Retired detective adds sculpture to cop tributes

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Among the flowers, candles and other tributes to slain NYPD officers Jason Rivera and Wilbert Mora is a 900-pound sculpture installed this week outside the 32nd Precinct Police Station.

The 8.5-foot-tall bronze depicts Saint Michael the Archangel, the patron saint of the police, cradling a deceased officer.

The artwork is on loan from Patrick Brosnan, who retired as an NYPD detective in 1996 and first wanted to commission the artwork after the 2014 murders of officers Wenjian Liu and Rafael Ramos.

Brosnan said he found sculptor Paul Tadlock in Texas who made a similar statue, installed in 2010, to honor fallen officers in Odessa.

Efforts to fund the new statue fizzled out until about 18 months ago when Brosnan, who runs security firm Brosnan Risk Consultants, decided to pay for it himself, shelling out more than $100,000.

The sculpture arrived at Brosnan’s home in Rockland County around Thanksgiving.

The 8.5-foot-tall bronze depicts Saint Michael the Archangel, the patron saint of the police, cradling a deceased officer.

“I prayed and hoped that he would stay like some kind of fountain in my backyard and never have to be deployed to precincts or posts where officers might have been murdered,” he said. declared.

But the tragic deaths of Rivera and Mora led him to transport the huge piece to the Harlem police station on Thursday using a truck and seven strong men.

He said he would leave him there for several weeks and then take him elsewhere in the country when officers were killed in order to provide a measure of comfort.

“In the end, it’s the least I can do. The least,” he said. “And I’m glad we did.”

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