2015-05-20 / Features

Queens Residents Honor Fallen Police Officers

By Liz Goff
Dozens of Queens residents gathered outside local police precincts last week to honor the memory and sacrifice of police officers slain in the line of duty.

People marched, held candlelight vigils and stood in silent pause in tribute to the slain officers as part of the 27th Annual National Police Week, held this year from May 10 to May 16.

Thousands of people, fellow officers, family members, friends and other loved ones gathered in Washington, D.C. last week to honor and remember fallen officers at the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial wall, where the names of slain NYPD Officers Rafael Ramos and Wenjian Liu were recently engraved.

President John F. Kennedy signed a proclamation in 1962 that designated May 13 as Police Officers Memorial Day and the week in which the date falls as National Police Week.

Local residents marched through the streets of Queens Village on May 13, gathering outside the 105th Precinct to honor Police Officer Brian Moore and other officers who died in the line of duty.

Moore, 25, was first in the hearts and minds of those gathered outside the Queens Village stationhouse, who stood silently in tribute of the young coo who was gunned down by a career criminal on May 2,

The march and tribute were organized by the Queens Village Republican Club as a tribute to Moore, who worked as a plainclothes Anti Crime Officer at the 105th Precinct. More than 27,000 mourners, including police officers from as far away as Canada, lined streets outside a Long Island church on May 8 to join services at Moore’s funeral mass.

Retired NYPD Captain Joseph Concdannon urged residents throughout Queens to hold memorial services near their local precincts on May 13, to honor fallen officers.

“Wear something blue,” Concannon said. “Blue lives matter.”

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