A bittersweet promotion ceremony was held in Downtown Manhattan Friday, as the partner and commanding officer of Detective Peter Figoski, the man shot to death during a botched robbery attempt in Brooklyn, moved up the ranks of the New York City Police Department. NY1’s Rebecca Spitz filed the following report.
There was a posthumous celebration of Detective Peter Figoski Friday. He was remembered during the New York City Police Department's promotions ceremony.
"The murder of a police officer is not a solitary event. It is an assault upon society. The entire city grieves this terrible loss,” said Police Commissioner Ray Kelly.
Figoski spent 22 years on the force. He was shot in the face while responding to a robbery in Brooklyn.
He was buried on Monday and posthumously promoted to detective first grade.
On Friday, his partner Glenn Estrada was also promoted. He was lauded by Kelly for keeping a calm head on a chaotic night when he ran after and subdued the armed man who allegedly fired the fatal shot.
"Officer Estrada is a marathoner in excellent shape. He stayed right behind him. Dangerous work. He did not fire a shot even though he chased this individual with a gun in his hand for two and a half blocks," said Kelly.
Police say Lamont Pride, 27, pulled the trigger. He is charged with first and second-degree murder.
Four other men are charged with second-degree murder.
Jeffrey Maddrey, the commanding officer of the 75th precinct who moved up from inspector to deputy chief, described the day as bittersweet.
"It's a great day as far as accomplishing a great feat in my career, but it's just with a heavy heart. My heart is really with the Figoski family. My heart is with the men and women of the 75th precinct right now,” said Maddrey.
Detective Figoski's family didn't attend the ceremony, but Maddrey's proud daughters were there.
"He takes good care of me and he loves me and he'll always be there for me no matter what,” said 10-year-old Jaelyn Maddrey.
While both men promoted will remain at the 75th precinct, Kelly said there could be some discussion about whether Detective Estrada has anything else in mind.
Otherwise, he will go back to his regular assignment, working as he did before Detective Figoski's death.