BY ANTHONY O’REILLY
Police officers from the 102nd, 106th and 113th Precincts gathered at Villa Russo on Wednesday, February 27 for the monthly meeting of the Jamaica Rotary Club to honor the 25th anniversary of the death of NYPD officer Edward “Eddie” Byrne.
Byrne was a police officer working in Jamaica when he was killed on February 26, 1988 after a drug kingpin reportedly ordered his murder. He was five days away from turning 22. His homicide became a turning point in the city’s war on crime.
Joe Iaboni, president of the Jamaica Rotary Club, said the meetings are a time to honor the memory of Byrne, especially during the anniversary of his death and the actions of the new generation of police officers who work to make the city safe.
Several cops from the three precincts, which make up the Patrol Borough Queens South, were honored at the ceremony, receiving the Eddie R. Byrne “Cop of the Month” award at the club’s monthly meeting. Sergeant Sonia Christian and police officers Anthony Canale and Joseph Algerio from the 113th Precinct received the award for actions above and beyond the call of duty.