NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — Late and beloved reporter John Slattery was honored Wednesday evening with a plaque in the CBS2 newsroom.

A New York news icon, John died suddenly from an apparent heart attack on Sept. 25 of last year at his home in Westchester County.

Slattery’s family joined his CBS2 colleagues as the plaque was unveiled by CBS2’s Dana Tyler and Tony Aiello.

CBS2’s Aiello read the inscription.

A plaque in the CBS2 newsroom honors late CBS2 reporter John Slattery. (Credit: Jesse Zanger/CBS New York)

A plaque in the CBS2 newsroom honors late CBS2 reporter John Slattery. (Credit: Jesse Zanger/CBS New York)

“As part of the WCBS-TV News family for nearly 30 years, ‘Slats’ was a legendary storyteller and reporter. He was devoted to the highest standards of our craft and an unwavering advocate for the First Amendment,” the plaque reads. “John’s friends were many. His honesty, humanity and humor touched us all. We cherish his memory.”

CBS2’s Tyler also presented to Slattery’s wife, children and grandchildren video of his almost 30 years of work at CBS2.

For more than 30 years on New York television, you could count on John Slattery to set the scene for you, to report the news.

Covering the five boroughs and the Tri-State Area for WCBS-TV since October 1984, from the start, John reported on the biggest stories, including subway vigilante Bernie Goetz.

A four-time Emmy winner, he didn’t let go of stories that touched him deeply. Year after year, John reported on the missing boy Etan Patz.

John was on the scene of countless tragedies. On Sept. 11, 2001, he was one of the first reporters to arrive on the chaotic and terrifying scene, having witnessed the second plane strike the World Trade Center while emergency vehicles were still trying to make their way to the disaster.

He was steady, plainspoken and unflappable.

He was an observer who wasn’t afraid to tell it like it is. He wrote about world and religious leaders, and covered politicians, perpetrators and regular people of all walks of life.

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