SPECIAL OPERATIONS MEMORIAL WALL
POLICE FOUNDATION GRANT AWARDED
REMA is pleased to announce that the New York City Police Foundation has awarded $18,500 to the Special Operations Bureau for the design and installation of a bronze memorial plaque that will be placed in the main lobby of the Special Operations headquarters located at Floyd Bennett Field, Brooklyn New York.
The Memorial will include 89 members from specialized commands within Special Operations who lost their lives in the performance of their duty.
Several months ago the grant was announced as ’50 Grants for 50 Precincts’ with a maximum of $20,000 each. Many REMA members had expressed interest in applying, and the REMA Board of Directors took up the challenge and approached Chief Harry Wedin with a request for him to apply, as the grant was only available to active duty members. The Chief enthusiastically supported the project and designated REMA with the honor of managing the entire application process, including plans for the design. We then went to U.S Bronze of New Hyde Park, which is a first class memorial builder, with such credits as: Monument Park in Yankee Stadium, many war memorial plaques, statues and the like. After creating our artwork and name-plate design in cooperation with U.S. Bronze, Chief Wedin signed off in approval and the award was been granted. (View attached letter signed by First Deputy Police Commissioner Benjamin Tucker, below). Now the task of fine tuning the details of the memorial begins. The unveiling is planned for the spring of 2022 at the 19th annual REMA Day of Remembrance.
The REMA board is proud to represent our membership and their support and initiation for the inspiring this historic and honorable accomplishment. As we have shown in the long and treasured history of the Emergency Service Unit, we continue to lead the way for the Finest of the Finest of the NYPD.
Al Baker, President