FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
October 14, 2004
MAYOR MICHAEL R. BLOOMBERG AND POLICE COMMISSIONER RAYMOND W. KELLY HONOR DETECTIVES JAMES V. NEMORIN AND RODNEY J. ANDREWS AT NEW YORK CITY POLICE MEMORIAL
Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg, Police Commissioner Raymond W. Kelly and Battery Park City Authority Chairman James Gill today honored Detectives James V. Nemorin and Rodney J. Andrews at a ceremony at the New York City Police Memorial in Battery Park City. Detectives Nemorin and Andrews were killed in the line of duty on March 10, 2003 during an undercover operation to buy illegal guns on Staten Island. Their names were inscribed on the memorial wall.
"With their names inscribed on the memorial wall, we ensure that Detectives James V. Nemorin and Rodney J. Andrews will forever be remembered for their bravery and dedication," said Mayor Bloomberg. "Each and every day they worked to get guns off our streets and contributed immeasurably to keeping New York the safest big city in America, and we will never forget them."
"By adding these names, we ensure that anyone visiting here in the future will be reminded of all those who made the ultimate sacrifice so that countless New Yorkers could have better, safer lives," said Commissioner Kelly.
Detectives Nemorin and Andrews, both assigned to the Organized Crime Control Bureau, Firearms Investigation Unit, were murdered during an undercover operation in Tompkinsville, Staten Island. They were posing as gun buyers and were both murdered by those who were supposed to sell them the guns. Six men have been indicted in their killings.
Detective Nemorin joined the Department in July 1996 and began his career on patrol in the Housing Bureau's PSA 1. After working in Brooklyn South Narcotics, he was promoted to Detective in 2000. Detective Nemorin earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in criminal justice from John Jay College in 1996. Detective Nemorin was born in Haiti, moved to the United States at the age of 21 and resided in Nassau County. He is survived by his wife Rose and their children, Stephan, Rodolphe and Sarah; parents, Jeanine and Aubriant; sisters, Murielle, Gisele, Jessie, Marie-Jean Etienne and Karen Benoit; and brothers, Rodolphe and Petion. Detective Nemorin was 36 years old.
Detective Andrews also joined the Department in July 1996 and was assigned to patrol the 23rd precinct. After honing his abilities in Brooklyn North Narcotics, he was promoted to Detective in 2001. Detective Andrews was a veteran of the United States Navy, honorably discharged in 1991. He resided in Queens and is survived by his former spouse, Maryann, and their sons, Christian and Justin; mother, Patricia; and sister, Felicia Ryan. Detective Andrews was 34 years old.
The Police Memorial is dedicated to New York City Police Officers killed in the line of duty; the memorial serves as a symbol of their life and death. The design is composed of two distinct parts in which water is used as a metaphor in both. A fountain and a flume represent the life of a police officer. The death of the Police Officer is commemorated in an outdoor room defined by two parallel granite walls and depressed thirty inches below the esplanade.
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