Hudson Valley police departments unite in support of fallen NYPD officer

The memorial was organized by the Port Chester and Westchester County police departments.

Katerina Belales

Mar 29, 2024, 9:44 AM

Updated 52 days ago

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Over 50 police departments from across the Hudson Valley gathered this morning at the Westchester County Police Academy to express solidarity with the NYPD and the family of Officer Jonathan Diller.
A moment of silence was observed by officers from Westchester, Rockland, Dutchess and Putnam counties as they prepared to present a memorial wreath to the NYPD in Patrol Borough Queens South.
Sgt. James Dress of the Westchester County Police expressed their mission. "Our goal, our mission today is to kind of lift the spirits of the fellow officers that are working in Queens today, and their command staff and Jonathan's partners. When something bad happens to one of us, it's felt by all of us."
Organized by the Port Chester and Westchester County police departments, this memorial tradition has spanned a decade, emphasizing the strength of brotherhood in law enforcement during times of tragedy.
Capt. Charles Nielsen of the Port Chester police highlighted the significance of unity. "We're one family. We all have different patches, but we all come together and support each other.""
In addition to providing comfort to Diller's colleagues, the police departments also extended support to his family. A special surprise awaited Diller's wife, Stephanie and their 1-year-old son. Dress revealed, "All these agencies that are participating in this 'United We Support' detail contributed a donation. So we raised about $10,000 for the Diller family."
Today's tribute from the Westchester and Hudson Valley police departments follows the first wake held Thursday.
Another wake is scheduled for today, with the funeral to be held tomorrow.


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