Memorial Day is a time when New Yorkers pay tribute to the brave men and women of our armed forces who sacrificed their lives in the defense of the freedoms that we enjoy today.
As we remember the heros who served the people of this country, we'll also remember a man who will always be considered a hero to New York City -- Police Officer Anthony Sanchez
. Anthony Sanchez courageously sacrificed his life in the line of duty last Monday morning. Again, on behalf of the entire city, I would like to offer my condolences, my support, and my prayers to Anthony's wife Elizabeth and his son John and his entire wonderful family who have really made the ultimate sacrifice for the entire city.
Anthony Sanchez was a ten-year veteran of the force, a man who was loved by his co-workers, the community he served, and everybody who knew him. Anthony was killed while attempting to save the lives of people who were being robbed.
I'd like to repeat something I said at Anthony's funeral on Thursday. When Police Officer Sanchez went to 138 West 17th Street with his partner Roy Ruland to stop a robbery in progress, they didn't stop to think about the race, the ethnicity, the sexual orientation, or the social status of the people they were trying to save.
They were not concerned with the distinctions and the divisions that too often infect the public discourse in the media and politics. What they were concerned with was how they were going to save human life, and in the process Anthony Sanchez lost his life.
The noble act of saving human lives is the highest demonstration of love. This kind of concern for the safety and well-being of others, this is type of behavior that unites a city.
Hundreds of times a day, thousands of times a week, hundreds and thousands of times a year, police officers risk their lives so that the people of this city are protected.
Therefore, an attack on a police officer is an attack on all of us. As Mayor, I assure the people of this city I will do everything I can to make certain justice is served for Anthony Sanchez and his family. In my opinion, justice for Officer Sanchez and his family and the protection of other police officers who put their lives at risk for us can only be accomplished by utilizing the death penalty in this case.
Today and tomorrow, as we remember the fallen heros who have lost their lives in defense of our democracy, we'll also remember Police Officer Anthony Sanchez and the sacrifice he made for the people of New York City.
From Gracie Mansion, this is Mayor Rudy Giuliani, wishing you a safe and happy Memorial Day.