President’s Message, May 2006

On Saturday April 15, I had the honor and privilege to represent The Shields at the request of FOP Lodge 10 President John Malandrino at the memorial ride honoring slain PTL. Phil Cardillo. Not being a motorcycle rider I rode in a car with Tim Motto, the V/P of Lodge 69 to Calvary Cemetery to place a memorial wreath on Phil’s grave. Phil’s niece Aimee Reese honored us with her presence. While there we placed a call to Todd Cardillo in Florida to let him know that there were over 100 bikers paying respect to his dad. From the cemetery we drove past the “infamous” Mosque and visited the 28 Pct. Where we were welcome with open arms and smiling faces. THANK YOU members of the 28! We then finished up by visiting the Police Memorial Wall located near the WTC. site. It was both a humbling and rewarding experience. I thank John and his committee for a job “WELL DONE”.

Speaking of “well done” events, we will be placing flags on the graves of deceased veteran’s at L.I. National Cemetery on Saturday May 27th. Thursday, June 1st – Saturday, June 3rd, we will once again be performing security at the Games for the Physically Challenged at Mitchel Field, hope you will join us. You will find there is no better feeling!

Joe Wolff has scheduled Albert Barrette, as our guest speaker in May. Mr. Barrette will provide you with information that may save your life or that of a loved one.

Rich Rottkamp has scheduled this years boat ride for Friday, August 11th, he has promised changes to make the best boat ride even better this year.

Remember if your dependant child is eligible, completely fill out and return the scholarship application by the due date. You must know the university your child will attend in September, the drawing will take place at the May 11th meeting, awards will be presented at the June 22nd meeting. At the June meeting Todd Cardillo will present the scholarship in his fathers name, and (Ret. Det. NYPD) Randy Jurgensen will talk about the events of April 14, 1972. (He was there)!

Hope we see you at the next meeting, and at one of our upcoming participation events. You will definitely feel better if you can be there to help, and we do need the help.

Be careful, be safe wear your vest. You are important to us!

Fraternally,
Richie

Police Officer of the Month, May 2006

On Tuesday, June 14, 2005 at approximately 0755 hours, Police Officer Christopher Wiesneski, was on routine patrol in two-wheel scooter #951 in the vicinity of the Laurelton Parkway Park located at 120th Ave and 238th St.

Officer Wiesneski observed a male black subject rolling what appeared to be a marijuana cigarette. The subject was on a narrow asphalt path behind the right field fence of the Laurelton West Ballfield, which is located at the south end of the park.

Officer Wiesneski parked his scooter approximately ten feet north of the subject and approached on foot. As Officer Wiesneski approached he observed the subject was in possession of a firearm. Officer Wiesneski drew his firearm and became involved in a struggle to retain control of his own firearm with the subject.

During the ensuing struggle, Officer Wiesneski’s firearm discharged one time, striking Officer Wiesneski on the inside of his left leg, near his left knee. Officer Wiesneski transmitted a 10-13, eliciting a response of numerous units. Sergeant Eugene Marcaida, 113 Precinct BRAM Supervisor, was the first supervisor on scene, and directed the removal of Officer Wiesneski and initiated the investigation into the incident. Officer Wiesneski was removed to North Shore Hospital via RMP.

The perpetrator was reported to have fled the scene southbound on a bike path that runs parallel to the west side of the Laurelton Parkway. A crime scene was established, a Level 3 Mobilization was transmitted, and an intensive, large scale search was initiated for the perpetrator. With detailed information provided by Officer Wiesneski the perpetrator was apprehended after an extensive investigation and charged with attempted murder of a police officer.

For his actions, while facing a life threatening situation, the Shields of Long Island are proud to honor as police officer of the month, Police Officer Christopher Wiesneski.