FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
April 24, 2008
STATEMENT BY MAYOR MICHAEL R. BLOOMBERG ON AWARD OF FEDERAL DEATH BENEFITS FOR AUXILIARY POLICE OFFICERS MARSHALIK AND PEKEARO
Mayor Bloomberg, Who Wrote To and Called US Attorney General Mukasey on the Marshalik and Pekearo Families' Behalf, Tonight Issued the Following Statement:
"NYPD Auxiliary Police Officers Yevgeniy Eugene Marshalik and Nicholas Pekearo were two brave men who sacrificed their lives to protect the lives of others. In the wake of their tragic murders, the City of New York did the just and honorable thing by awarding them the death benefits available to police officers under New York City Law. As members of New York's Finest, Officers Marshalik and Pekearo should, without question, also have been covered by the Public Safety Officers Benefits Act. On behalf of all New Yorkers, I applaud the United States Department of Justice for rewarding the courageous, selfless acts performed by these two men to the full extent that Congress intended and thank Senator Schumer and Commissioner Kelly for making the case for these officers so effectively."
Stu Loeser/ John Gallagher (212) 788-2958