WESTCHESTER COUNTY, N.Y. -- Public officials are suggesting different ways to honor and recognize police officers in their towns and villages in the aftermath of the execution-style slaying of two NYPD officers on Saturday.
The Village of Mamaroneck plan a candlelight vigil tonight (Dec. 22) to memorialize the slain patrol officers in New York City and Florida.
Greenburgh Supervisor Paul Feiner issued a statement encouraging people to "say thank you. . .this week -- and every week -- when you see an officer on the street.''
Mamaroneck's vigil starts at 7 p.m. at the memorial in front of the Village of Mamaroneck Police station on Prospect Avenue, according to Mayor Norman S. Rosenblum.
"Bring a candle to light and if you choose wear blue,'' Rosenblum said. "This will be a silent respect to the two slain New York Police Department officers and also an expression of support for all uniformed police officers who put their lives on the line every day."
Rosenblum said there will be no speeches or comments by pubic officials tonight, but that all attending "may certainly share their thoughts and emotions to one another regarding this execution of uniformed police officers and the threat to one's presumed sense of safety in our streets."
Feiner said, "The tragic and senseless assassinations of NYC Police Officers Rafael Ramos and Wenjian Liu (and) the murder of Tarpon Springs Police Officer Charles Kondek in Florida should remind us that the members of the Greenburgh Police Department and other police departments put their lives at risk for all of us 24/7. Every time they stop a car, make an arrest, respond to a call or wear their uniform there is a potential danger." "The two NYC police officers and Florida police officers lost their lives because they wore a uniform. Members of the Greenburgh Police Department and other police departments around the nation also put their lives at risk every day of the year and are always willing to put our safety ahead of theirs,'' Feiner said. "Let the police know how much our community appreciates their dedicated service and bravery. Let them know how grateful we are for the daily risks they take so we can be safe,'' Feiner added. "As retired Greenburgh Police detective and current Town Board member Kevin Morgan said in a memo to town staff today: 'Tragedies in New York City and in Florida may eat away at our faith. However we must come together and find ways to live together.'"
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