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October 14, 2008
MAYOR BLOOMBERG AND POLICE COMMISSIONER KELLY HONOR 16 POLICE OFFICERS AND AUXILIARY POLICE OFFICERS AT NEW YORK CITY POLICE MEMORIAL
Auxiliary Police Officers Join Over 700 Members of the Police Department Whose Names are Inscribed on the Police Memorial Wall in Battery Park City
Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg and Police Commissioner Raymond W. Kelly today honored nine fallen New York City Police Officers and seven Auxiliary Police Officers at a ceremony at the New York City Police Memorial in Battery Park City. The names added to those of over 700 other officers whose sacrifices in the line of duty are commemorated on the memorial wall are Police Officer Thomas Brophy, Police Officer James Godbee, Detective Kevin Hawkins, Police Officer Angelo Peluso, Detective Russel Timoshenko, Police Officer Ronald Weintraub, Detective Robert Williamson, Detective John Young and Detective James Zadroga. In addition this year, Auxiliary Police Officer Milton Clarke, Auxiliary Police Sergeant Larry Cohen, Auxiliary Police Sergeant Noel Faide, Auxiliary Police Sergeant David Freed, Auxiliary Police Officer Eugene Marshalik, Auxiliary Police Officer Nicholas Pekearo and Auxiliary Police Officer Armando Rosario join the names inscribed on the granite memorial, in recognition of their volunteer police service to the City of New York.
"Today, we have the opportunity to honor the heroic sacrifices that have gotten us here," said Mayor Bloomberg. "Some of those sacrifices were recent, while others, made decades ago, might have been lost to history were it not for this memorial. The sixteen men we add to the wall this year all demonstrated their bravery in different ways, but what binds them to each other - and to us - is their unfailing service to New York City."
"The loss of any police officer reverberates throughout the City and is suffered deeply by his family and the community he dedicates his life to protecting and serving," said Police Commissioner Raymond W. Kelly. "Today we pay the utmost respect to 16 individuals who made the ultimate sacrifice for the sake of their fellow citizens."
Detective Russel Timoshenko died July 14, 2007 after being shot at close range five days earlier during an attempted car stop in Brooklyn. He and his partner Detective Herman Yan were approaching a sports utility vehicle bearing stolen license plates when they were fired upon. Their assailants were apprehended after a multi-day manhunt that ended in Pennsylvania. Detective Timoshenko joined the Department in January 2006 and was a police officer in the 71st Precinct. He was promoted posthumously to Detective.
Detective Kevin G. Hawkins died May 7, 2007 of 9-11 related illness after serving over 20 years with the Department. He worked in the 17th Precinct, the Executive Protection Unit of the Intelligence Division, and the Patrol Borough Manhattan South Task Force, as well as in the rescue, recovery and clean-up effort at the World Trade Center site. Detective Hawkins was recognized three times for excellent police duty and meritorious service.
Detective Robert W. Williamson died May 13, 2007 of 9-11 related illness after serving 20 years with the Patrol Borough Manhattan South Anti-Crime unit. He made 203 felony arrests and was recognized 38 times in his career for excellent police duty, meritorious service and other commendations. Detective Williamson was a part of the rescue, recovery and clean-up effort at the World Trade Center site.
Detective John T. Young died in February 2007 of 9-11 related illness after serving 20 years. He worked in the Midtown South Precinct and was a member of the Detective squad there, as well as in the 34th and 50th Precincts. He made 203 felony arrests and received eight recognitions for excellent police duty and two for meritorious service in his career. In addition to the rescue, recovery and clean-up effort at the World Trade Center site, Detective Young worked at the Fresh Kills Landfill in Staten Island after the Sept. 11 attacks.
Detective James Zadroga died in January 2006 of 9-11 related illness after serving nearly 11 years with the Department. He worked in the 6th Precinct, and 25th Precinct Detective squad, as well the Detective Borough Manhattan South Homicide Task Force, the Street Crime Unit and Patrol Borough Bronx Anti-Crime unit. Detective Zadroga made 136 felony arrests and received 31 recognitions for excellent police duty and seven for meritorious service. He worked in the rescue, recovery and clean-up effort at the World Trade Center site.
Police Officer Angelo Peluso died in May 2006 of 9-11 related illness. He served for over 18 years, in the Department's 10th Precinct, the Detective Bureau Criminal Identification Unit, Photo Unit and License Division. Officer Peluso received two excellent police duty, and two meritorious service recognitions. He also was a part of the rescue, recovery and clean-up effort at the World Trade Center site.
Police Officer James J. Godbee died in December 2004 of 9-11 related illness after 18 years of service in the 28th Precinct and Manhattan Housing Borough. Officer Godbee was recognized three times in his career for meritorious service, and worked in the rescue, recovery and clean-up effort at the World Trade Center site, as well as was assigned to various posts in Lower Manhattan after the September 11, 2001 attacks.
Police Officer Ronald E. Weintraub died in November 2005 of 9-11 related illness after 15 years with the Department. He worked in the Midtown South Precinct and was recognized five times in his career for excellent police duty and meritorious service. Officer Weintraub also provided rescue, recovery and clean-up efforts at the World Trade Center site.
Police Officer Thomas G. Brophy died in April 2005 of 9-11 related illness after 11 years of service in the 114th and 109th Precincts and Fleet Services Division. He too received recognition for excellent police duty. Officer Brophy worked in the rescue, recovery and clean-up effort at the World Trade Center as well as covered various posts in Lower Manhattan after the attacks.
Auxiliary Police Officers Eugene Marshalik and Nicholas T. Pekearo were killed in March 2007 by a deranged gunman who shot and killed a pizzeria employee in Manhattan's Greenwich Village before assaulting and firing upon the two auxiliary police partners who had followed him to observe and report his changing locations as he fled the murder scene. Officers Marshalik and Pekearo were members of the volunteer police team in the 6th Precinct.
Auxiliary Police Sergeants Larry Cohen and Noel Faide served as volunteer police officers for six and 17 years, respectively, when they were struck and killed by a vehicle on the New England Thruway during an investigation of an abandoned automobile in January 1989. Both sergeants had been assigned to Highway Unit 1.
Auxiliary Police Officer Milton Clarke was off duty at his place of work on December 1, 1993 when he heard and ran toward the sound of gunfire in the 47th Precinct. He was shot in the chest by the gunman and died. APO Clarke was assigned to the 52nd Precinct Auxiliary Emergency Service Unit and had been a volunteer police officer for two years.
Auxiliary Police Sergeant David Freed was on patrol in Central Park when he and his partner were attacked by an emotionally disturbed person. Auxiliary Police Sergeant Freed was struck repeatedly with a baton and died as a result of his injuries in September 1975. He served the Auxiliary Police force for two and-a-half years.
Auxiliary Police Officer Armando Rosario was off duty when he witnessed a gunpoint robbery in the 46th Precinct to which he was assigned. Auxiliary Police Officer Rosario followed the perpetrator on foot and was shot three times. He died of his injuries in March 1992 after six years of volunteer police service. The perpetrator was arrested and charged with murder, robbery and criminal possession of a weapon.
The names of all New York City police officers killed in the line of duty can
be found on the NYPD web site, available at www.nyc.gov.
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