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The sworn oath of every police officer is to protect and to serve.

As police officers, we work diligently to ensure streets are safe, individuals are protected from crime and violence, and communities are served with honor and respect. Doing so comes at great risk and–sometimes–great sacrifice. 

That sacrifice is never more apparent when we lose one of our own.

On Wednesday, July 5, Miosotis Familia was senselessly assassinated in an ambush shooting while sitting in a marked command post vehicle in the Bronx. A mother of three, 48 year-old Familia was a respected officer with a twelve-year tenure in the NYPD. She embodied the risk officers take day in and day out to serve and protect the public. We honor her life by continuing to do our jobs and by understanding the sometimes-grave danger we face as police officers. We honor her by serving and protecting communities to keep them safe from deadly shooters, by taking them off the streets, so that the children of police officers can see their parents come home again at the end of a shift.   

Officers responding to a call of an officer down responded immediately, confronting the perpetrator and shooting and killing the subject in return fire. These officers stepped up to do their jobs at tremendous risk to themselves. The Bronx community can now sleep a little easier, knowing that the officers of the NYPD have removed a threat to their safety and peace. 

Miosotis Familia’s family will bear the greatest burden of loss, knowing their mother will never again return from a night shift. They grieve their mother with the knowledge that her memory holds with it the honor and respect of the entirety of the police establishment, including all the members of the Suffolk County PBA.

 

 

 

Sincerely,

Noel DiGerolamo
President
Suffolk County Police Benevolent Association

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