Ed Day, Rockland County Executive


May 18, 2017
Contact: Jane Lerner, Director of Strategic Communications
Office of the County Executive (845) 638-5645

Rockland County Law Enforcement Memorial Ceremony to be held Sunday

NEW CITY, NY – Rockland County Executive Ed Day asks residents to join him at a ceremony on Sunday honoring members of law enforcement who made the ultimate sacrifice.

The Rockland County Law Enforcement Memorial Ceremony will be held at 11 a.m., Sunday, May 21 in front of the old Rockland Courthouse, 1 South Main St., New City.

The names three Rockland residents from the New York City Police Department will be added to the Memorial Wall this year. They are :

  • Office James A. Betso, Pearl River
  • Sgt. Michael J. Galvin, Thiells
  • Deputy Chief Steven J. Bonano, Nanuet

“I urge our residents to honor those who protect and serve us every day,” said Day, a former member of law enforcement.  “We must never forget those courageous officers who paid with their lives so that others might live in safe and secure communities.”

Rockland County's Annual Memorial Service is a collaborative effort of many organizations dedicated to honoring America's law enforcement community.

Representatives from Rockland departments will take part, including:

Spring Valley Police Chief Paul Modica, who will open the ceremony with the Pledge of Allegiance

Rockland County Sheriff’s Department Undersheriff Robert Van Cura will be the Master of Ceremony

Deacon John Maloney will deliver the invocation and Rabbi Moses Tendler will deliver the benediction while Rev. David Lothrop will conduct the memorial prayer. 

Assistant Chief John Donohue, New York City Police Department, will be the keynote speaker.

The Law Enforcement Memorial Message will be delivered by Rockland County Sheriff Louis Falco III.

The Roll of Honor will be read by Det. Chris Kiernan, President, Rockland County PBA and Mark Murphy, President, Rockland County Shields.

Immediately following the ceremony, a luncheon will be provided at the William E. DeBevoise, American Legion Post located on American Legion Way in New City

Flags outside county buildings will be lowered and flown at half-mast Sunday to honor of those who lost their lives.