GARDEN CITY, N.Y. (WCBS 880) – A new holiday exhibit at a mall on Long Island promises to bring tears to your eyes and could save lives.
“The Courage To Serve,” an exhibit highlighting and honoring five police officers killed or injured by drunk drivers, was unveiled Monday at the Roosevelt Field Mall, WCBS 880′s Mike Xirinachs reported.
Among those in attendance were Nassau County Executive Ed Mangano, DA Kathleen Rice, Police Commissioner Lawrence Mulvey and PBA President James Carver.
“These are five heroes — five families who have suffered. It really sets the stage and highlights the fact that no one is exempt. There is no one who is safe from the completely indiscriminate act of a reckless drunk driver,” Maureen McCormick, the Nassau Chief of Vehicular Crimes, said.
Sue Ciano, widow of fallen Suffolk County Officer Glen Ciano, was also at the mall Monday as the memorial was made public.
“I’m hoping this makes a difference for the holiday season and for the year,” Ciano said.
Police officer Kenneth Baribault — who is currently wheelchair bound — and his family also helped unveil the exhibit.
Both Baribault and Ciano were struck by alleged drunk drivers.
The exhibit is located in Macy’s Court near the Disney Store and will remain open through the holidays.