2011-09-28 / Front Page

103rd Pct. Cop Honored For Heroics

Marshall (l.) holding medallion sent from Honolulu Police Chief Louis Kealoha. LoPresti (c.) holds his Declaration of Honor and his wife, Lisa, holds a congratulatory letter from Kealoha.Marshall (l.) holding medallion sent from Honolulu Police Chief Louis Kealoha. LoPresti (c.) holds his Declaration of Honor and his wife, Lisa, holds a congratulatory letter from Kealoha.Detective Charles LoPresti of the 103rd Precinct was honored during the September 20 Borough Cabinet Meeting at Queens Borough Hall. LoPresti was given the Declaration of Honor by Queens Borough President Helen Marshall for the lifesaving role he played in a bizarre life or death situation.
A distraught woman in Kew Gardens used a cellphone to call her mother in Honolulu and then dropped the phone next to her body after losing consciousness.
The mother called the 103rd Pct. in Jamaica where she reached LoPresti and told him what had happened. Unfortunately, the mother explained, she knew only a part of the address and had no apartment number.
The detective raced to Kew Gardens with the partial information and randomly started ringing doorbells and calling out the woman’s name.
LoPresti then received a call on his cellphone from a fellow officer back at the stationhouse who said that the mother in Honolulu was still listening on her daughter’s phone and that she could hear LoPresti in the background calling her daughter’s name.
The mother was instructed to hang up and redial the cellphone. LoPresti used the sound of the cellphone ring to isolate the girl’s location.
He soon arrived at the correct apartment, injured his ankle as he broke down the door, and found the victim on the floor. She was hospitalized and is expected to make a full recovery. 
LoPresti received a spontaneous standing ovation after Marshall recounted the story.

Return to top

Copyright 1999-2018 The Service Advertising Group, Inc. All rights reserved.