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May 9, 2011


Nine Uniformed Members of the Service and One Civilian Who Died of Illnesses Developed after September 11, 2001 Attacks Are Recognized on Memorial Inside Police Headquarters

Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg and Police Commissioner Raymond W. Kelly today presided over a Police Memorial Day ceremony honoring 10 members of the New York City Police Department who died of illnesses developed after performing rescue, recovery and clean-up work following the September 11, 2001 attacks. The names of nine uniformed officers, including a detective, sergeant, lieutenant and inspector, and a civilian auto mechanic were unveiled on plaques in the “Hall of Heroes” inside Police Headquarters at One Police Plaza.

“This year, we recognize 10 men who took part in rescue and recovery efforts after the attack on the World Trade Center,” said Mayor Bloomberg. “This is a ceremony that arouses both deep pride and renewed sorrow every year – pride because we recall the bravery and devotion of those to whom we pay tribute and sorrow because we know that their lives, like the lives of all those whose names enshrined on this wall, ended far too soon. Mixed with pride and sorrow is a third emotion: determination. A determination to honor their lives by carrying on the mission for which they died: protecting the safety of our city and people. So may God bless their memories and may God bless the NYPD.”

“The 10 members of the Police Department whom we honor today gave their lives in service to the United States of America,” Commissioner Kelly said. “Their sacrifice was the culmination of years of dedicated public service that helped to make New York a better, safer city. For this we are deeply proud and eternally grateful.”

The officers and civilian who were recognized Monday are:

Inspector Donald G. Feser served in the 50th Precinct, Highway Division and Manhattan Traffic Task Force, was twice recognized for Excellent Police Duty and received an Honorable Mention during his 37-year career. A member of the Manhattan Traffic Task Force since 1995, he served as its Executive Officer and Commanding Officer, and survived his vehicle being crushed when the towers fell. Inspector Feser was instrumental in helping emergency vehicles pass and civilians escape on September 11th. Inspector Feser was 67.

Lieutenant Carlos J. Ocasio served the Department for 24 years, working in the 44th Precinct, Bronx North Narcotics Division, 28th Precinct, 34th Precinct, Patrol Borough Manhattan North, the Patrol Services Bureau, and the Training Bureau before his death in 2009. Lieutenant Ocasio also was the recipient of a commendation for Excellent Police Duty. Lieutenant Ocasio was 49.

Sergeant Alex W. Baez spent 22 years in the Department in the 72nd Precinct, Patrol Borough Brooklyn South Task Force and 84th Precinct before his retirement in 2005. He effected 104 arrests, half of which were felonies, and was recognized six times in his career for Excellent Police Duty and three times for Meritorious Police Duty. Sergeant Baez was 50.

Detective Corey J. Diaz was a 19-year member of the Department until his passing in October 2009. Det. Diaz worked in the 28th Precinct, Narcotics Division, Brooklyn North Narcotics and the Organized Crime Control Bureau’s Investigative Support Division. He served as an undercover officer in Brooklyn North, where his accomplishments included holding a robbery suspect for police before returning to his intended assignment, undetected. Detective Diaz was 40 years old.

Police Officer Frank M. Bolusi served the Department for 17 years, working in the 66th Precinct, Police Service Area 4, 71st Precinct, Brooklyn Courts, the Employee Management Division, 120th Precinct and Staten Island Housing Unit where he was the senior police officer and mentor on the third platoon. Officer Bolusi was 49.

Police Officer Robert C. Grossman worked in the 28th Precinct for all 12 of his years with the Department, effecting 146 arrests and receiving two Meritorious Police Duty recognitions in that time. Officer Grossman was a founding member of the Community Policing Unit in the 28th Precinct, to which he was assigned in 1994. Officer Grossman was 41.

Police Officer Richard Jakubowsky spent 20 years with the Department working in the City’s subway system in the Bronx, as a member of District 11 and the Transit Bureau Bronx Task Force. He made 242 arrests and received one commendation for Excellent Police Duty and two for Meritorious Police Duty before his retirement in 2005. Officer Jakubowsky was 46 when he passed.

Police Officer Robert Oswain served the Department for 10 years as a member of the 47th Precinct until his death last May 15th. He made 125 arrests including 21 felonies, and was remembered for influencing the safe release of an infant held by an Emotionally Disturbed Person who was armed with scissors. Officer Oswain joined the Department at age 32 with a degree from the State University of New York at Albany. He was among the many officers who conducted perimeter security at Ground Zero for months after the attacks. Officer Oswain was 42.

Police Officer Robert Zane worked in the Transit Bureau for 16 years before his death in May 2009, effecting 122 arrests during his service in Districts 1 and 4 in Manhattan and 33 and 34 in Brooklyn. Officer Zane volunteered at Ground Zero, searching for survivors and remains. He also was the recipient of a commendation for Excellent Police Duty. Officer Zane was 45 years old.

Elmis A. Fisher was a member of the Fleet Services Division for 23 years, serving as an auto mechanic who worked on the Department’s emergency service vehicles, many of which were massed near the World Trade Center when the towers collapsed. Mr. Fisher spent thousands of hours cleaning police cars and trucks and repairing them so that they could be returned to service after 9/11. He was 51.

Twenty-three members of the NYPD were killed Sept. 11, 2001. Since then, 38 officers and one civilian, Mr. Fisher, have been recognized as having died of illnesses developed after work they performed at the World Trade Center site and Fresh Kills landfill on Staten Island, where debris from the destruction was received and processed.

Police Memorial Day was established by Congress in 1962 and proclaimed by President John F. Kennedy in 1963, designating May 15th of each year as Peace Officers Memorial Day in honor of the Federal, State, and municipal officers killed or disabled in the line of duty.


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