Ten Haverstraw town and village police officers will be feted Friday on their retirements after decades of serving the public.
One officer in particular, Hector Soto, already has moved on in life to an elected councilman on the Haverstraw Town Board. Soto worked as a police officer for close to four decades and 36 years as a detective. He worked his share of robberies, shootings, rapes and homicide during his career. For many years, Soto was the countyâ€™s only Spanish-speaking officer â€“ and constantly called by other departments.
On Friday, a retirement dinner will be held at the Patriot Hills course clubhouse in Stony Point.
Aside from Soto, the other town police officer- honorees are Detective Richard Janeli, Sgt. DannyFarrell and Officer William Harvey.
Six Haverstraw village officers who retired when the Haverstraw village police department disbanded two years ago and the town police force took over patrolling the village. They are Police Chief John Reilly, Sgt. Claudio Gatti, Sgt. Paul Hykas, Detective Sgt. Frank Alessio, Detective Vincent Ryan and Officer Richard Chorus.
And several other retirees â€“ such as Detective Lt. Richard Rogers from the sunny shores and golf courses of Florida â€“ and officers from across the department will attend the dinner.
Anyone interested in attending can call members of the planning committee â€“ Dave Kryger, Jose Luna, Jorge Folch and Peter Connolly â€“ at the Haverstraw Town Police Department at 845-354-1500.
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