NYPD needs to ‘break the silence’ around cop suicides: priest

Father Joseph Fonti, while officiating at the funeral of NYPD Deputy Inspector Denis Mullaney, urged the attending police officers to “break the silence” around suicide, reports Dana Kennedy for the NY Post.

Deputy Inspector Mullaney, 44, the commander of the 107th Precinct, shot himself last week.

Fonti told the mourners, “If you suffer from cancer people run to you and they do anything for you. If you tell them you suffer from mental illness or anxiety they try but they get scared or they get uncomfortable.”

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Sayville hero James Bast honored in street renaming ceremony

Retired NYPD Sergeant James P. Bast died on January 14, 2020 of World Trade Center-related cancer at the age of 49.

On his 51st birthday, he was honored by the town of Islip with a street renaming. Behrendt Court is now Sgt. James P. Bast Way, reports Priscila Korb for the Sayville Patch.

Sergeant Bast had a 23-year career with the NYPD. He retired from the force’s Intelligence Bureau’s Municipal Security Section.

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It took time, but 9/11 survivor Robin Lamprecht found peace

Robin Lamprecht died earlier this year at the age of 79. A survivor of the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center, he was at his Aon office on the 103rd floor of Tower Two, the South Tower, that day.

He remained haunted for many years by his friends and 175 colleagues who were killed in the attacks, and by faces of cops and firefighters who helped him, but found peace in later years, reports Jack Knox for the Times Colonist.

Mr. Lamprecht retired and moved to Canada in 2005.

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