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It was three years ago that Pittsburgh police officers Eric Kelly, Stephen Mayhle and Paul Sciullo II were killed in a standoff in Stanton Heights.
Wednesday night, friends, relatives and fellow officers attended a special memorial service for the patrolmen at St. Joseph Church in Bloomfield.
Organizers say they wanted it to be a solemn tribute, but also an uplifting celebration of their lives and the sacrifices they made.
For the four new members of the Greenwich Police Department, Monday morning’s swearing-in ceremony was a family affair.
Surrounded by loved ones in the Cone Room of Town Hall, Luke A. Kelly, Alan C. Pesce, Aran J. Tradel and Christopher M. Wallace raised their right hands as First Selectman Peter Tesei administered the oath that ushered them into their careers, which they promised to spend by keeping Greenwich and its residents safe.
It was just after 7:30 p.m. Saturday when word spread that the jury in the trial of Richard Poplawski had reached a verdict.
Pittsburgh Police in the downtown area rushed to the Allegheny County Courthouse, wanting to hear what the jury of five women and seven men had decided after about three hours and 15 minutes of deliberation.
Two hero cops who survived separate wild gun battles last year were promoted today to the rank of detective.
Officers Robert Salerno, 26 and Ricardo Ramirez, 29, became newly-minted detectives after escaping a close brush with death.
“I tell you both of these young men had tremendous drive and desire to come back,” Police Commissioner Ray Kelly said after the promotions ceremony at Police Headquarters.
“They’ve made remarkable recoveries.“
Salerno was shot three times at close range while responding to a call of an armed man who attacked his elderly mother’s home-health aide in the Bronx on March 22.
Hundreds of people packed St. Joseph Catholic Church in Bloomfield today to remember three police officers killed two years ago and to dedicate a memorial in their honor.
Their service to the community will never die, will never be forgotten,” the Rev. John Dinello said of Officers Paul J. Sciullo II, Stephen Mayhle and Eric G. Kelly, who were killed by a gunman in Stanton Heights on April 4, 2009. “They watch over us from heaven.”
The memorial statue is of a strong but sorrowful St. Michael the Archangel, the patron of police officers, standing on a mosaic pedestal with embedded photographs of the three officers. It was erected in a small memorial garden on land granted by both the City of Pittsburgh and the Catholic Diocese of Pittsburgh. Money is still being raised for the memorial, partly through the sale of small memorial police shields bearing the number 4/4/09. For more information about the memorial see http://www.bloomfieldnow.com/pittsburgh-fallen-heroes-fund/
James Simon gathered lumps of clay and molded them by hand. Slowly, he fashioned a 6-foot-tall statue of St. Michael the archangel and cast it in concrete.
The new memorial, which honors Pittsburgh police officers Paul Sciullo II, Stephen J. Mayhle and Eric G. Kelly, will be dedicated Monday, exactly two years from the day these men died in the line of duty in Stanton Heights.
St. Michael will be unveiled outside Immaculate Conception-St. Joseph Church on Liberty Avenue in the center of Bloomfield. Set in a small park with trees and a garden, the sculpture stands on a three-tiered base decorated with ceramic tiles that bear the officers’ images. Behind the statue is a stainless-steel shield made by Forms+Surfaces, an international company with an office in Etna.
Last July, while the sculpture was in progress, members of the officers’ families and the Rev. John Dinello, pastor of the parish, stopped by Mr. Simon’s studio.
Nowadays, if you want to stay connected with friends and family living hundreds of miles away, where do you go? The wild world of social media, right?
However, Facebook and Twitter can so a lot more than just keep the world updates on your hourly activities.
Athens County Sheriff, Pat Kelly, has a new crime fighting partner, but this is not your typical Batman and Robin situation. This partner does not need to eat, sleep or even make money.
Facebook and Twitter are relatively new technological tools, but the concept for Kelly has been around forever — finding answers by getting information out to the most people in the shortest amount of time.
The dispatcher who stayed in communication with wounded officer Britt Sweeney that night and the Seattle officer who ended the manhunt for another cop killer, Maurice Clemmons, also received awards.
Benjamin Kelly, who shot Clemmons and whose actions were found justifiable by an inquest jury, was named officer of the year and received the medal of valor. In March, he was chosen as national police officer of the month by the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund.
The Elmira Regional Public Safety Training Center, run by Elmira Police, graduated its first five cadets Friday.
Cadets were enrolled in the basic course for police officers from Jan. 18 to May 14.
The graduates and their associated law enforcement agencies are:
Elmira Police Officer Jacob V. Allard, Elmira Officer Justin W. Baer, Trumansburg Officer Jacob P. Kelly, Elmira Officer David J. Miller and Steuben County Sheriff’s Deputy Carter J. Payne.
Also honored during the ceremony were retired Elmira Deputy Chief David C. Gardner and Tammy Jo Churches for their efforts in forming the new training center.
The Seattle police officer who shot cop-killer Maurice Clemmons has been named the Officer of the Month for March by the National Law Enforcement Officers memorial Fund.
Benjamin Kelly killed Clemmons in a confrontation on Dec. 1, two days after he killed four Lakewood officers.
A King County inquest jury decided Wednesday that Kelly had reason to fear for his life when he shot Clemmons. Clemmons was reaching for a gun that he had taken from one of the slain officers.
Kelly is a five-year veteran of the Seattle Police Department. He’ll be honored at an awards luncheon during National Police Week next year in Washington, D.C.