November 13, 2017




Brewster police dog Falco remembered as ‘angel in blue’

BREWSTER – There wasn’t a dry eye at Wells Park in Brewster Sunday when Brewster Police Chief John DelGado presented the ashes of the department’s beloved canine, Falco, to the dog’s handler, Sgt. Paul Italiano, during a memorial service that attracted some 200 mourners on a chilly morning.

Presentation of Falco's ashes

Fellow K-9s stand watch

The five-year-old German shepherd named in memory of Carmel resident and former Detective John Falcone of the Poughkeepsie City Police Department who was killed in the line of duty in 2011, lost his battle last month to cancer.

Falco’s handler, Sergeant Paul Italiano, said his “partner fought the good fight. Falco was more than just a police canine. He was a member of our family, living with us. He was always vigilant and ready to please.”

Mayor James Schoenig told those gathered “Falco served whenever needed. Canines offer a blanket of protection like no other. Falco was not just a dog. He was a member of the Italiano family, our family of Brewster residents, a member of the Brewster Police Department family. We have all lost a dear and dedicated friend.”

Members of area police agency canine corps were in attendance including the Sheriff’s Department, Kent Police, Poughkeepsie Police and MTA Police.

A contingent of from the Fraternal Order of Police was also on hand along with the New York Riders.


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