Vector Security Starts Scholarship Program in Honor of Fallen Police Officer
POUGHKEEPSIE, N.Y. — In honor of a fallen police officer, Vector Security’s Poughkeepsie branch has started a scholarship program in the officer’s name. The program will help fund the educational needs of those pursuing careers in law enforcement or criminal justice.
John Falcone, an 18-year-veteran of the Poughkeepsie City Police Department, was shot and killed after responding to a domestic dispute call on Feb. 18. Upon arriving at the scene, Falcone encountered a man waving a pistol and holding his three-year-old son, whom he had reportedly kidnapped.
After successfully freeing the child, Falcone then struggled to obtain weapon, but suffered a fatal gunshot to the head before the man committed suicide. The subject’s wife was found in a nearby car with a fatal gunshot wound to the head.
The crime is atypical for the town, says Vector’s Poughkeepsie branch manager Kim Sears. However, she notes that the incident proves that even small town police forces need to be prepared for such events.
“Police officers know that domestic disturbance calls are some of the most dangerous types they can be dispatched to,” she says. “This crime, in particular, depicts how whole families can be impacted, to include both that of the child and of the police officer as well.”
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