Street Adjacent To 69th Pct. Renamed For Slain Police Officer
In an emotional ceremony last Saturday, Nov-ember 12, rank and file officers gathered as one with top brass from the New York Police Department to honor an officer from the 69th Precinct who gave up his life in the line of duty.
The occasion was the renaming of the street directly next to the station house — East 98th Street between Foster Avenue and Farragut Road — to be called Police Officer Raymond Cannon Jr. Way. Cannon, 26, was killed during a gun battle more than a decade ago while trying to thwart a robbery in a bicycle store in a shopping center on East 107th Street. The man who shot Cannon twice in the head was himself killed in the gun battle by Cannon’s partner, Police Officer Kevin Murphy. Three other suspects who continued the gun battle, were caught cowering behind some boxes and gar-bage in the basement of the shopping center a short time later.
Police Commissioner Ray Kelly praised Cannon and Murphy and expressed condolences to members of Cannon’s family, including his wife Laura, brothers Michael, with his wife Kathy, Jerry, David and his son Max. Raymond’s parents, Margaret and Raymond Sr. live in Florida and were unable to attend the ceremony due to health problems. An NYPD Special Unit videotaped the ceremony and will present the parents with a copy.
Also attending the ceremony were representatives of the Patrolmen’s Benevolent Association, Frater-nal Order of Police, Captain Ralph Monteforte, commanding officer of the 69th Precinct, State Assem-blyman Frank Seddio and City Councilman Charles Barron.
Photos by Sonny Maxon