FINEST HON­ORS

43 names added to memo­rial

New York Daily News - - NEWS - BY EM­I­LIE RUSCOE

The names of 43 fallen po­lice of­fi­cers — in­cluded one who died in 1869 — were added to the Po­lice Memo­rial Wall in a solemn cer­e­mony in Bat­tery Park City Fri­day.

The NYPD has re­cently sought to catch up on its his­tory, hon­or­ing cops killed in the line of duty but never of­fi­cially rec­og­nized at ei­ther the One Po­lice Plaza memo­rial wall or the one in Bat­tery Park.

On Fri­day, the name of Pa­trol­man John Brana­gan, who died in an 1869 ferry yard ac­ci­dent in Brook­lyn, was added to the wall on the Hud­son.

Brana­gan, whose rank was the pre­cur­sor to to­day’s of­fi­cer, was struck by a load of lum­ber that fell from a horse-drawn truck he was guid­ing out of the yard, ac­cord­ing to re­ports.

Fif­teen other cops who died in the 20th cen­tury, in­clud­ing Lt. Daniel O’Con­nor, killed in a car ac­ci­dent on the FDR drive in 1974, were also hon­ored.

Twenty-four of­fi­cers who died from Sept. 11 re­lated ill­nesses, mostly can­cer, were memo­ri­al­ized.

So, too, were Sgt. Don­ald Coniff, who died in De­cem­ber 2015 from in­juries suf­fered when a drunken driver slammed into his car as he headed to work on New Year’s Day in 1988; Det. Mioso­tis Fa­milia, who was ex­e­cuted in the Bronx in July 2017, and Det. Steven McDon­ald, who died in Jan­uary 2017 of com­pli­ca­tions from gun­shot wounds suf­fered at the hands of a teen rob­bery sus­pect in Cen­tral Park in 1986.

His widow, Patti Ann McDon­ald, re­mem­bered him vis­it­ing the memo­rial “to look at the names and re­mem­ber the men and women.”

“It’s a com­fort to come here now and to see Stephen’s name and to know that he will be re­mem­bered for­ever,” she said. “He would be proud, humbled, hon­ored.”

Po­lice Com­mis­sioner James O’Neill called the cer­e­mony among the most im­por­tant the depart­ment holds.

“Their lives were spent and ul­ti­mately ended in ser­vice to this great city and the peo­ple they cared so much about,” he said.

Loved ones gather Fri­day at Bat­tery Park City memo­rial to fallen Finest, where (be­low, from left) NYPD Chief of Depart­ment Ter­ence Mon­a­han, Mayor de Bla­sio and Com­mis­sioner James O’Neill pay trib­ute.

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