PO John Falcone 10th Anniversary Memorial
By JEFF CRIANZA, Correspondent | February 18, 2021 | NEW YORK
Story No. 021921100
Photo by Jeff CrianzaThe wreath that will be laid John's memorial
Photo by Jeff CrianzaThe Falcone Family
Photo by Jeff CrianzaJohn Falcone with members of the City of Poughkeepsie PD
Photo by Jeff CrianzaJohn Falcone at his son's memorial after laying a wreath
Photo by Jeff CrianzaPoughkeepsie PD Honor Guard
Photo by Jeff Crianza
On a snowy and cold day here in Poughkeepsie the family of Police Officer John Falcone and fellow officers from around the Hudson Valley gathered at his memorial to remember a hero. On February 18, 2011, Detective John Falcone was shot and killed after responding to a shots-fired call on Main Street.
He was just over a block away when he received the call and when he arrived at the scene, he encountered a man holding a 3-year-old child and waving a gun. The suspect fled, still holding the child, with Officer Falcone in pursuit. Detective Falcone was able to rescue the child from the man and handed the child to a bystander before engaging in a struggle with the suspect as other officers arrived at the scene. During the struggle, Officer Falcone was fatally shot in the head before the man was killed with a self-inflicted gunshot during a struggle with another officer.
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