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News Release

February 23, 2011      

For Further Information Contact:
William R. Steinhaus, County Executive
(845) 486-2000

County Executive Steinhaus to represent county residents at funeral service for Officer Falcone
“Our community mourns the loss of a true hero”

Poughkeepsie… Dutchess County Executive William R. Steinhaus will join City of Poughkeepsie Mayor John Tkazyik and Police Chief Ronald Knapp tomorrow to pay tribute to fallen City of Poughkeepsie Police Officer John Falcone at his funeral service in Carmel, New York.    Dutchess County Sheriff Adrian “Butch” Anderson and Emergency Response Coordinator Dana Smith will join the County Executive in representation of the residents of Dutchess County to offer condolences to the family of Officer Falcone and honor his service to the community.

“Our community has suffered the loss of a true hero.   On behalf of all county residents, we offer our prayers to the family of John Falcone and our grateful appreciation for his service.  We stand together as a united community to honor his sacrifice and mourn this tragic loss,” said County Executive Steinhaus.

County Executive Steinhaus will join the delegation of officials, police and City of Poughkeepsie employees who will travel together to Putnam County for the funeral service.   County Executive Steinhaus and Sheriff Anderson will then join Putnam County Executive Paul J. Eldridge and Putnam County Sheriff Donald Blaine Smith to pay respects and offer condolences.

County agencies provide support to City of Poughkeepsie

As the City of Poughkeepsie observes a “Day of Remembrance” on Thursday, February 24th,  county government departments and agencies will provide coverage for essential operations to allow city employees to mourn the loss of one of their own for a 32 hour period beginning at midnight Thursday, February 24th until 8am on Friday, February  25th. 

  • Dutchess County Sheriff’s Office will provide normal police patrol coverage in the City of Poughkeepsie as well as any calls for service.

  • Dutchess County 911 Public Safety Dispatchers have been assigned to cover City of Poughkeepsie’s 911 call center on Thursday, ensuring all police, fire and ambulance calls are handled professionally, without disruption.

  • Dutchess County Public Transit’s LOOP buses will be utilized to transport Deputy Sheriffs and City of Poughkeepsie staff from City Hall to the funeral service.

Dutchess County Government has been assisting the City of Poughkeepsie since the tragedy occurred last Friday.   County agencies that have been involved in providing resources and support include:

  • Dutchess County Sheriff’s Office

  • Dutchess County District Attorney’s Office

  • Dutchess County Department of Emergency Response

  • Dutchess County Medical Examiners Office

  • Dutchess County Department of Social Services, Childrens’ Protective Services Unit

  • Additionally, the Dutchess County’s Department of Mental Hygiene Trauma Team was activated for counseling support for police officers, city staff, and all others directly impacted by the tragedy.

City of Poughkeepsie Mayor John Tkazyik said, “As Poughkeepsie mourns the passing of Officer Falcone, I must take the time to express my gratitude to those in County government that have stepped up and helped the City in every possible way.  Although this is a difficult time, I appreciate County Executive Steinhaus’ support of the City and for his recognition of our very special hero.”

Flags on all county facilities have been at half mast in honor of Officer Falcone since Saturday morning and will remain at half mast through the funeral services tomorrow.

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