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For immediate release: Tuesday, May 11, 2010

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New York State Police Officers' Memorial Fact Sheet

  • Nineteen police officers from across New York State – including three who died in the line of duty in 2009 – are being honored today during the state's annual Police Officers Memorial Remembrance Ceremony at the Empire State Plaza in Albany.
  • With the addition of those 19 officers, the memorial now honors 1,282 fallen officers. There are 135 police agencies statewide and five federal agencies represented on the polished black granite memorial.
  • Officers' names are placed randomly on the 12-panel wall without rank, to signify that every officer's sacrifice is the same. The memorial is divided into twelve panels lettered (A - L) at the base of the wall from right to left. Each panel is divided in half and identified as either top or bottom.
  • To locate a fallen officer, find the officer's name in the Roll of Honor and then read to the far right to determine the panel section. Roll of Honor
  • The following officers will be honored today:
    • Police Officer Glen L. Ciano, Suffolk County Police Department
      • Officer Ciano was en route to assist another officer when his vehicle was struck by a drunk driver (Feb. 22, 2009).
    • Detective Omar J. Edwards, New York City Police Department
      • While off duty, Detective Edwards was fatally shot by an on-duty officer while attempting to apprehend a suspect for an automobile break-in (May 28, 2009).
    • Trooper David J. Lane, New York State Police
      • Trooper Lane was struck by a vehicle he was attempting to pass, losing control of his vehicle and striking a utility pole (Nov. 4, 2009).
  • The following members of the New York City Police Department died of Ground Zero-related illnesses:
    • Police Officer Daniel C. Conroy (Dec. 3, 2006)
    • Police Officer Louise M. Johnston (March 6, 2007)
    • Police Officer Christopher S. McMurry (Aug. 1, 2008)
    • Police Officer Gary G. Mausberg (Oct. 8, 2008)
    • Police Officer Robert Nicosia (Oct. 10, 2008)
    • Inspector Richard D. Winter (Oct. 25, 2008)
    • Police Officer Vito S. Mauro (Dec. 2, 2008)
    • Lieutenant Brian S. Mohamed (March 25, 2009)
    • Lieutenant Gerald D. Rex (March 30, 2009)
    • Detective Michael P. Morales (June 10, 2009)
    • Inspector Renee Dunbar (Aug. 25, 2009)
  • In addition, three “historical” deaths will be recognized:
    • Officer Joseph A. Burke and Officer James W. Liney, Troy Police Department
      • Officer Burke died from injuries received from a patrol motorcycle accident (July 20, 1932). Officer Liney was killed when his patrol motorcycle collided with an automobile (Oct. 5, 1933).
    • Police Officer Joseph Dardis, Beacon City Police Department
      • Officer Dardis suffered a heart attack while attempting to arrest a military deserter (July 28, 1944).
    • Lieutenant John J. Quinlan, Board of Water Supply Police (the predecessor agency to the New York City Department of Environmental Protection Police)
      • While performing spot checks of areas under his command, Lt. Quinlan lost control of his vehicle resulting in a fatal accident (Oct. 2, 1953).
    • Trooper John J. McKenna, New York State Police
      • While serving with the U.S. Marines (Bravo Company, 25th Marines) in Iraq, Trooper McKenna was killed by a sniper during an ambush (Aug. 16, 2006).
  • The memorial was designed by the OGS Design and Construction Group based on a design concept submitted by Colleen Dillon Bergman, daughter of State Trooper Emerson J. Dillon Jr., who was killed in the line of duty in 1974 after more than 16 years of service with the New York State Police.
    • A quote from Mrs. Bergman's letter is engraved on the nameplate wall: "It doesn't matter from which department they came, the feeling of loss is experienced the same."
  • Criteria for inclusion on the Memorial: the individual must have held the position of a police officer as defined in §1.20(34) of the New York State Criminal Procedure Law, or have held the position of federal law enforcement officer and performed the same or essentially similar duties as those performed by a police officer as defined in §1.20(34) of the New York State Criminal Procedure Law.