National Police Week

Floor Speech

Date: May 11, 2022
Location: Washington, DC


Mr. GARBARINO. Mr. Speaker, I rise today during National Police Week, in recognition of the men and women of law enforcement who put their lives on the line every single day in order to protect and serve.

I rise to express my profound gratitude to our law enforcement officers for their incredible bravery and sacrifice, especially those in the Suffolk County Police Department, Nassau County Police Department, NYPD, and Port Authority Police Department--and to recognize one hero in particular.

In April 2021, Suffolk County Police Officer Christopher Racioppo engaged a suspect who crashed his car after driving erratically down South Ocean Avenue in Patchogue. The driver exited his car, attacked and stabbed Officer Racioppo, nearly costing him his life.

Thankfully, Officer Racioppo made a full recovery and was promoted to detective shortly after. He is being honored this week by the National Association of Police Organizations, along with another Suffolk County Police Officer, Taylor Herbst, and two NYPD officers, Robert Holmes and Alejandra Jacobs.

Congratulations to those officers and may God bless them and watch over them and all of our brave men and women in blue.