'Through it all, be at my side'

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On Tuesday morning, members of the community and local officials gathered at the Cranston Police Department’s Garfield Avenue headquarters for the 27th annual Memorial Service, held as part of National Police Memorial Week.

The event included tributes to Officer Leonard F. D’Errico, who served on the department for 28 years and passed away in December 2018, and Detective William J. Palmer, who also served for 28 years and passed away in February of this year. Members of both the officers’ families were in attendance, and the department’s Mobile Crime Lab, which has been dedicated in Palmer’s memory, was also present.

Cranston High School West student Megan Mahoney led the national anthem and the Pledge of Allegiance, and fellow Cranston West student Dominic Kaffenberger performed taps. Father Robert Marciano provided the invocation and benediction.

Representatives of the International Brotherhood of Police Officers, Cranston Police Relief Association, Cranston Police Retirees’ Association and Fraternal Order of Police took part in a wreath-laying ceremony, while the Cranston Police Honor Guard presented and retrieved the colors. Retired Sgt. Floyd Smith, Capt. Carl Rob Ricci and recruit Alberto Diaz led the roll call of the deceased.

Maj. Todd Patalano, Chief of Police Col. Michael Winquist and Mayor Allan Fung were among the speakers during the event.

(Herald photos by Steve Popiel)

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