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Honoring Fallen Police Officers

May 14, 2017 
By Stephanie West

Albany, NY - On May 9th New York State honored 40 police officers who made the ultimate sacrifice in service to communities across the State. The officers, from five local and state law enforcement agencies, were recognized at New York State’s annual Police Officers’ Memorial Remembrance Ceremony.

The names of the 40 men and women join others chiseled into the black granite memorial at the Empire State Plaza in Albany. The memorial includes 1,453 names of officers from 141 police agencies across the state and six federal agencies.

"Each day, law enforcement officers selflessly put their lives on the line to protect the public," Governor Cuomo said. "We honor the enduring legacy of those dedicated police officers who gave their lives to keep our communities safe and join in thanking their families for their bravery and service."

The following officers’ were recognized at the ceremony:

2016 Line of Duty Deaths
    •    Trooper Timothy P. Pratt of the New York State Police was assisting the driver of a tractor trailer truck that was stopped in the median of a roadway in the Saratoga County town of Wilton. Trooper Pratt was struck as he was returning to his patrol vehicle and later died from the injuries he sustained. (Oct. 26, 2016)
    •    Sgt. Paul J. Tuozzolo of the New York City Police Department was responding to a gunpoint robbery when he spotted the suspect’s vehicle and began following him. Other officers blocked the vehicle, allowing Sgt. Tuozzolo and fellow officers to tactically approach the driver’s side of the vehicle. The suspect then fired multiple rounds from his vehicle, striking Sergeant Tuozzolo in the head at close range and later killing him. (Nov. 4, 2016)

Ground Zero-related Illness

The names of 38 officers who died from illnesses as a result of time spent doing search and recovery work in the wake of the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attack on the World Trade Center also were added to the memorial. The names of officers who died of Ground Zero-related illnesses were first added to the memorial in 2008 and now total 144. Sixty men and women who served with the NYPD and Port Authority Police Department died the day of the attack.
    •    Police Officer Charles Barzydlo, Port Authority Police Department (July 17, 2016)
    •    Detective Aslyn A. Beckles, New York City Police Department (Jan.18, 2014)
    •    Police Officer James A. Betso, New York City Police Department (June 17, 2015)
    •    Sgt. Gerard T. Beyrodt, New York City Police Department (Oct. 20, 2015)
    •    Lt. Rebecca A. Buck, New York City Police Department (July 21, 2015)
    •    Detective Joseph A. Cavitolo, New York City Police Department (Oct. 25, 2013)
    •    Detective Annetta G. Daniels, New York City Police Department (Nov. 17, 2011)
    •    Detective Michael K. Davis, New York City Police Department (June 10, 2015)
    •    Detective Leroy Dixon, New York City Police Department (June 14, 2015)
    •    Police Officer Otto R. Espinoza, New York City Police Department (Jan. 3, 2015)
    •    Police Officer Alexander Figueroa, New York City Police Department (July 7, 2015)
    •    Sgt. Michael J. Galvin, New York City Police Department (Nov. 27, 2015)
    •    Police Officer Deborah A. Garbutt-Jeff, New York City Police Department (April 3, 2016)
    •    Police Officer Matthew J. Gay, New York City Police Department (June 25, 2015)
    •    Detective Charles G. Gittens Jr., New York City Police Department (Nov. 28, 2014)
    •    Detective Michael E. Glazer, New York City Police Department (May 26, 2016)
    •    Sgt. Charles R. Gunzelman, New York City Police Department (May 31, 2015)
    •    Police Officer Demetrias Hopkins, New York City Police Department (May 11, 2015)
    •    Sgt. Wayne A. Jackson, New York City Police Department (Nov. 13, 2015)
    •    Police Officer Charles M. Karen, New York City Police Department (Nov. 4, 2015)
    •    Lt. Luis A. Lopez, New York City Police Department (June 26, 2015)
    •    Police Officer Anthony Maggiore, Yonkers City Police Department (Nov. 22, 2014)
    •    Police Officer Peter Martino, Nassau County Police Department (Feb. 5, 2014)
    •    Police Officer Paul J. McCabe, Nassau County Police Department (Sept. 25, 2015)
    •    Detective James W. Monahan, New York City Police Department (Oct. 13, 2014)
    •    Sgt. Edmund P. Murray, New York City Police Department (July 28, 2015)
    •    Trooper Covel C. Pierce, New York State Police (March 10, 2011)
    •    Sgt. Louis R. Pioli, New York City Police Department (Oct. 29, 2015)
    •    Capt. Peter L. Pischera, New York City Police Department (March 24, 2009)
    •    Assistant Chief Michael V. Quinn, New York City Police Department (June 5, 2016)
    •    Lt. Robert D. Rice, New York City Police Department (April 12, 2003)
    •    Detective Ronald A. Richards, New York City Police Department (Oct. 10, 2015)
    •    Lt. Kenneth W. Rosello, New York City Police Department (May 2, 2016)
    •    Sgt. Jacqueline C. Schaefer, New York City Police Department (Dec. 2, 2011)
    •    Lt. Marci Simms, New York City Police Department (Nov. 5, 2015)
    •    Detective Andrew L. Siroka, New York City Police Department (Jan. 25, 2016)
    •    Investigator Paul R. Stuewer, New York State Police (Oct. 5, 2016)
    •    Police Officer Kenneth W. Wolf, New York City Police Department (April 18, 2016)

Office of General Services Commissioner RoAnn Destito said, "The New York Police Officers Memorial honors police officers who have sacrificed their lives in the performance of their duty and ensures their courage, dedication, and sacrifices are always remembered."

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