WHAT: “Light the Night” Vigil For Fallen Law Enforcement Officers
WHEN: Wednesday, 13 May 2015
TIME: 8:00pm to 9:00pm
WHERE: New City Courthouse Steps and Lawn, 1 South Main St. New City, New York
25 year old NYPD Police Officer Brian Moore was senselessly gunned down in the line of duty:
Rockland County is fortunate to be an insulated community that does not experience the all too frequent incidences of criminality our neighbors in New York City encounter, nor the tragic loss of life in the staggering statistics registered around the country in other larger communities.
In light of our good fortune here in Rockland County, we should pay special gratitude to the men and women who put on that uniform, badge and gun to enforce the law and provide a public safety presence everyday.
Everyone who can carve out one hour on this day to gather at the New City Courthouse steps should make the effort to participate by bringing a flash-light with them. The honoring ceremony will conclude with a simultaneous beacon pointed skyward in appreciation for every Law Enforcement Officer killed in the line of duty.
County Executive Ed Day, who is a retired NYPD Officer has agreed to deliver the welcoming remarks. A representative from the Rockland County Sheriff’s department will be on hand to express appreciation for those who served and are currently serving.
Officer Peter Powers will deliver a stirring rendition of Taps by Bugle. Still working as yet unconfirmed at this writing, there will be an honor guard and bag piper in keeping with time honored tradition. Former American Legion Post 199 Commander Pete F. Medina has worked tirelessly to get the word out to the veterans community in a show of camaraderie. NYPD retiree and Vigil event coordinator Al Amoros worked feverishly to inform all of his Law Enforcement contacts to attend because as he said; “It’s the right thing to do.”
Individual members of the Law Enforcement community and police organizations have been invited to participate, to include but not limited to; Latino National Republican Coalition of Rockland County, the 65th Infantry Honor Task Force, the Hispanic Officers Association of Westchester, the Rockland County Hispanic Society, National Latino Officer’s Association, Fraternal Order of Police and others by word of mouth, E-mails and social media in an effort to exhibit a show of solidarity. Not one group will be excluded if the community spreads the word out by every means at their command.
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This is by no means a singular agency event, but all segments of the community are urged to participate to include the Boy Scouts, the various unions, veterans groups, and other fraternal orders, as soon as they learn of it. Knights of Columbus member, Joe Ciardullo sent word out to his E-mail list and asked the Boy Scouts to participate.
Upon hearing of this event; Ramapo High School language arts teacher Dr. Profirio Rodriquez has requested permission from the administration and parents for his language class students to attend. For extra class credits, he has assigned them to write an essay describing their impression about the meaning behind the event and to interview police officers as part of the assignment.
NYPD retired Captain Joe Concannon; a national advocate for Police Officers, the NYS organizer for this Vigil, and State-wide organizer of “SUPPORT YOUR LOCAL POLICE”, said; “Thank everyone, over and over again. While this has been a very painful week for me and many others, we are on heals of National Police Week. Let’s continue to send a positive message and paint the towns and cities blue with ribbons and removable tape. In an outward expression, lets show the world we are all bleeding blue.”
Police Officers communicate with each other by radio call signs preceded by the number “10. Many have heard the phrase “10-4” to indicate the message was received and understood. The single most alarming 10-code is “10-13”, which means “Officer down and in need of assistance.”
Chestnut Ridge resident and NYPD Emergency Services Unit retiree Jose R. Guerra was decorated with the NYPD Medal of Honor for his valor in aiding fellow officers wounded in a gun battle. He himself was nearly killed in that heroic action and knows all too well what “10-13” means. Jose R. Guerra has confirmed he will be in attendance. Also, Rockland County Sheriff’s Deputy Jose Nunez attended the funeral of Officer Brian Moore and stated he will participate in the Vigil as well. NYPD Officer and decorated Iraq war veteran Angel Rivera is a Clarkstown resident who confirmed he will attend immediately after his day shift at City Hall.
A symbolic “10-13” has gone out to Rockland County’s Law Enforcement community and to the public at large. This is an effort that can only be expressed from the heart in silent but bold testimony by the outpouring of respect through the simple gesture of showing up, render a hand salute, and “light the night” by raising your flashlight above your head and sending a beacon skyward from Rockland County’s community.
“This is tremendous and I’m sure police officers not only around NYS but around the nation will glow with pride as they see the outpouring of love and affection for our men and women in blue.” NYPD Captain Joe Concannon
*note: The organizers and permit holder request that no open flame be used, and remind everyone this is a grass-roots event, so kindly no political rhetoric, signs, or campaign hand outs will be permitted, as it is inappropriate for the occasion.