For immediate release: Tuesday, May 8, 2012

New York State Police Officers’ Memorial Fact Sheet

Lt. Governor Robert J. Duffy speaks at the annual Police Officers' Memorial Remembrance Ceremony.

Lt. Governor Robert J. Duffy speaks at the annual Police Officers' Memorial Remembrance Ceremony.

A woman touches a name engraved in the black granite of the New York State Police Officers' Memorial, located at the Empire State Plaza in Albany.

A woman touches a name engraved in the black granite of the New York State Police Officers' Memorial, located at the Empire State Plaza in Albany.

New York State Troopers salute as the colors are presented at the Police Officers' Memorial Remembrance Ceremony.

New York State Troopers salute as the colors are presented at the Police Officers' Memorial Remembrance Ceremony.

  • New York State today honored 27 police officers – including eight officers from local, county and state agencies and one federal agent, all of whom died in the line of duty in 2011 – during the state’s annual Police Officers’ Memorial Remembrance Ceremony at the Empire State Plaza in Albany.
  • With the addition of these 27 officers, the memorial now honors 1,324 fallen officers. There are 138 police agencies in New York State and five federal agencies represented on the polished black granite memorial.
  • Officers’ names are placed randomly on the memorial wall without rank, to signify that every officer’s sacrifice is the same. The following officers were remembered:

2011 Line of Duty Deaths

  • Police Officer Michael J. Califano of the Nassau County Police Department died as a result of injuries sustained when his patrol vehicle was struck from behind during a vehicle stop in Old Westbury (Feb. 5).
  • Detective John M. Falcone of the Poughkeepsie City Police Department died after being shot by an individual he was attempting to arrest (Feb. 18).
  • Police Officer Geoffrey J. Breitkopf of the Nassau County Police Department died after being shot by friendly fire. He had responded to a scene in which an emotionally disturbed individual was barricaded inside a home in Massapequa Park (March 12).
  • Police Officer Alain K. Schaberger of the New York City Police Department died after being pushed over a railing by an individual who fought violently as officers attempted to take him into custody (March 13).
  • Trooper Kevin P. Dobson of the New York State Police (Troop A) died as a result of injuries he sustained after being struck by a vehicle during a traffic stop in Erie County (March 26).
  • Deputy Kurt B.  Wyman of the Oneida County Sheriff’s Office was shot and killed by an individual who had barricaded himself in his garage in Knoxboro (June 7).
  • Deputy Jeffrey T. Alexander of the Chemung County Sheriff’s Office was killed when his patrol vehicle collided with another vehicle while on duty in Ashland (June 12).
  • Officer Peter J. Figoski of the New York City Police Department was shot and killed by a burglary suspect (Dec. 12).
  • Senior Special Agent John F. Capano of the U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives was off-duty when he entered a pharmacy in Nassau County during a robbery. Agent Capano shot the perpetrator and as he was attempting to subdue him, he was shot and killed by friendly fire (Dec. 31).

The following members of the New York City Police Department died of Ground Zero-related illnesses:

  • Sgt. Harold J. Smith (March 5, 2011)
  • Police Officer George M. Wong (March 24, 2011)
  • Police Officer Martin Tom (June 9, 2011)
  • Capt. Barry Galfano (June 26, 2011)
  • Detective Edwin Ortiz (July 4, 2011)
  • Detective Joseph Seabrook (May 29, 2010)
  • Lt. Jacqueline McCarthy (July 5, 2010)
  • Police Officer David Mahmoud (Nov. 11, 2010)
  • Police Officer Robert M. Ehmer (Nov. 21, 2010)
  • Detective Kevin A. Czartoryski (Dec. 5, 2010)
  • Sgt. Charles J. Clark (Nov. 7, 2009)
  • Detective John E. Goggin (May 6, 2008)
  • Police Officer Edward M. Ferraro (June 6, 2004)

The names of officers who died from Ground Zero-related illnesses were first added to the memorial in 2008; since that time, there have been a total of 52 officers honored.

“Historical” deaths

  • Sheriff Cornelius Hogeboom of the Columbia County Sheriff’s Office (Oct. 24, 1791).
  • Police Officer John G. Boyd of the Kingston Police Department (March 9, 1918).
  • Sergeant John J. Walsh of the Albany Police Department (June 1, 1934).
  • Patrolman Donald L. Wilkins of the Colonie Police Department (June 14, 1956).
  • Sgt. Charles W. Rice Jr. of the Westchester County Police (Jan. 9 2009).

The Memorial

  • 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."
  • The memorial is divided into 12 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.
  • The memorial’s Roll of Honor is posted to the New York State Division of Criminal Justice Services website: http://www.criminaljustice.ny.gov/ops/docs/pomc/honorroll.pdf
  • 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.
  • To be included on the memorial, an 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.
  • Applications for inclusion on the memorial must be made by the agency that employed the fallen officer.  The following individuals serve on the Police Officers’ Memorial Advisory Committee:
    • Chairman Michael C. Green, executive deputy commissioner of the state Division of Criminal Justice Services; RoAnn M. Destito, commissioner of the state Office of General Services; John P. Grebert, executive director of the New York State Association of Chiefs of Police; Peter R. Kehoe, executive director of the New York State Sheriffs’ Association; Patrick J. Lynch, president of the Patrolmen’s Benevolent Association of the City of New York; Thomas H. Mungeer, president of the Police Benevolent Association of the New York State Troopers; Michael J. Palladino, president of the New York State Association of Police Benevolent Associations; Andrew Rakowsky, chapter president of the Federal Law Enforcement Officers Association; and Richard Wells, president of the Police Conference of New York.

Contact:

Janine Kava
(518) 457-8828