National Police Week honors the men and women who serve and sacrifice on behalf of law enforcement, paying special tribute to those peace officers who have lost their lives in the line of duty.

On Monday, I was proud to participate in the dedication of a new Memorial Garden in front of our Police Headquarters on North Avenue. Thoughtfully designed by New Rochelle High School senior and Eagle Scout candidate Paul Carbone, the garden features a memorial stone for each of the eight New Rochelle Police Officers who have fallen in the past century while protecting the lives of our citizens.

In addition, a plaque honoring those same eight was remounted next to the Memorial Garden. (This plaque used to be displayed at the old police headquarters on Beaufort Place, but had been in storage since the move to new headquarters over a decade ago.)

Paul Carbone not only conceived and designed the garden, he helped secure donated materials for it and organized workers to build and install it. Paul is graduating from NRHS this spring and will start at Johns Hopkins University in the fall. I wish him all the best, and thank him for his remarkable gift to the City.