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Statements from the New Rochelle Police Department on National Police Week and Peace Officers Memorial Day. While annual events and ceremonies nationally and locally are postponed until October, NRPD will be highlighting the various divisions and units on the department’s Facebook page @NewRochellePoliceDepartment during the week.
“In 1962, President John F. Kennedy signed a proclamation which designated May 15th as Peace Officers Memorial Day and the week in which that date falls as Police Week....[to] honor those that have paid the ultimate sacrifice.” (www.policeweek.org/index.html)
“We thank all of our officers, those serving today and those gone before us, for their service,” said Commissioner Joseph Schaller. “Peace Officers Memorial Day is a solemn day, where the Department remembers and honors those officers of the Department, who are no longer with us; and who, in the course of doing their exceptional work, made the ultimate sacrifice of giving their lives in the performance of their duty.”
These members are:
• Special Patrolman Maurice Ahern - June 20, 1903
• Lieutenant Thomas J. Payne – September 23, 1929
• Patrolman Daniel F. Murphy – April 25, 1930
• Patrolman Timothy Mahoney – May 5, 1930
• Detective William E. Mancusi – July 20, 1934
• Police Officer Allen B. McLeod – February 14, 1977
• Detective John C. Phillips – October 1, 1981
• Police Officer Gary D. Pagano – September 14, 1982
• Police Officer Kathleen M. O’Connor-Funigiello - August 16, 2018
• Detective Mark Gado (Retired) - September 16, 2018