Wednesday, March 14, 2007, two Auxiliary Police Officers were gunned down in New York City's Greenwich Village while on patrol. They will be granted full Inspector's Funerals by the New York City Police Department. The arrangments are as follows:
For Auxiliary Police Officer Nicholas Pekearo, viewing was scheduled for yesterday, Friday, March 16, 2007, 1700-2100 hours, at Redden's Funeral Home, 325 West 14th Street, Manhattan. The funeral service is scheduled for today, Saturday, March 17, at 0930 hours at Redden's. Cremation will be "family only."
For Auxiliary Police Officer Eugene Marshalik, viewing will be at the I. J. Morris Funeral Home, 1895 Flatbush Avenue, Brooklyn, on Saturday, March 17, 2007, between 2000 and 2200 hours, and on Sunday, March 18, between 0830 and 0900 hours. The funeral service will follow at 0930 hours. Internment will be "family only."
Thanks for putting that information here. I wasn't able to make the funerals but today, while attending to some personal business, I saw the funeral procession for APO Marshalik passing me in the opposite lane of the parkway I was on. I also saw numerous radio cars from many agencies from New York and other areas, returning to their comands after the funeral.
Post by 1dbigjim563 on Mar 19, 2007 12:34:43 GMT -5
Four of the cruisers might have been from DC. There were 10 of us who came up. Since I have a free flop in Manhattan, I managed to get up for the Saturday funeral, the rest of our guys came up early Sunday (leaving DC at 0200) to join the long line on Flatbush Avenue.
Getting there was a little difficult since there wasn't much notice, but we managed.
It was sad to watch the families and close friends pass by at the end. It perosnalizes the loss so much. NYC at least did right by those two Auxilliary officers in death.
The Auxilliaries will pay them further tribute I'm sure next month at their annual memorial service. If any of you are interested it will be held at St. Patrick's Cathedral this year (they move it around in an effort to be eccumenical) on Sunday afternoon, April 30.
The Inspector's funerals and what ever tribute comes next month will probably be about it. Since they were both auxilliaries, they may not meet the qualifications to have their names inscribed on the national memorial down here. Each case is treated individually, so never say never, but generally if they do not qualify for the Dept. of Justice death benefit and generlly auxilliaries and even most reservses are assumed not to, then the name doesn't go on the wall. Not a criticism, just a statement of the rules as they have been explained t me.
In the meantime, keep them and their familites in your heart. Both men were looking forward to a future in law enforcement, and now it will never happen and I know we're the poorer for it.
The attendance at the funerals by outside agencies was really appreciated by NYPD. Especially those who travelled far as you did, Jim. And your colleagues are appreciated too. A gigantic THANK YOU to all of you.
I just heard in the last few minutes, that our mayor is going to make sure that Auxiliary Offocers in NYC are issued vests. It took two deaths to do it but at least it's being done. I drove past the scene of the incident the other night. Pretty chilling, seeing the floral tributes and candles in the street. I've driven by there a thousand times in the past and from now on it'll always remind me of this tragedy. This is a video surveillance of the incident. It's pretty graphic but it shows the shootings and later, Officer Pekearo being placed into the RMP to be taken to the hospital. What bothers me is the dog walker, feet away from the slain auxiliary, who does nothing. That's New york for you.