FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
May 7, 2004
MAYOR MICHAEL R. BLOOMBERG AND POLICE COMMISSIONER RAYMOND W. KELLY HONOR DETECTIVES RODNEY J. ANDREWS AND JAMES V. NEMORIN AT MEMORIAL WALL AT ONE POLICE PLAZA
Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg and Police Commissioner Raymond W. Kelly today honored Detective Rodney J. Andrews and Detective James V. Nemorin by adding their names to the Memorial Wall at One Police Plaza. Undercover Detectives Andrews and Nemorin were murdered on March 10, 2003 while attempting to purchase illegal firearms. Mayor Bloomberg and Commissioner Kelly honored the two fallen officers at the annual memorial service for those members of the Police Department who lose their lives while protecting the people of New York City during the previous year. Their families joined the Mayor and Commissioner at the ceremony.
"Today we continue the tradition at One Police Plaza of paying tribute to the men and women of the New York Police Department who have given their lives to protect the rest of us," said Mayor Bloomberg. "During their years at the NYPD, Detectives Andrews and Nemorin exposed themselves to the most dangerous situations imaginable in order to take guns off the street so New York could remain the safest city in America. Adding their names to the wall ensures that their immeasurable dedication, courageous service and sacrifice will never be forgotten."
"Detectives Nemorin and Andrews inserted themselves into the most dangerous police work that exists. Their primary goal as members of this Department was to make our streets safer. And for that, we owe them our deepest gratitude," said Police Commissioner Kelly. "Today we commemorate their courage, we honor their valor, and we consecrate their names to this Memorial Wall, so that all who pass through here can honor them and always remember their ultimate sacrifice."
Detectives Andrews and Nemorin were shot and killed during an undercover operation in Tompkinsville, Staten Island. They were the first police officers to die in the line of duty since the attack on the World Trade Center on September 11, 2001, and the first shot to death since 1998. The detectives were posing as gun buyers and were both shot dead by those who were supposed to sell them the guns. Six men have been indicted in their killings.
Detective Andrews joined the Police Department on July 18, 1996. He served in the 23rd Precinct, the Manhattan North Task Force, Brooklyn North Narcotics, and the Firearms Investigation Unit. While assigned to the Manhattan North Task Force, he was honored with a Meritorious Police Duty award for his work in initiating and conducting a fencing operation that led to 12 arrests. He is survived by his former spouse, Maryann; his children, Christian and Justin; his mother, Patricia Marion; and his sister, Neulinda Bryant. Detective Andrews was 34 years old.
Detective Nemorin also joined the Police Department on July 18, 1996. He served in the Housing Bureau's PSA 1, the Brooklyn South Narcotics Division, and the Firearms Investigation Unit. He was born in Haiti, and moved to the United States at the age of 21. He attended the John Jay College of Criminal Justice and served as a Police Cadet until his appointment to the Department. He was an avid sports fan and played on the PBA's soccer team. He is survived by his wife, Rose; his children, Stephan, Rodolph and Sarah; his mother, Jeanine; his father, Aubriant; his sisters, Murielle, Gisele, Jessie, Marie-Jean Etienne, and Karene Benoit; and his brothers, Rodolph and Petion. Detective Nemorin was 36 years old.
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