By Barry Paddock New York Daily News
Grieving families joined Mayor Bloomberg and NYPD Commissioner Raymond Kelly Friday when the names of six cops who died in the line of duty were added to the police memorial near Ground Zero.
Five cops who died of 9/11-related illnesses were included, along with Detective Fermin (Sonny) Archer, who died in July 2011 from injuries sustained in an on-duty automobile accident.
“People from around the world who visit here will know of their devotion and duty,” Kelly said, noting that he lives nearby. “I often pass this memorial and admire its quiet and simple dignity.”
Capt. Dennis Morales, of the Emergency Service Unit; Lt. Christopher Pupo, of the 41st Precinct in the Bronx; Sgt. Garrett Danza, of the communications division; Detective Alick Herrmann of the 100th Precinct in Queens; and Officer Denis McLarney of the Brooklyn court section all died of 9/11-related illnesses over the last two years.
Their families tearfully pointed and snapped photos after the names were unveiled on the granite memorial wall, dedicated in 1997.
“The greatness of our city is reflected in these names,” Bloomberg said. “Each truly exemplified what is finest about the Finest.”