Sentencing for Pierson Murder on July 16th

On Thursday, July 16th at 130 PM at the Hall of Justice (99 Exchange Blvd), Thomas Johnson III will be sentenced for the murder of Rochester Police Officer Daryl Pierson (EOW: 9/3/14) in front of Judge Moran. If you are available, please feel free to attend the sentencing to show support to the Pierson family as well as his coworkers. If you are not able to attend, please keep Daryl, his family, and coworkers in your thoughts and prayers.

To Honor a Hero

Our official S.O.A.R. photographer, retired Deputy Lee Knitter, teamed up with the Secretary of our local chapter of C.O.P.S., retired Deputy Larry Crawford, and Monroe County Sheriff’s Office Quartermaster Todd Allen to produce a slideshow of photographs taken during the funeral of Rochester Police Officer Daryl Pierson. The disc contains 81 photographs taken at the funeral by members of the Rochester Police Department (RPD) and others. The slideshow was produced under the direction of members of the RPD Command, and the final product is a tribute to one of our community’s fallen heroes.

Both retired Deputies have met with Officer Pierson’s widow, Mrs. Amy Pierson, and other members of the Pierson family to present them with copies of their work. Presentations of the slideshow were also made to the RPD Command, represented by Commander Morabito, Captain Lynn Johnson and members of the RPD Tach Unit, along with Badge of Honor representatives. Deputies Knitter and Crawford have also presented copies of the disc to Monroe County Sheriff Patrick O’Flynn, Undersheriff William Sanborn, Rochester Locust Club President, Investigator Mike Mazzeo and ARPALER President Joseph Cimino.

Honoring Our Fallen Heroes!

Over the last several months, many individuals and organizations have worked together with the production and installation of the Monroe County Sheriff’s Office Memorial Plaques. Over its long history serving Monroe County residents, the MCSO has lost eleven of its personnel in the line of duty.

Special thanks go to retired Monroe County Public Safety Director, Mr. Steve Bowman, who began this project in 2011, and to Monroe County Director of Transportation, Mr. Terrence Rice, who organized the effort to create the memorial plaques themselves. Thanks go also to Sheriff Patrick O’Flynn, Undersheriff Sanborn and Jail Superintendent Harling for their assistance, especially in the installation of two plaques at the main entrance to the Monroe County Jail, honoring SGT Pete Rotolo and CPL Cathy Crawford.

In the Town of Brighton, Chief of Police Mark Henderson and Highway Superintendent Keef, with the guidance and assistance of Brighton Town Supervisor Moehle, enabled the installation of two MCSO Memorial Plaques near the sites where Deputies Munz and C. Fred Sova gave their lives.

Over the last few weeks, retired Deputies Crawford, Seewald, Knitter and others have made great strides in the installation of the remaining plaques. Thanks to the generosity of the leadership of the Village of Scottsville and the commander and membership of the Village of Scottsville Smith Warren American Legion Post, we were able to install three plaques honoring Deputies Birmingham, Dombrowski and Marshall, all of whom gave their lives in incidents in and near the village boundaries. The assistance of Village of Scottsville DPW Superintendent, Mr. Steve Farrell, was invaluable to the completion of this installation.

Also, in cooperation with the NYS Department of Transportation through the NYS DOT Adopt a Highway Program, S.O.A.R. has secured DOT permission to install two memorial plaques near the intersection of Scottsville Rd and Ballantyne Bridge. It was near this area that Deputies Pullano and Conheady gave their lives.

Finally, our thanks go to the Home Depot and Lowe’s stores in our area that have donated much of the material used for the installation.

It has been our mission at S.O.A.R. to honor these individuals with the respect they deserve, and to work hard so that our community does not forget their sacrifice and the sacrifices made by their families. We hope we have not forgotten anyone or any organization that has helped us towards the the successful completion of this task.

Upcoming Genesee Valley C.O.P.S. Events

1. Saturday, November 8, 2014 at 11 AM there will be a Support Group held at Gates Town Hall 1605 Buffalo Road Rochester, NY 14624. ***Note this is NOT being held at the Ambulance Base where they have been held in the past.

The Support Group is for new and past survivors. Whether you are coming to get support or to give support, please come.

2. Saturday, November 8, 2014 at approximately 12:15 PM GV C.O.P.S. Fall Get Together held at Gates Town Hall 1605 Buffalo Rd Rochester, NY 14624.

Lunch will be provided and a short business meeting will be held, then a time to get together and have some fun! Children are welcome to attend

3. Tuesday, December 2, 2014 at 7 PM at Christ Episcopal Church 141 East Ave Rochester, NY is our Chapter’s Annual Candlelight Memories Vigil.

Police Unity Tour Fundraiser

Help support Captain Lynde Johnston and Officer Adam Johnston in their efforts to raise the funds to cover the entry fees for the Police Unity Tour, a 400-mile ride from Florham Park, New Jersey, to the National Law Enforcement Officer’s Memorial in Washington, DC, to raise awareness of Law Enforcement Officers who have died in the line of duty. Captain and Officer Johnston will be riding in memory of Officer Daryl Pierson.

The fundraiser will be held this Sunday, October 12th, at Caverly’s Irish Pub on South Avenue. For more information, click here to open the flyer.

Memorial Plaque Dedication Ceremony

S.O.A.R., the Badge of Honor Association and the Monroe County Sheriff’s Office are happy to announce that a Memorial Plaque dedication ceremony will be held on Wednesday, September 24, 2014 starting at 9 AM. The event will be held at the corner of Highland Ave and Clover Street in front of the Baptist Temple (1101 Clover Street). Free parking will be available in the church parking lot, a short walk from the ceremony site.

Please join us to honor one of our MCSO heroes, Special Deputy Joseph Munz, EOW February 26, 1932. Special Deputy Munz was assisting with the investigation of an automobile crash when hit by a passing vehicle. He later died from his injuries.