brooklyn South West Narcotics Division, Investigation Support Division, the Organized Crime Investigation Division and the Drug Enforcement Task Force. She was promoted to Detective in April 1989. During her 20-year career, Detective Tack-Czajkowski made more than 170 arrests, and was recognized three times for Excellent Police Duty and one time for Meritorious Police Duty. Detective Tack-Czajkowski retired on January 26, 2006. She died on January 15, 2013, at the age of 47.








Detective Thomas F. Weiner, Jr.DETECTIVE SECOND GRADE THOMAS F. WEINER, JR.
Medical Division
Detective Thomas F. Weiner, Jr. joined the New York City Transit Police Department in January 1985, and began his career on patrol in the Transit Bureau. He also served in the 48 Precinct Detective Squad, Transit District Operations, Transit Bureau VTF, the Detective Bureau TSIU, the Internal Affairs Bureau, and the Medical Division. He was promoted to Detective in June 1990 and to Detective Second Grade in April 2003. During his 18-year career, Detective Weiner made 226 arrests, and was recognized once for Excellent Police Duty, and is a 1988 Transit PD Medal for Merit recipient. Detective Weiner, Jr., died on May 3, 2003, at the age of 43.









Police Officer Karen E. BarnesPOLICE OFFICER KAREN E. BARNES
Housing Police Service Area 1
Police Officer Karen E. Barnes joined the New York City Housing Police Department in April 1991, and began her career on patrol in Police Service Area 1. She also served in Police Service Area 5. During her 20-year career, Police Officer Barnes made more than 120 arrests. Police Officer Barnes died on August 4, 2011, at the age of 45.










Police Officer Ronald G. Becker Jr.POLICE OFFICER RONALD G. BECKER JR.
42 Precinct
Police Officer Ronald G. Becker Jr. joined the New York City Police Department in July 1986, and began his career on patrol in 42 Precinct. During his 20-year career with the Department, Officer Becker made more than 50 arrests and was recognized once for Excellent Police Duty and once for Meritorious Police Duty. He also served in the United States Navy. Police Officer Becker Jr. retired on November 11, 2006. He died on August 19, 2012, at the age of 53.










Police Officer Richard G. HollandPOLICE OFFICER RICHARD G. HOLLAND
Transit District 20
Police Officer Richard G. Holland joined the New York City Transit Police Department in January 1985, and began his career on patrol in Transit District 20. During his 20-year career, Police Officer Holland made more than 40 arrests and was recognized twice for Excellent Police Duty. He is also the recipient of a Commendation. Police Officer Holland retired on February 1, 2005. He died on March 23, 2012, at the age of 59.










Police Officer Frank G. MacriPOLICE OFFICER FRANK G. MACRI
Housing Police Service Area 2
Police Officer Frank G. Macri joined the New York City Housing Police Department in February 1995, and began his career in Police Service Area 2. During his 12-year career with the Department, Officer Macri made more than 200 arrests and was recognized four times for Excellent Police Duty and once for Meritorious Police Duty. Police Officer Macri retired on November 11, 2006. He died on September 3, 2007, at the age of 51.











Police Officer Francis T. PitonePOLICE OFFICER FRANCIS T. PITONE
Housing Police Service Area 8
Police Officer Francis T. Pitone joined the New York City Housing Police Department on January 25, 1985, and began his career in Police Service Area 8. He also served in Police Service Area 4. During his 20-year career with the Department, Police Officer Marci made more than 75 arrests and was recognized 21 times for Excellent Police Duty and 12 times for Meritorious Police Duty. Police Officer Pitone retired on March 12, 2005. He died on August 11, 2013, at the age of 55.











Traffic Enforcement Agent (TEA) Level II Kalyanaratne RanasingheTEA LEVEL II KALYANARATNE RANASINGHE
Manhattan South Enforcement Section 2
Traffic Enforcement Agent (TEA) Level II Kalyanaratne Ranasinghe joined the New York City Police Department in December 2006, and began his career in the Manhattan South Enforcement Section. He was promoted to Traffic Enforcement Agent Level II in May 2005. Traffic Enforcement Agent Level II Ranasinghe died on November 30, 2013, at the age of 71 as a result of a line of duty traffic accident.


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