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Durant Avenue, between Buffalo Street and Hopkins Avenue in Staten Island  was re-named the Detective Russel Timoshenko Way.  In 2007, 23 year old rookie, Detective Russel Timoshenko, 71st Precinct, was shot twice in the face during a routine traffic stop. He died 5 days later, leaving behind his mother and father. He was their only child. He had served with the department for 18 months.

On Sunday, November 15, 2009, his fellow cops and the NYPD honored his memory in a dedication ceremony that renamed the street on which he lived in the Bay Terrace section of Staten Island.  

Ranks of police officers from his command, the 71st Precinct as well as members of Patrol Borough Brooklyn South and other precincts paid homage to their comrade. 
Police Commissioner Raymond Kelly addressed the assembly of relatives and friends of Detective Timoshenko. Both active and retired members of the NYPD stood on all sides as he spoke of the dedication and sacrifice of  the young officer.

Police Commissioner Raymond Kelly

Police Commissioner Raymond Kelly, 1st Deputy Commissioner George Grasso, Chief of Department Joseph Esposito, Chief of Patrol Robert Giannelli,  Asst Chief Raymond Diaz,  CO, PBMN, Asst Chief Steven Paragallo,  CO, PBSI,  DI  John Denesopolis, CO, 120th Precinct, DI Thomas Delehanty, CO, 122nd Precinct,  Det Michael Palladino, DEA President, Det William F. McNeely, DEA Manhattan South Trustee, Det Sam Miller,  DEA Sgt at Arms, Det. Jeffrey A. Ward, DEA Staten Island Trustee,  Patrick Lynch,  PBA President and PO Richard Rodriquez, PBA Financial Secretary, Lower Manhattan and Staten Island comprised the representatives of the NYPD and the Line Organizations.

There were also many active and retired members of the NYPD who were present and honored the memory of Detective Timoshenko.    The motorcycle group known as the
Blue Knights stood in ranks during the dedication.  
NYC Councilman Vincent Ignizio (R) spoke to the assembled cops and relatives.  District Attorney Dan Donovan was also present with members of the NYPD.

NYC Councilman Vincent Ignizio

After the formal dedication ceremony,  Leonid and Tatyana Timoshenko opened their home for refreshments for the many members of the NYPD who were in attendance.

PC Kelly with the parents of Det Timoshenko, Leonid and Tatyana Timoshenko

Members of the DEA with the parents of Det Timoshenko

LtoR: Chief Diaz, Rich Rodriquez, Ed Reuss, Dan Donovan, Arnie Roma, Sam Miller

LtoR: DI Denesopolis, John McLoughlin, John Garrity, Ed Reuss, John Scotto, Arnie Roma

LtoR: Det Sam Miller, Arnie Roma, Ed Reuss, AC Ray Diaz, Richie Rodriquez

Chief of Dept Joseph Esposito with Det Bill McNeely, DEA Trustee

PC Ray Kelly with Arnie Roma whose son Keith perished in the attack on the Twin Towers

Kelly responds to the members of the press about another shooting

Captain Edward D. Reuss, NYPD (Retired) at the Timoshenko Way Dedication


It is gratifiying to me when the leadership of the NYPD responds to events such as the dedication of a small street in Staten Island in memory of a cop who gave his life for the citizens of this great city.   The family of Detective Russel Timoshenko will bear the sorrow of the loss of their only son for all time, but at least they may find some measure of comfort in the knowledge that his fellow cops will never forget him.  He died with honor and now rests with his fellow cops who have also given the last full measure of devotion.


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