12/19/2000

After 12 years, fallen officer gets
detective's promotion
[New York, NY]

PoliceOne Staff Report
(NEW YORK) -- Twelve years after Joseph Galapo was killed in the line of duty the New York City Police Department fulfilled his dream of becoming a detective.

During a ceremony at One Police Plaza on Dec. 15, Lana Galapo, widow of the fallen officer, accepted the gold detective shield from Police Commissioner Bernard Kerik.

"It's a tragedy that we can't hand him his gold shield," Kerik told the New York Post.

"Twelve years is a long time, but the NYPD has not forgotten. Detective Galapo is a story of courage from the first day he took his oath," Kerik said.

Galapo was shot and killed by his partner, Sgt. William Martin, during a struggle with a suspect in a 1988 buy-and-bust operation.

Galapo's family won a $17.9 million dollar lawsuit from the city for the accidental shooting.

"He knew he was going to be promoted," the Galapo's widow Galapo told the Post.

"I remember he told me that, when he was a little boy in Paris, he pointed to a uniformed officer and told his mother, 'One day, I'm going to wear a uniform like that.'"

Galapo had been taking the detective exam before the shooting.

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