Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg and Police Commissioner Raymond W. Kelly today presided over a Police Memorial Day ceremony at One Police Plaza honoring six members of the New York City Police Department. The following five members of the NYPD died of illnesses developed after performing rescue, recovery and clean-up work following the September 11, 2001 attacks: Captain Dennis Morales, Lieutenant Christopher Pupo, Sergeant Garrett Danza, Detective Alick Herrmann, and Police Officer Denis McLarney. Detective Fermin Archer died from injuries received in a vehicle accident while on duty.
“Today, we add six members of the world’s greatest police department to the Wall of Heroes,” said Mayor Bloomberg. “These officers rushed to assist us when we were in harm’s way, and they always put the safety of others above their own. We remember them with tremendous pride and gratitude – and we promise that none of them will ever be forgotten. It is because of officers like these that New York City is the safest big city in the nation today.”
“The six men we honor today were heroes,” said Police Commissioner Kelly. “They gave their lives in service to the public, to the cause of making New York City safe for all. Today they join the roll call of honor that is our Hall of Heroes.”
During the ceremony, the names of the six members of the NYPD were unveiled on plaques in the Hall of Heroes inside One Police Plaza:
CAPTAIN DENNIS MORALES
Emergency Service Unit
Captain Dennis Morales joined the New York City Police Department in January 1992, and began his career on patrol in the 7th Precinct. He has also served in the 10th, 60th and 88th Precincts, as well as Police Service Area 9; the Street Crime Unit, Patrol Borough Manhattan South SU, the Patrol Borough Manhattan South Task Force, Housing Special Operations, Patrol Borough Bronx, and the Emergency Service Unit. He was promoted to Sergeant in August 1997; Lieutenant in August 2000; and Captain in March 2004. During his 18-year career with the Department, Captain Morales, a graduate of St. Joseph’s College, made 93 arrests, and was recognized six times for Excellent Police Duty and two times for Meritorious Police Duty. Captain Morales retired on July 30, 2010, and died on July 27, 2012, at the age of 50.
LIEUTENANT CHRISTOPHER PUPO
Lieutenant Christopher Pupo joined the New York City Police Department in August 1998, and began his career on patrol in the 52nd Precinct. He also served in the 26th and 41st Precincts; the Employee Management Division, the Internal Affairs Bureau, the Emergency Service Unit, and Emergency Service Squads 4 and 8. He was promoted to Sergeant in February 2004 and to Lieutenant in December 2009. During his 14-year career with the Department, Lieutenant Pupo made more than 200 arrests, and was recognized 24 times for Excellent Police Duty and nine times for Meritorious Police Duty. He earned both a bachelor’s and master’s degree in Psychology from Iona College and Long Island University, respectively. Lieutenant Pupo died on June 23, 2012, at the age of 40.
SERGEANT GARRETT DANZA
Sergeant Garrett Danza joined the New York City Police Department in January 1983, and began his career on patrol in the 34th Precinct. He also served in the 69th Precinct and the Communications Division. He was promoted to Sergeant in March 1994. During his 20-year career, Sergeant Danza made nearly 200 arrests and was recognized two times for Excellent Police Duty and two times for Meritorious Police Duty. Sergeant Danza retired on January 24, 2003 and died on July 11, 2012, at the age of 58.
DETECTIVE ALICK HERRMANN
100 Precinct Detective Squad
Detective Alick Herrmann joined the New York City Police Department in January 1986, and began his career on patrol in the 75th Precinct. He also served in the Brooklyn South East Narcotics Division, Queens North and South Narcotics Divisions; Vice; the Auto Crime Division; and the 102nd and 100th Precinct Detective Squads. He was promoted to Detective in December 1991; and Detective Second Grade in May 2005. Detective Herrmann made nearly 400 arrests during his 20-year career and was recognized six times for Excellent Police Duty, five times for Meritorious Police Duty, and is the recipient of a Commendation. Detective Herrmann retired on January 13, 2006, and died on December 23, 2011, at the age of 49.
DETECTIVE FERMIN ARCHER
Detective Fermin Archer joined the New York City Transit Police Department in July 1985, and began his career in Transit District 3. He also served in Transit District 2, the Warrant Section, the office of the Deputy Commissioner of Operations; the Police Commissioner’s Office, the New York County District Attorney’s Office, and the Warrant Section’s Regional Fugitive Task Force. He was promoted to Detective in December 1990; Detective Second Grade in December 1995; and Detective First Grade in December 2000. Detective Archer, a 1991 Combat Cross recipient, made more than 100 arrests during his 26-career. He was also recognized twice for Excellent Police Duty, once for Meritorious Police Duty, and is the recipient of a Commendation. Detective Archer died from injuries received in a vehicle accident while on duty, at the age of 48.
POLICE OFFICER DENIS MCLARNEY
Brooklyn Court Section
Police Officer Denis McLarney joined the New York City Police Department in July 1996, and began his career on patrol in the 73rd Precinct. He also served in the Patrol Borough Brooklyn North Task Force and the Brooklyn Court Section. During his 13-year career, he was recognized four times for Excellent Police Duty and once for Meritorious Police Duty. Police Officer McLarney retired on December 31, 2009 and died on March 1, 2012, at the age of 49.