Supervisor Anthony J. Santino today presented the Town of Hempstead’s first-ever “Keys to the Town” to two NYPD officers who were shot in the line of duty. The officers, William Reddin of Lynbrook and William Yurkiw of Wantagh, were wounded during an early-morning pursuit and standoff with an armed man in Brooklyn. Santino was joined by Councilman Gary Hudes, Councilwoman Erin King Sweeney and Councilman Anthony D’Esposito.
“Day and night, police officers are on the streets and in the neighborhoods, putting their lives on the line to protect us,” Santino said. “They are our heroes, the first responders on the front lines. We’re proud to say that these two courageous officers call the Town of Hempstead home.”
At about 3:20 a.m. on February 20th, Officers William Reddin and Andrew Yurkiw responded to “shot-spotter” technology in Bedford-Stuyvesant, which indicated that shots were fired in the vicinity. That’s when the officers spotted a vehicle driving recklessly and going the wrong way down the street. Ultimately, the armed man pointed a gun at the officers and fired. Yurkiw was shot in the chest, but saved by his bulletproof vest. Reddin was shot in the lower back and hip area and required surgery. Both officers were treated and released from the hospital within days of the incident.
The Brooklyn District Attorney’s Office recently announced that the suspect was indicted and charged with 37-counts that could result in 50 years to life in prison if convicted.
“It’s truly an honor to recognize two courageous men from our hometown who risked their lives to protect the community that they serve,” Hudes said. “Thank you to these two officers and all in law enforcement who protect our neighborhoods each and every day,” King Sweeney added. “Being a police officer takes courage and bravery, and these two officers certainly were heroic when they encountered a dangerous individual,” D’Esposito said.
“The quick instincts of these officers kicked in when a cowardly person took aim at New York’s Finest and threatened the community,” Santino said. “These two superheroes stood in the face of danger to prevent an armed and dangerous criminal from hurting innocent civilians and their fellow men and women in blue.”