FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: April 26, 2004
Schumer: Ceremony To Officially Re-Name Nyack U.S. Post Office In Slain Officers' Honor Will Be Held May 1
Ceremony will take place on the steps in front of the Post Office; Will feature family of honorees, Schumer, Rep. Engel
Schumer & Engel introduced legislation last year to honor the heroism of slain Officers O'Grady Jr and Brown, and Brinks Guard Paige, who were killed in 1981 Rockland County robbery
US Senator Charles E. Schumer announced today that the ceremony to officially re-name the US Post Office in Nyack in honor of the late Police Officers Sgt. Edward J. O'Grady, Jr. and Officer Waverly "Chipper" Brown and Brink's Armored Truck Guard Peter Paige, who were slain in the 1981 Brinks robbery, will be held on Saturday, May 1 on the steps in front of the Post Office. Schumer's measure to re-name the post office – along with Rep. Eliot Engel's in the House – passed the Congress unanimously last year and was signed into law by the President.
"It's an honor for me to be able to come to Nyack and memorialize these heroes," Schumer said. "It's fitting that a government institution at the center of this community will now bear the names of these brave men who served this area so well. Now future generations will remember them and all that they stood for."
The Brinks robbers belonged to a group run by the Black Liberation Army, which included white revolutionaries from the Weather Underground. On October 20, 1981, the day of the robbery, the gang staged a daylight assault on a Brinks armored car at the Nanuet Mall, killing guard Peter Paige and severely wounding guard Joseph Trombino. After the robbery, the gang shot and killed Officers Edward J. O'Grady, Jr. and Waverly Brown.
Last year, Schumer's effort to re-name the United States Postal Service located at 48 South Broadway, Nyack, New York, as the "Edward J. O'Grady, Jr., Waverly Brown, Peter Paige Post Office Building" was passed unanimously by the Senate and later in the month, an identical version introduced by Rep. Eliot Engel passed the House of Representatives. The measure was later signed into law by the President.
The ceremony held on May 1 will take place on the steps in front of the Post Office. South Broadway will be closed off by the Orangetown police, and there is a municipal parking lot near the post office for the public and media. The program will include speeches by Schumer, Engel, and Rockland County Sheriff James F. Kralik, as well as special messages from Josephine Paige, the wife of Brink’s Guard Peter Paige; Gregory Brown, son of Nyack Police Officer Waverly (Chipper) Brown; and Diane H. O’Grady, wife of Nyack Sgt. Edward J. O’Grady, Jr.
The invocation will be performed by The Reverend David S. Lothrop, Clarkstown Police Chaplain and Rockland County Sheriff’s Department Chaplain. Luella Burts, Postmaster of the Nyack Post Office, will welcome the attendees to the event. Carol Riccardi of the United States Postal Service will serve as Master of the Dedication Ceremony. The Pledge of Allegiance will be led by Clarkstown Police Officer John Hanchar, a nephew of Sgt. O’Grady, and the Star Spangled Banner will be sung by Eraina Collazo.
In case of inclement weather, the ceremony will be held inside the Nyack Center, 58 Depew Ave., Nyack. The luncheon reception following the ceremony will be held at the Jackson Hose Fire Company, 63 Catherine Street, Nyack, hosted by the families of Edward J. O'Grady, Jr., Waverly (Chipper) Brown and Peter Paige.