Fort Hamilton laid a wreath of blue and white flowers for fallen police officers on May 15, National Peace Officers Memorial Day. The fort’s second-in-charge, Deputy Commander Donald Bradshaw, gave a moving panegyric for crime fighters who made the ultimate sacrifice, one Bay Ridge officer said.
“Donald, he said a nice little speech — it was moving, it was perfect,” said 68th Precinct community affairs officer Michael Panepinto.
And the head of the base’s police force read the names of the 42 officers nationwide who gave their lives in the line of duty last year — including New York’s Finest Deputy Chief Steven Bonano, Detective Brian Moore, Detective Randolph Holder, and Police Officer Juan Feliciano.
The remembrance was moving said Borough President Adams, who served 22 years on the New York Police Department.
“I personally knew fellow police officers who were seriously injured and even killed in the line of duty,” Adams said. “I am humbled to remember their sacrifices, indeed the sacrifices of every fallen law enforcement officer, as well as to pray for their souls and for their families.”
The memorial was scheduled in front of the base’s police station, but moved to the theater on account of rain.