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10-23-08, 07:34 PM #1
NYPD officer Deon L. Taylor killed in Afghanistan
My condolences to his family and friends, May he Rest in Peace
NYPD officer Deon L. Taylor killed in Afghanistan; Brooklyn narcotics cop was serving in army
By ALISON GENDAR, KERRY BURKE and STEPHANIE GASKELL
DAILY NEWS STAFF WRITERS
Updated Thursday, October 23rd 2008, 6:06 PM
P.O. Deon Taylor
An NYPD police officer serving with the New York National Guard was killed by a roadside bomb in Afghanistan on Wednesday.
Deon Taylor, 30, of the Bronx, was a narcotics officer in Brooklyn serving with the New York National Guard as a fire direction specialist. It was his second deployment to Afghanistan.
"We are just holding on to God right now. We are in disbelief and in deep grief," said Det. Mo Weathers, Taylor's uncle and a 20-year veteran of the police department.
"He helped his community and this country and gave his life for his country," Weathers said.
Taylor, who is engaged with an 8-year-old son, joined the NYPD in 2005 and worked in the transit bureau before joining the narcotics team last year.
"Narcotics is very dangerous," Weathers said. "Deon wanted to make a change in the community and see a change by taking drug dealers off the streets."
In Afghanistan, Taylor's mission was to help train Afghan security forces. He was planning to get married in August of next year.
A graduate of Old Westbury College in Long Island, Taylor was a huge Knicks fan.
"I can't even say how proud we are of him - it's not even a word," Weathers said.
Police Commissioner Ray Kelly said there are 258 police officers currently on military leave. Taylor is the third NYPD police officer to die serving in Iraq or Afghanistan.
"Like so many of his fellow officers, Deon Taylor courageously served his city at home and his nation abroad," Kelly said.
Mayor Bloomberg said "my thoughts are prayers are with him and his loved ones during this difficult time."
10-23-08, 07:50 PM #2
Rest in peace.
10-23-08, 08:12 PM #3
10-23-08, 09:32 PM #4
My condolences to all the usual people and Thank You for your Service, Ofc. Taylor. Freedom isn't Free.
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10-23-08, 10:09 PM #5
RIP my Brother"An Unarmed man can only flee from evil, and evil is not overcome by fleeing from it." Jeff Cooper
Some people are meant to be the police......Some people are meant to call the police!!!
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10-24-08, 02:12 AM #6
RIPCalm Like A Bomb...
“A pessimist sees difficulty in every opportunity. An optimist sees opportunity in every difficulty.”
10-24-08, 02:57 AM #7
Rest easy Officer Taylor
10-24-08, 04:54 PM #8
Rest in Peace my Brother
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11-07-08, 12:17 AM #9
Deep Blue sea of sorrow: City pays tribute to Deon Taylor
BY STEPHANIE GASKELL
DAILY NEWS STAFF WRITER
Thursday, November 6th 2008, 11:46 PM
Deon Taylor’s coffin is carried from Riverside Church.
A sea of NYPD blue and Army green filled the street outside a Harlem church on Thursday as the city paid tribute to Sgt. Deon Taylor.
Taylor, a 30-year-old undercover narcotics officer from the Bronx who also served in the New York Army National Guard, was killed by a roadside bomb in Afghanistan last month.
PHOTOS FROM DEON TAYLOR'S FUNERAL http://www.nydailynews.com/ny_local/...on_taylor.html
"When a member of New York's Finest dies - whether on the streets of New York or 7,000 miles away in a foreign country - a part of our city dies with them," Mayor Bloomberg said at Taylor's funeral at Riverside Church.
Taylor was killed in western Afghanistan on Oct. 22, just as he was nearing the end of his deployment and planning an August wedding to his fiancee, Caitlin Casey.
Police Commissioner Raymond Kelly said Taylor, who joined the NYPD in 2005, made a difference in his short time on the force.
"He took the most dangerous drugs off the streets, along with [obtaining] crucial evidence that led to search warrants," Kelly said. "He did it all while remaining modest, polite and respectful of others."
The ceremony was full of songs and prayers - and even laughter as Taylor's friends and family recalled his short, but distinguished, life.
Childhood friend Bruce Jackson said Taylor would beat him at just about everything they did.
"He was always telling me, 'Who's the man?'" Jackson said.
"But what I couldn't tell you in life, I'm proud to tell you in death: Deon, you are the man and it was an honor to have walked in your shadow."
11-07-08, 12:43 AM #10
RIPDo not war for peace. If you must war, war for justice. For without justice there is no peace. -me
We are who we choose to be.
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11-14-08, 02:04 AM #11
Trumpet Call, As The Sun, Sinks In Fright
Sleep In Peace, Comrade Dear
GOD Is Near
Rest in peace, Ofc. TaylorSI VIS PACEM PARA BELLUM-Ex-Sheriff Martin Howe to Will Kane in "High Noon"
"It's a great life. You risk your skin catching killers and the juries turn them loose so they can come back and shoot at you again. If your honest , your poor your whole life. And , In the end , you wind up dying all alone on some dirty street. For what? For nothing. For a tin star."
Far from being a handicap to command, compassion is the measure of it. For unless one values the lives of his soldiers and is tormented by their ordeals , he is unfit to command.
-General Omar Bradley, United States Army
11-22-08, 06:45 PM #12
R.I.P. my Brother in Blue and A.C.U.
You stood your post and have been called home.
God speed and thank you.People sleep peacefully in their beds at night because rough men stand ready to do violence on their behalf....George Orwell
11-22-08, 08:18 PM #13
RIPArm the sheep!
11-23-08, 03:35 PM #14
thoughts and prayersI'm not ruining your life, you are, and I'm just going to write a short story about it.
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