This is a copy of the front page of the night owl edition (early edition) of the Daily News January 21st, 1975, The later edition told the whole horrible story. I will post the written article along with page one of the later edition as soon as I retrieve it.
Joe was loved and admired. He touched the lives of all who had the honor of knowing him. He will always be remembered.
We know...............we had the honor
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When God Made Police Officers
When the Lord was creating Police Officers, he was into his sixth day of overtime when an angel appeared and said, "You're doing a lot of fiddling around on this one." And the Lord said, "Have you read the spec on this order? A Police Officer has to be able to run five miles through alleys in the dark, scale walls, enter homes the health inspector wouldn't touch, and not wrinkle his uniform. "He has to be able to sit in an undercover car all day on a stakeout, cover a homicide scene that night, canvass the neighborhood for witnesses, and testify in court the next day.
"He has to be in top physical condition at all times, running on black coffee and half-eaten meals. And he has to have six pairs of hands." The angel shook her head slowly and said, "Six pairs of hands... no way."
"It's not the hands that are causing me problems, "said the Lord, "it's the three pairs of eyes an Officer has to have." "That's on the standard model?" asked the angel.
The Lord nodded. One pair that sees through a bulge in a pocket before he asks: "May I see what's in there, sir?" (When he already knows.) Another pair here in the side of his head for his partner's safety. And another pair of eyes here in front that can look reassuringly at a bleeding victim and say: "You'll be all right ma'am." (When he knows it isn't so.)
"Lord," said the angel, touching his sleeve, "rest and work on this tomorrow." "I can't," said the Lord, "I already have a model that can talk a 250 pound drunk into a patrol car without incident and feed a family of five on a civil service paycheck." The angel circled the model of the police officer very slowly, "Can it think?" she asked.
"You bet," said the Lord. "It can tell you the elements of a hundred crimes; recite Miranda warnings in its sleep; detain, investigate, search, and arrest a gang member on the street in less time than it takes five learned judges to debate the legality of the stop... and still, it keeps its sense of humor."
"This officer also has phenomenal personal control. He can deal with crime scenes painted in hell, coax a confession from a child abuser, comfort a murder victim's family, and then read in the daily paper how law enforcement isn't sensitive to the rights of criminal suspects."
Finally, the angel bent over and ran her finger across the cheek of the police officer. "There's a leak, "she pronounced. "I told you that you were trying to put too much into this model." "That's not a leak," said the Lord, "it's a tear." "What's the tear for?" asked the angel. "It's for bottled-up emotions, for fallen comrades, for commitment to that funny piece of cloth called the American flag, and for justice."
"You're a genius," said the angel.
The Lord looked somber.
"I didn't put it there," he said.
Everything passed Street naming will be on December 20th Thursday at 1100 hrs.
Henderson Avenue and Clinton Avenue, St. George, Staten Island at St. Peters High School......
Please try to make it.
After all the hectic phone calls, emails and preparation, the effort by Bill Cianci and Ray Sullivan, the street naming in honor of our fallen hero came to an end this morning.
At 1100 hours, Clinton Avenue a street in a beautiful location on Staten Island in front of an equally beautiful St. Peters High School located on a 20+ acre wooded piece of landscape in a quiet, peaceful residential neighborhood became Joe Garcia Place for now and forever.
To many of us, and there were many, this was a kind of ending that I think we were searching for.
Present at the event were Councilman Jerome X. O'Donovan, sponser of the bill, Councilman-elect Michael Mc Mahon, Assistant Chief Tony Mara, himself a former Sixth Precinct member, Members of the NYPD, The Police Piper Band and many of Joe's brother officers, also present were Joe's brother Frank Garcia and his sister Delores Kennedy. Members of todays Sixth Precinct and students of St. Peters High School also came out for the dedication.
The speeches by Councilman O'Donovan, Chief Tony Mara, Frank Garcia, Bill Cianci and Joe's sister Delores were very moving indeed, and brought tears to the eyes of many.
I had the feeling that if I turned around I would see Joe standing in the ballfield watching the ceremony. I know he was watching from somewhere.
I want to say thanks to those who attended on such short notice, and I want to apologize to those who we could not reach in time, I know you would have come.
Thanks to the Pipers, they are always a class act.
Update: December 20th 2001 - 1500 hours
Frank Garcia Chief Mara Chief Morange
Chief Tony Mara, (center) one of our own
Frank garcia, Joe's brother along with Billy Cianci unveiling the sign in front of the hero cop's alma mater
September 30th 2003
At the grand opening of Mounted Headquarters/Troop B at Pier 63, West 23rd Street and the Westside Highway. A horse was named in honor of Joe Garcia. The horse, photo on the right, with white hooves, is named Joey
Frankie Toscano speaking at the 30th anniversary of Joe Garcia at the station house, Hank Edgar and Jimmy Pico in the background and Frank Garcia and Mike Singer in the foreground.
Thanks to Dennis Conner for the coloration of Joe's Photo