Tuesday, December 13, 2011

A New York Minute

Lying here in the darkness
I hear the sirens wail
Somebody going to emergency
Somebody's going to jail
If you find somebody to love in this world
You better hang on tooth and nail
The wolf is always at the door

Yesterday morning NYPD Police Officer Peter Figoski - a 22 year veteran of the NYPD - and his partner Glenn Estrada responded to a call of a "burglary in progress" shortly after 2:00 a.m. According to what Police Commissioner Ray Kelly told the Post:

Officer Peter Figoski, a 22-year veteran, responded to a “burglary in progress” at 25 Pine Street in Cypress Hills at 2:15 a.m. and was confronted by career criminal Lamont Pride, 27, police said.

After the landlord called 911, Pride, 27, and his cohort initially hid from the first responding officers and were attempting to make their escape when Figoski and his partner surprised the thugs. Without hesitation, Pride allegedly shot Figoski, 47, once in the face and took off on foot.

Meanwhile, Figoski’s partner, Glenn Estrada, 42, was tussling with Pride’s unidentified cohort nearby. Estrada broke away and chased after Pride, slapping the cuffs on him several blocks away on Chestnut Street and Fulton Street, police said.

Officer Figoski was the father of four daughters, ranging in age from 14 to 20 - the oldest two of whom are both college students and all four of whom shall now live the remainder of their life without their dad. Four young ladies who - should they marry - shall have to be walked down the aisle by someone other than their father.

Anyone who has a loved one in law enforcement lives every day hoping that each and every day on the job for the one you love is uneventful, routine and (if one is feeling a little greedy) perhaps even a little dull. Those who earn their living in law enforcement accept that there is risk inherent in all that they do and that danger lurks around every corner. And yet they do the jobs that they have sworn to do. They do it in spite their knowledge of its risks. They do it because it has to be done. Actions and consequences are now what they have always been - different sides of the same coin.

And in these days
When darkness falls early
And people rush home
To the ones they love
You better take a fool's advice
And take care of your own
One day they're here;
Next day they're gone.

Sadly and almost incomprehensibly, yesterday proved to be the "next day" for NYPD Officer Peter Figoski, those he loved and those who love him.


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