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Around 4:30 the morning of July 29th, Officer Chad Ryan with the Rockton Police Department, was the first to arrive to a home in the 800 block of Rockton Rd., where heavy smoke was showing.
That’s when Officer Ryan ran into the home and found an older man laying on the ground coughing and wheezing. Officer Ryan yelled for Rockton Police Sergeant Ron Dippel and both of them then carried the man out of the home.
Officer Ryan says it doesn’t feel like he saved a life, he says he was just doing his job.
Sparked by an anonymous donation about four months ago, the Masontown Police Department officially revealed its new officer Thursday.
With four legs, a loud bark and a mouthful of sharp teeth, the officer is unlike any other in the borough. His name is Brony, and he is the department’s new K-9 officer.
Masontown police Chief Joe Ryan said Brony, who debuted on the borough’s streets in early May, was almost entirely community-funded. In February, the department received an anonymous donation of $5,000 to be used for a police dog.
Although the money wasn’t enough — the officer and K-9 training alone cost more than $12,000 — Ryan said that donation “got the ball rolling.”
Masontown Police Department will soon have a new officer patrolling the streets.
Kaly, a 13-month Belgian Malinois, has been training with borough Patrolman Michael Yeager and will soon join the force as a four-legged officer.
During a recent borough meeting, council voted unanimously to add a K-9 unit to the police department and named Yeager as the handler.
Borough police Chief Joe Ryan said the department has been without a K-9 unit for several years and that he is anxious to have a dog on the streets again.
“I’m a big supporter of police dogs,” said Ryan, the borough’s former canine officer. “They are a wonderful asset to law enforcement.”
Ryan said that Yeager and Kaly are enrolled in a six-week course at Shallow Creek Kennels in Sharpsville, and that Kaly will begin coming home with Yeager on the weekends to get acquainted to his surroundings.
City officials unveiled on Tuesday new names that have been inscribed onto the Police Memorial Wall in Battery Park, remembering the lives of 10 New York City police officers who may have died of 9/11-related illnesses.
“We are here today to pay humble tribute to those who were willing to lay down their lives to protect us and to renew a solemn pledge to them, to their loved ones gathered here today, and also to ourselves,” said Mayor Michael Bloomberg in a news release.
During a memorial ceremony, Bloomberg and Police Commissioner Raymond Kelly honored Detective Sandra Adrian, Police Officer Madeline Carlo, Captain Edward Gilpin, Sergeant Claire Hanrahan, Police Officer Robert Helmke, Detective William Holfester, Police Officer Patrice Ott, Detective Roberto Rivera, Sergeant Michael Ryan, and Sergeant Edward Thompson.
Their names joined the nearly 800 engraved names of police officers who have lost their lives in the line of duty since 1849.
Since 2002, the police department has monitored its employees who have worked on 9/11 and provided treatment when needed.
“Twenty-three police officers were killed on Sept. 11, and since then we have added to this Memorial the names of 18 of their colleagues who succumbed to illnesses that may have been related to the recovery work they courageously performed at Ground Zero and Fresh Kills,” said Kelly.
Captain Edward C. Gilpin served the New York City Police Department for 32 years before his retirement in 2002. He was recognized four times in his career for excellent and meritorious police duty. Captain Gilpin served as executive officer of the 9th Precinct and the Manhattan South Task Force, and has worked in the Brooklyn Housing Bureau and Police Service Areas 1 and 2 during his career. He is survived by his wife Mary Jane, and son Michael.
Sergeant Claire T. Hanrahan received eight medals for excellent and meritorious police duty during her 20-year career with the department, during which she served in the 19th, 23rd, and 25th precincts as well as in the Street Crime Unit and various divisions of the Narcotics Bureau. Sergeant Hanrahan is survived by her parents Matthew and Claire, husband Ed, and three children: Justin, Shannon, and Kyle.
Sergeant Michael W. Ryan was a 20-year member of the department with nine recognitions for excellent and meritorious police duty. He was a member of several Detectives Squads, in the 104th, 112th, 114th, and 115th precincts, and worked in Warrants and in the 73rd, 75th, 83rd, 101st, 103rd, and 111th precincts. During his career Sgt. Ryan made nearly 100 arrests, over half of which were for felony crimes. He is survived by his parents Jim and Ann, wife Eileen, sons Liam and Aiden, and daughters Erin and Casey.
Sergeant Edward D. Thompson served the department for nearly 16 years, in the 6th and 120th precincts and Intelligence Division Operations and Analysis Section. Sgt. Thompson is survived by his parents George and Deborah, wife Justine, and four daughters: Jaqueline, Emily, Madison, and Abigail.
Detective Sandra Y. Adrian was a 19-year member of the department with six medals for excellent and meritorious police duty. Before her death in 2006, she served in the Housing and Internal Affairs Bureaus. She is survived by her brother Jaime and sister Liz.
Detective William J. Holfester was recognized 11 times for excellent and meritorious police duty during his 18-year career. His work against narcotics crimes in upper Manhattan included 380 arrests, of which 213 were for felony crimes. Detective Holfester also served in the 81st Precinct. He is survived by his mother Marion, sister Cynthia, wife Michelle, daughter Marissa, son Chris, and three grandchildren: Olivia, Christopher, and Gabriel.
Detective Roberto L. Rivera served the department for nearly 30 years, during which time he received eight medals for excellent and meritorious police duty. He was a member of the Joint Terrorism Task Force, Detectives Bureau Special Investigations Division, and Arson and Explosions Division. Detective Rivera is survived by his wife Aida, sons Marcus and Roberto, and daughter Doraida.
