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Police union on Danroy Henry Jr. shooting

Police union on Danroy Henry Jr. shooting

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Police statement on shooting of football player and Easton native Danroy Henry Jr.
Police statement on shooting of football player and Easton native Danroy Henry Jr.

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Published by: BostonGlobe on Oct 22, 2010
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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
17,
2010,
Pleasantville Police Officer Aaron Hessresponded to a call of a "dispute" at Finnegan's Pub
in
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
was
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
4
%
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.
 
Officer Aaron Hess is
a
lifelong resident of this community and he graduated fromPleasantville High School where he was Captain of his High School football and basketballteams.Officer Aaron Hess is
an
honorably discharged and highly decorated member of theUnited States Marine Corp. who served his Country for four years (1996-2000) including serviceduring Operation Desert Fox. He was the recipient of meritorious service citations and was aCrew Chief of a Marine Amphibious Assault Unit.Upon completion of his military service, Officer Hess returned home and began hisservice with the New York City Police Department in 2000 where he served with distinction andreceived commendations for meritorious police duty and excellent police service. In 2003,Officer Hess returned home to the Village of Pleasantville and he joined the Police Departmentas a police officer. He has served as
a
K-9 Officer with the Department since 2005 and has beenthe recipient of two excellent police duty awards.Officer Hess and K-9 Rox have participated in numerous community events andprograms at the Bedford Road School and the Pleasantville Middle School.Officer Hess has never been the subject ofexcessive force complaints with either theCity of New York or Village of Pleasantville.Officer Hess has
never
been disciplined formisconduct with either the City of New York or Village of Pleasantville. Officer Hess has
never
before been forced to use his firearm in the line of duty.Officer Hess acted in accordance with his training and as required under thecircumstances with which he was confronted.The members of the Villsge of Pleasantville Police Benevolent Association stand firmlybehind Officer Hess and remain confident that upon a full, fair and complete investigation of the

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