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    Remembering the Fallen LEO

    There will be a 40th anniversary memorial and street renaming in North Massapequa, Saturday, Aug. 2. Sadly, I can't find out very much about this officer other than the circumstances of his death and the parole status of his killers. I can't find his name among Plainedge alumni. I don't know if he grew up in the area or lived here when he was killed.

    PO Russell Renaming.jpg
    "The devil doesn't come dressed in a red cape and pointy horns. He comes as everything you've ever wished for.”
    Tucker Max

    Infirmitate Invitat Violentiam
    Finicky Fat Guy

    #2
    Grew up in Brooklyn

    https://www.nypdangels.com/cop/cop.php?id=114

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      #3
      He is one of the 964 NYPD officers that gave his all......

      The motto of the NYPD is Fidelis ad Mortum, or “faithful unto death.”

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        #4
        RIP

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          #5
          I couldn't find anything about where he lived, but found his story sad and interesting.

          Off-duty, playing softball in Brooklyn, 75 precinct cops vs. a local team, and as P.O. Russell is at bat one of the outfielders is shot and killed. Russell and others gave chase (unarmed), and finally caught the guy in his own backyard, where the bad guy shoots Russell who's trying to arrest him for the murder. Wife gets 'the call'; caller says her husband's been hurt at work, and she says 'he's not at work'. Crazy.

          From ODMP and other articles:
          Police Officer Michael D. Russell | New York City Police Department, New York
          New York City Police Department, New York
          Police Officer Michael D. Russell
          New York City Police Department, New York

          End of Watch Thursday, August 2, 1979
          MICHAEL D. RUSSELL


          Police Officer Michael Russell was shot and killed while off-duty as he attempted to arrest a man who and just shot and killed a civilian.

          Officer Russell had just finished his tour and went to a softball field at a local public school to play softball with several officers from his precinct and several community members. During the game, three men began to slowly walk across the field, interrupting the game. When the civilian playing in the outfield asked the men to get off the field, one of the men drew an Arminius .38 special and shot and killed him. The suspect then fled with Officer Russell and several other off-duty officers in pursuit. The suspect exchanged several shots with the officers and was struck twice in the legs. He was cornered in the rear yard of 203 Essex Street.

          Officer Russell was shot in the stomach as he and other officers attempted to take the suspect into custody.

          Officer Russell was removed to the hospital where he died several hours later from his wound.

          The 18-year-old suspect was convicted of second degree murder and manslaughter and sentenced to life in prison.

          Officer Russell was assigned to the 75th Precinct. He was survived by his wife and two children.

          The right fielder in that long ago summer softball game, a 32-year-old local merchant named Edward Brugman, had asked the intruding teens not to interrupt the game. One of them, 18-year-old Sergio Voii, responded by pulling a gun from a plastic bag and shooting Brugman to death while his wife and two young children watched from the bleachers.

          Russell was unarmed, but he was still a cop in the bravest sense, and he ran after the fleeing Voii. The chase went for block after block, until Russell finally caught up with Voii in what turned out to be the gunman’s own backyard. Voii fired again.

          Russell’s wife, Grace, was at the kitchen sink, peeling potatoes in preparation for a barbecue the family had planned that evening, when she got the phone call informing that her husband had been hurt. She had just put her 1-year-old son, Donald, to bed. Little Jessica was on her way back from spending the day with a relative.
          The phone rang. One of Michael's fellow cops informed her he had been hurt at work. She told that cop that Michael was not working. He was playing in the softball game between the cops of the 75th Precinct and a community team in East New York.

          Related:

          NYPD widow learns NYS Parole Board has not received 200,000 messages opposing release of cop killers

          The state Parole Board quietly shuttered an online service created to send letters opposing the release of NYPD cop-killers straight to the agency, with as many as 200,000 messages left in limbo since 2014, the Daily News has learned.
          The bizarre discovery was made last month by Grace Russell, whose husband Michael Russell, 30, was shot and killed in East New York in 1979.
          But unbeknownst to the union, the Parole Board discontinued the program in 2014. Since then, as many as 200,000 letters opposing parole for cop killers — including 48,500 in 2018 — never reached the desks of the commissioners.
          While the e-mail link was down, convicted cop-killers Herman Bell and Robert Hayes were released by the parole board last year.
          No Better Friend, No Worse Enemy

          - U.S. Marines

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            #6
            I saw that story about the crime that cost him his life and the story about the parole board letters. In one of the stories about the letters they mentioned his wife, who still lives in Amityville. I just wondered what his connection to NM was. Maybe he lived here after going on the job.
            "The devil doesn't come dressed in a red cape and pointy horns. He comes as everything you've ever wished for.”
            Tucker Max

            Infirmitate Invitat Violentiam
            Finicky Fat Guy

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              #7
              Great organization - honors the present/recent, and those forgotten - https://www.odmp.org/

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