Police Officer Madeline Carlo worked for 15 years in the Housing Bureau and Police Service Areas 5 and 7, in Manhattan and the South Bronx. She is survived by her mother Maria, children Cynthia and Orlando, and siblings Olga, Mike, Yvonne, and Raymond.
Police Officer Robert B. Helmke spent 12 years serving the department in its Transit Bureau, 104th Precinct and Medical Division. He was recognized for meritorious police duty and is survived by his mother Kathleen, wife Greta, son Garret, daughter Amelia, and siblings Janet and Keith.
Police Officer Patrice M. Ott is a 20-year veteran of the department who served in the 52nd Precinct, Mounted Unit, and Property Clerk. A recipient of recognition for excellent police duty, Officer Ott is survived by her mother Maureen, husband Bill, son Ryan, and brothers Mike and John.
By Helena Zhu
Taz, a hero police dog who sniffed through the rubble of the World Trade Center in the search for victims after the 9/11 attacks, died of heart failure yesterday.
The 9-year-old pooch — a German shepherd from the Czech Republic — was the final dog from the recovery effort still working for the NYPD.
“He was best partner I ever had,” said his handler, Officer Scott Ryan, 44, of the ESU/K9 unit.
“When it was time to work, we did the work.”
Like other police dogs, he put in long hours after the terror attacks.
“They all knew what we wanted to do and we asked them and they did it,” Ryan said.
The more than 100 people who attended Wednesday’s rally at City Hall were told by the City Council that its unlikely it will go back on its plans to layoff the police department’s five most junior police officers as early as July 1.
Mayor John T. O’Leary told the standing-room only crowd inside council chambers that, although the City Council will continue to search for “creative ways” to save money during steep economic recession, it never intended to maintain its current 30-member force.
Police hirings are based-upon how many officers the city believes it will need in the near future, which factored in anticipated retirements that now likely won’t happen, O’Leary said.
“It’s been a policy of my administration to bring in police officers on ahead of time, to get them trained and through the academy, so that they are available,” O’Leary said. “It’s a known fact that when people do retire, the last six, eight and sometimes 12 months, they’re not around. So we filled voids that way and managed that way.”
O’Leary said that he will not force officers eligible to retire to retire, nor does he want them to feel pressured to retire.
There now are five officers eligible to retire in the city, he said.
“This administration does not go out and ask people to retire,” O’Leary said. “We’ve never done that. Police officers should retire when they want to retire.”
Some neighboring police and fire officials who attended the rally felt otherwise.
“I feel they should give a good buyout to those getting ready to retire,” said Mike Gerity, 50, a volunteer firefighter at Woodbridge Fire Company, District 1. “Maybe they can get a nice buyout and help the other officers keep their jobs.”
O’Leary said that over the past five years, the city has experienced an increase in mandated expenses of more than $1.5 million while seeing a revenue decrease of almost an equal amount.
O’Leary said that since 2004, the city has seen increases in group health insurance of $443,680, workers compensation of $115,000, Public Employee Retirement System pension payments of $267,000, Police and Fire Retirement System pension payments of $420,869 and utilities of $300,000, while seeing a loss of in revenue in Supplemental Energy Tax of $213,350, State Extraordinary Aid of $850,000, Comprehensive Training Act funds of $411,084 and Homeland Security funds of $50,000.
O’Leary, who said the police force has historically fluctuated between 22 and 30 officers, contends the expected layoffs would not affect residents’ safety.
“This police department has run efficiently and effectively with as little as 22 men,” O’Leary said. “When you look at the crime rate reports in the state of New Jersey, and you can go back as far as you want, you can see that crime in South Amboy has been very stable whether we have 22 men or 30 men.”
Robert Point, the president of the South Amboy Patrolmen’s Benevolent Association, disagreed with O’Leary.
“As it is proposed, (the officers to be laid off) are all first-responder, front-line individuals,” Point said. “There is no way possible this is not going to impact the safety and security of individuals at large.”
New Jersey State PBA spokesman Jim Ryan, who attended the rally, said that in 2004, when the city had the 22 officers, its city’s crime rate was 20.8. In 2007, after more officers had been added, the rate decreased to 16.1, Ryan said.
“More cops equal less crime,” Ryan said. “We would like the city to exercise and reconsider all of its options.”
O’Leary said the city has applied for a Community Oriented Policing Service hiring recovery grant under the federal stimulus legislation that, if approved, would provide funding for up to five police officers and $1.3 million in salary and benefits for a three-year period.
POLICE traffic adjudicator Alvyn Servin is thrilled to be back at work even at Christmas.
The senior constable suffered a broken leg after he was hit by a car while on duty in July.
He started back at work last week.
He said he was extremely appreciative of all the support he received after his femur was smashed and he had to undergo two surgeries.
“I am just so thankful for the support I have received particularly from Sergeant Brendan Ryan, Assistant Commissioner McCallum, the Police Union and everyone at Toowoomba station,” Snr Const. Servin said.
“You hear horror stories of workers after accidents, but it has been great and it is good to be back at work.
“St Vincent’s Hospital was also great and I had great support from my wife Kim and my four children.”
Snr Const Servin recently received his 20 years service clasp and celebrated with the family.
Prior to starting back last Monday, Snr Const Servin was working from home.
“It really helped with my rehabilitation and was a way I could keep in touch with the work before coming back,” he said.
“I am working as a traffic adjudicator and won’t be back on the street until about August next year.
“My specialty is crash investigation and seeing it from another point of view was very strange.”
Snr Const Servin wanted to remind drivers that crashes will happen and to take care over the Christmas period.
“There have been enough tragedies this year without adding to it this Christmas,” he said.
My specialty is crash investigation and seeing it from another point of view was very strange.
- Alvyn Servin