The NYPD added 35 names of fallen police officers to their Hall of Heroes wall during an emotional service on Tuesday at One Police Plaza in Manhattan.
“It’s critical that we have that ceremony and respect those names on those walls,” NYPD Commissioner Keechant Sewell said at the packed ceremony at the entrance to police headquarters.
“It is our responsibility to remind the world of these losses and to tell the stories of the heroes who bravely stepped into battle and into the arena to protect the city and serve its people,” she said.
Among the deceased officers whose names were placed on the wall were those who died from illnesses related to the 9/11 terrorist attacks.
One of them was for Officer Nathalie Brill, whose mother, Marilyn Hill, attended the event.
“Actually, she was called the fixer,” Hill said of her daughter, who died of cancer at the age of 45. “If someone had a problem, she would fix it. She always tried to help everyone.”
Brill was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2017, which has been linked to the attacks.
“She fought bravely, always with a smile,” said Hill, who attended the event with 13-year-old granddaughter, Marilyn’s child, by her side. “Never with depression or anything because she had her daughter to be there for.”
Hill said she believes closing medical testing centers during COVID hastened her daughter’s death. Marilyn died on June 2, 2021, leaving behind her daughter Kacey Anne and husband John.
“It was a very beautiful ceremony and I was very happy that it was honored,” Hill said.
Another name added to the wall was that of Anastasios Tsakos, a 14-year department veteran assigned to Highway 3 and hit by an allegedly drunk driver in April while doing work on the Long Island Expressway in Queens.
“Today the promise we made to them continues, the same promise we made to all the men and women on these walls,” Sewell said of the fallen. “The same promise we make to every officer in our department today — we’ll never forget that.”
https://nypost.com/2022/05/03/nypd-adds-35-more-fallen-cops-to-hall-of-heroes-at-one-police-plaza/ NYPD adds 35 more fallen cops to Hall of Heroes at One Police Plaza