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Queens transit cop, 9/11 heroes honored

Officers’ deaths tied to attack’s aftermath

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Posted: Thursday, May 15, 2014 10:30 am

A decorated Queens transit officer was among 11 members of the NYPD added to the Memorial Wall at 1 Police Plaza in Manhattan last week. All died as a result of illnesses developed while working rescue and recovery operations in the days and weeks following the Sept. 2001 attack on the World Trade Center. A traffic agent killed last year also was honored.

Officer Richard Holland, a 20-year veteran who served in Transit District 20, died in March 2012 at age 59. He first joined the old NYC Transit Police Department in 1985.

The wall bears the names of all NYPD officers who have died in the line of duty.

“Today, we remember men and women who gave their lives in service of our city,” Mayor de Blasio said in a statement issued by the NYPD.

“In times of crisis or emergency, they ran into harm’s way,” the mayor said. “In dedicating their lives to others, they typified heroism, courage and selflessness.”

NYPD Commissioner Bill Bratton said those honored represent the finest traditions of the department.

“They possessed a quality of spirit that enabled them to face extraordinary peril or pain in absence of fear,” Bratton said. “Today they join the roll call of honor that is our Hall of Heroes.”

Others included Lt. Steven Cioffi, 40; Sgt. Michael McHugh, 49; Detectives Carmen Figueroa, 55, John Kristofferson, 51, Tommy Merriweather, 49, Traci Tack-Czjkowski, 47, and Thomas Weiner Jr., 43; and Officers Karen Barnes, 45, Ronald Becker Jr., 53, Frank Macri, 51; and Francis Pitone, 55.

Also honored was Traffic Enforcement Agent Kalyanaratne Ranasinghe, 71, who died in November as a result of injuries sustained in a traffic accident.

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