STATEMENT OF MATTHEW LISTWAN, PRESIDENT OF THE POLICEBENEVOLENT ASSOCIATION OF PLEASANTVILLE, NEW YORK, INC. INSUPPORT OF OFFICER AARON HESS
In the early morning hours of October
Pleasantville Police Officer Aaron Hessresponded to a call of a "dispute" at Finnegan's Pub
Thornwood. Upon arrival, Officer Hessassisted Mt. Pleasant police officers who were dealing with the aftermath of that bar incident inthe parking area at the Thornwood Shopping Center. At that time, the operator of one vehiclenow identified as Danroy Henry ignored instructions from a Mt. Pleasant police officer to stopand instead drove forward toward Officer Hess who
in the path of the vehicle. Officer Hessraised his hand signaling the vehicle to stop, fully expecting the driver to comply. Inexplicably,the driver did not comply and two officers were struck by the vehicle. Officer Hess was thrownonto the hood of the vehicle. The operator continued to ignore verbal commands to stop, thevehicle continued forward with Officer Hess clinging to the hood of the vehicle. Fearing for hislife and that of others, Officer Hess fired his weapon to stop the threat that was presented by thevehicle and the actions of the driver. Mt. Pleasant Police Officer RonaldBeckley also fired hisweapon at the scene.The vehicle struck two police vehicles. Officer Hess was thrown to theground.Officer Hess was seriously injured as a result of being hit by the vehicle and heunderwent a
hour surgery to repair his knee and was admitted to the hospital for further care.He faces possible further surgeries to the knee.Officer Hess has been and is an outstanding police officer, with whom all members of thePleasantville Police Benevolent Association are proud to serve.