The state on Tuesday will honor 27 police officers who died in the line of duty, including Poughkeepsie Det. John Falcone and Chemung County Sheriff’s Deputy Jeffrey Alexander who both died last year.
The ceremony will honor nine officers who died in the line of duty in 2011, according to the state Division of Criminal Justice Services. The event will honor 13 members of the New York City Police Department who have died of Ground Zero-related illnesses.
The state will also honor five officers who died in previous years. Those include late Kingston Officer John Boyd, who died in 1918, and Westchester County Sgt. Charles Rice Jr., who died in 2009.
The memorial honors 1,324 officers who have lost their lives in service across the state. The memorial also honors 138 police agencies in New York and five federal agencies.
The officers’ names are placed randomly on the memorial without rank. It is done that way to signify that every officer’s sacrifice is the same, state officials said.
Falcone, 44, (left) was an 18-year veteran of the Poughkeepsie City Police Department. He died Feb. 18, 2011, after being shot by an individual he was attempting to arrest.
Alexander of the Chemung County Sheriff’s Office was killed when his patrol vehicle collided with another vehicle while on duty in Ashland on June 12.
Other officers who died in 2011 that will be honored include:
—State Police Trooper Kevin Dobson who died as a result of injuries he sustained after being struck by a vehicle during a traffic stop in Erie County on March 26.
—Officer Michael Califano of the Nassau County Police Department who died Feb. 5 after injuries in a car accident.
—Nassau County Officer Geoffrey Breitkopf who died in a shooting incident on March 12.
—New York City Officer Alain Schaberger who died after being pushed over a railing on March 13.
—Oneida County Sheriff’s Deputy Kurt Wyman who was shot and killed by an individual who had barricaded himself in his garage in Knoxboro on June 7.
—New York City Officer Peter Figoski was shot and killed by a burglary suspect on Dec. 12.
—Senior Special Agent John Capano of the U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives who was off-duty when he entered a pharmacy in Nassau County during a robbery and was shot and killed on Dec. 31.