An NYPD detective who was left paralyzed after being hit by a fleeing car received one of the police department’s top honors on Tuesday.
Hero Detective Dalsh Veve was greeted with a standing ovation as he accepted the Medal of Honor at the Police Academy on Medal Day while his wife and daughter looked on.
“I am very fortunate that he could be the one to receive it himself,” said the officer’s wife, Esther, after the ceremony. “That means a lot to Dalsh.”
“It wasn’t just a job, it was his passion, so it was definitely a success in his career that he was there to see that day and I was by his side and my daughter was there.”
Veve suffered a serious brain injury and was confined to a wheelchair after being hit and dragged while holding onto a stolen vehicle in East New York in June 2017.
Respected gang member behind the wheel Justin Murrell avoided the maximum possible sentence of 10 years at his January 2019 conviction and served just 14 months before being paroled.
NYPD Detective Anastasios Tsakos’ widow also received a posthumous Medal of Honor presented to her husband. He was fatally struck by a suspected drunk driver while attempting to divert traffic away from an accident on the Long Island Expressway in Queens last year
Detective Union President Paul DiGiacomo welcomed both Finest in a statement.
“Detective Dalsh Veve is a New York City hero who embodies everything the NYPD Medal of Honor represents – unusual bravery and sacrifice on behalf of those he proudly serves,” said the union boss. “Dalsh did the dangerous job he was asked to do without hesitation. And even though his life and the lives of his loved ones have been changed forever, he continues to inspire us.
“Detective Anastasios Tsakos also gave his life. Fulfillment of duty at all costs. The DEA is proud to represent Dalsh and Anatasios and will always stand by them.”
Esther Veve told The Post that the couple’s 7-year-old daughter Darshee is dealing with her family’s situation “in the way she can best.
“We [are] strong as a family,” said the mother. “We’re doing our best. She is here to support him.”
Joseph Gulotta, the current commanding officer of Detective Brooklyn South, who was CO in the 67th Precinct when Vele was hit, noted during the ceremony that Friday marked the five-year anniversary of the incident.
“It’s been quite a journey in the last five years that we’ve been on,” Gulotta said.
Additional reporting by Tina Moore
https://nypost.com/2022/06/07/paralyzed-detective-dalsh-veve-awarded-one-of-nypds-highest-honors/ Paralyzed detective Dalsh Veve received one of the NYPD’s highest honors