EDISON–The Edison Police Department officially announced its annual recognition of National Police Week on May 10.
During this week, Edison Township will join with cities and counties across the nation to celebrate the dedication and commitment of its law enforcement officers and remember those officers who lost their lives in the line of duty. To commemorate National Police Week, Edison Mayor Antonia Ricigliano presented Police Chief Thomas Bryan with a Mayoral Proclamation at a brief press conference held at Menlo Park Mall on Monday, May 10. The Proclamation formally recognizes all members of the police department who unceasingly provide a vital public service to the residents of Edison Township.
“I salute the sacrifice and service made by all the fine officers who commit themselves to serving and protecting our community,” Ricigliano said.
To help celebrate this event, members of the Edison Police Department will be stationed at the lower level of Menlo Park Mall throughout the week, which concludes on Saturday, May 15, 2010. Demonstrations will be conducted by officers outlining the various units and their responsibilities within the police department. The public will have an opportunity to meet with police officers to learn first-hand the day-to-day operations of the department. Information will be available on how residents can get involved with crime prevention and promoting safety in their neighborhood.
“This is a good opportunity for the public and police to interact in an informal and relaxed setting. I encourage everyone to stop by our display at the mall to gain a better understanding regarding the various facets of police work”, said Police Chief Thomas Bryan.
National Police Week is a time to remember and honor those fallen officers who paid the ultimate sacrifice while in the line of duty. Throughout the history of the Edison Police Department two heroic officers were killed in the line of duty. They are:
Michael Dudash– killed in the line of duty on October 23, 1924 from injuries he sustained from a motor vehicle accident while patrolling on a police motorcycle.
Frank Papaianni– killed in the line of duty on September 16, 1971. Ptl. Papaianni responded to a silent hold up alarm at the First Federal Savings bank at Menlo Park Mall. Ptl. Papaianni and his partner, Ptl. William Gorman confronted the bank robber and exchanged gunfire. Ptl.Papaianni sustained gunshot wounds to his chest area and died during surgery. The bank robber was also shot and died at the scene of the robbery.
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