Exhibit honors police killed by drunk drivers

Nassau County Executive Edward P. Mangano joined Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD), Police Commissioner Lawrence W. Mulvey, members of the Nassau STOP DWI program, and the families of Nassau Police Officer Kenneth Baribault and Suffolk County Police Officer Glen Ciano to announce an exhibit that pays tribute to police officers from New York State who were killed or injured in the line of duty by drunk drivers.

Called “The Courage to Serve”, the exhibit will be on display at the Roosevelt Field Mall in Garden City from Monday, Nov. 15 through Sunday, Nove. 21. Those profiled include injured Officer Kenneth Baribault and deceased Officer Glen Ciano, along with three other New York State police officers: Trooper Robert W. Ambrose, Trooper Anthony Catalfamo, Jr. and Officer Aldo A. Rossi, Jr. – all affected by drunk drivers.  

“This exhibit illustrates the irreparable harm that is caused by intoxicated drivers. It is my hope that while visiting Roosevelt Field, people will take a moment to reflect on these five officers who put their lives on the line every day to protect residents and were tragically injured or killed by drunk drivers,” said Mangano. “Let me be very clear: drunk driving will not be tolerated in Nassau County and we are going to continue doing all that we can to stop it.”

The exhibit has been brought to Long Island thanks to the efforts of Danielle (Baribault) Rella, working with Nassau Police Commissioner Lawrence Mulvey and MADD-Long Island. Simon Property Group Inc. which operates the property has generously donated the space.  The exhibit will be located in the Macy’s Court near the Disney Store.

“The Courage to Serve” exhibit is made possible by the Lewis Henry Morgan Institute at SUNY-Institute of Technology through funding by the National Highway Safety Administration with a grant from the New York State Governor’s Traffic Safety Committee. Dr. Dennis Foley is the Curator and designer.

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