Police Officer Michael Perry White Plains Police Department New York End of Watch: Saturday, June 12, 2010

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Police Officer Michael Perry
White Plains Police Department
New York

End of Watch: Saturday, June 12, 2010

Biographical Info
Age: 43
Tour of Duty: 7 years
Badge Number: Not available

Incident Details
Cause of Death: Heart attack
Date of Incident: Saturday, June 12, 2010
Weapon Used: Person
Suspect Info: Apprehended

Officer Michael Perry suffered a fatal heart shortly after chasing and arresting a man at a local mall. He had called for assistance and chased the larceny suspect a short distance before placing him into custody.
Officer Perry transported the man to police headquarters for booking when he suddenly collapsed. He was transported to White Plains Hospital where he passed away a short time later.
The suspect, who was a career criminal with over 300 arrests, was charged with resisting arrest and larceny.
Officer Perry had served with the White Plains Police Department for seven years.

Agency Contact Information
White Plains Police Department
77 South Lexington Avenue
White Plains, NY 10601
Phone: (914) 422-6230

www.lohud.com

Michael Perry, the White Plains police officer who died of a heart attack Saturday after chasing and arresting a career criminal, was posthumously promoted to the rank of Detective, Mayor Adam Bradley announced during a Flag Day ceremony today.

"Detective Perry put his life on the line for the safety of our residents," Bradley said during the City Hall ceremony. "Now it’s time for us to make sure he is recognized for his time and service."

Flags throughout the city were being flown at half staff in tribute to the fallen officer — whose death in the line of duty was the first in White Plains in more than six decades.

Perry, 43, was on patrol about 4:40 p.m. Saturday when he and Officer Jennifer Libruzzi chased theft suspect Rickey Pryor to Main and Court streets, where they arrested him after a brief struggle. Pryor, 53, is a career criminal with more than 300 arrests, mostly on minor drug and theft charges in New York City.

As Pryor was being processed at Police Headquarters, an ambulance was called for Perry, who complained of chest pains. He collapsed as he was walking to the ambulance and died at White Plains Hospital Center at 5:50 p.m.

The father of twin 6-year-old boy, Perry had served in White Plains for 7 1/2 years, after a two-year stint with the New York City Department of Environmental Protection police.

Known as "a cop’s cop" who loved his job and his fellow officers, Perry had worked in the patrol and community policing divisions. His colleagues said he was in superb shape and worked out rigorously every day.

"He’s Detective Michael Perry from now on," said Public Safety Commissioner David Chong. "In law enforcement, a detective’s shield is something you have to earn. You can’t study for it and take a test. It’s typically rewarded to an outstanding officer who has displayed commitment, perseverance and dedication over a period of time. All of these qualities exemplify Detective Michael Perry."

A wake for Perry is scheduled from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. Tuesday at the Clark Funeral Home, 2104 Saw Mill River Road (also known as Route 35) in Yorktown Heights. A funeral service is to be held at the St. Patrick’s Church at 137 Moseman Road in Yorktown Heights at 10 a.m. Wednesday. His burial will take place in Hillside Cemetery in Cortlandt Manor following the service.

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