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Lieutenant Joseph Petrosino

 
 
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By Larry Gertner, May 8, 2019
1. Lieutenant Joseph Petrosino Marker
Inscription.  Left marker:
Joseph (Giuseppe) Petrosino (1860-1909) was the first Italian-American lieutenant and detective in the New York City Police Department. Petrosino formed the “Italian Branch”, an elite corps of Italian-American undercover police that combated the “Black Hand” (Mano Nego) crime organization in America and Italy. As a result, thousands of organized crime figures were arrested. He also founded the bomb and canine squads, the first units of their kind in the United States.

Petrosino was killed in Palermo, making him the only New York City police officer to lose his life in the line of duty outside the United States. Upon his death, President Theodore Roosevelt declared, “Petrosino was a great man and a good man … he did not know the name of fear.” Many thousands of mourners attended his state funeral.

Joseph Petrosino remains a symbol of justice and social responsibility. The Lieutenant Detective Joseph Petrosino Awards are presented to outstanding police officers and other distinguished individuals in law enforcement.

Right marker:
Lieutenant Joseph Petrosino
Born
Lieutenant Joseph Petrosino Marker image. Click for full size.
By Larry Gertner, May 8, 2019
2. Lieutenant Joseph Petrosino Marker
1860 Padula (Sa), Italy
Died 1909 Palermo, Italy
New York City Police Department 1883-1909
 
Location. 40° 43.294′ N, 73° 59.854′ W. Marker is in New York, New York, in New York County. Marker is on Kenmare Street near Cleveland Place, on the right when traveling west. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: New York NY 10012, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Lieutenant Joseph Petrosino Park (was here, next to this marker but has been reported permanently removed. ); Lombardi's Pizza (about 500 feet away, measured in a direct line); Sisters of Charity (approx. 0.2 miles away); “I Absolve You” (approx. 0.2 miles away); Play Street - Little Italy (approx. 0.2 miles away); The Neighborhood - Little Italy (approx. 0.2 miles away); Within These Grounds Are Buried The Pioneering Priests (approx. 0.2 miles away); Old St. Patrick’s Cathedral (approx. 0.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in New York.
 
Categories. Law Enforcement
 
Lieutenant Joseph Petrosino Marker image. Click for full size.
By Larry Gertner, May 8, 2019
3. Lieutenant Joseph Petrosino Marker
Newspaper article of his life and death.
Lieutenant Joseph Petrosino Square image. Click for full size.
By Larry Gertner, May 8, 2019
4. Lieutenant Joseph Petrosino Square
Formerly Lieutenant Joseph Petrosino Park; rebuilt and renamed by NYC Parks & Recreation, 2010.
Lieutenant Joseph Petrosino Square, 2019 image. Click for full size.
By Larry Gertner, May 8, 2019
5. Lieutenant Joseph Petrosino Square, 2019
For a "square", it's entirely triangular.
 

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Credits. This page was last revised on May 9, 2019. This page originally submitted on May 9, 2019, by Larry Gertner of New York, New York. This page has been viewed 46 times since then. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on May 9, 2019, by Larry Gertner of New York, New York. • Andrew Ruppenstein was the editor who published this page.
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