A Poughkeepsie officer killed in the line of duty is honored one year later. Our Venise Toussaint has the story.
POUGHKEEPSIE, N.Y. -- Its been one year since Poughkeepsie officer John Falcone was killed in the line of duty-on saturday, friends family and fellow officers gathered to honor the life of a fallen hero.
“I loved his job and he loved his family a lot if not more and we all miss him very dearly,” said Falcone's sister, Victoria Falcone Fiorisi.
Falcone will be remembered by loved ones for his bravery and love. The 18 year veteran officer responded to a call of shots fired on February 18th of last year, arriving on the scene he was confronted by Lee Welch who was armed with a gun and a three year old. Police said Falcone saved a child life before being Welch shot and killed him.
“We of course miss him we were very proud by what he did saving the life of the child that to me just really means a lot,” said his cousin Robert Frank.
Police said Welch also shot his wife in the car before shooting himself. At Falcone's remembrance ceremony prayers were read and many spoke of his courage.
“I don’t think that anyone will ever forget or completely get over it but this is one milestone or hurdle for us to get over,” said Sergeant Sean McCarthy.
His death still painful but his the legacy of strength, honor and love one that will always be remembered.
“I have a lot of good memories and I’m going to try to hold on to those and cherish those," Fiorisi said.