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December 2, 2005

United by twin tragedies

BY NANCIE L. KATZ and ALISON GENDAR
STAFF WRITERS

The grief-stricken mother of slain college student Mark Fisher says the first person to comfort her dying son on a Brooklyn street was Officer Dillon Stewart - the brave cop gunned down Monday.

Now all Nancy Fisher wants to do is help lessen the grief for Stewart's widow, Leslyn, and her young daughters, Alexis, 6, and 5-month-old Samantha.

"I would like to see his wife and hug her," Fisher said yesterday. "I can hardly imagine what she's going through."

"The kids are so small. He seemed like a decent man."

Her poignant words came as the cop's family released an emotional statement of its own. "Our family is absolutely devastated. We have lost a husband and father, a son, grandson, brother, nephew, cousin and friend," the statement said.

"Dillon Stewart was and will always remain one of the brightest lights shining in our family. He leaves behind a legacy of kindness, loyalty and selfless giving. Recovery from this tragedy will be slow, but with God's grace, we will struggle to find peace with the actions that ripped him out of our lives far too soon."

Stewart was one of several cops who responded to a 911 call in October 2003, after Mark Fisher was shot five times in Ditmas Park.

"I wanted to talk to him," Nancy Fisher said of Stewart, adding that she believes the cop witnessed "the last moments of my son's life."

Paramedics had written Nancy Fisher to say the sophomore at Connecticut's Fairfield University was still breathing when he was found wrapped in a rug after being shot five times.

But she has been so overcome with sorrow since her son's death that she never reached out to Stewart, even after he testified at the trial that put two of her son's killers behind bars. Stewart, 35, a five-year veteran of the NYPD, was fatally shot through the heart early Monday as he and his partner pursued the driver of an Infiniti that had run a red light in Flatbush.

The accused killer, Allan Cameron, 27, of Brooklyn was indicted yesterday on first-degree murder charges in the slaying. He also was hit with attempted murder charges for allegedly robbing and shooting another cop, off-duty Officer Wiener Philippe, 10 days earlier.

Hundreds of off-duty cops packing the courthouse stared silently at Cameron as he was charged and then erupted in applause when he was led away.

Cameron, who could get life in prison without parole if convicted of the slaying, has claimed the bullet that hit Steward under his arm in an area unprotected by his bulletproof vest was fired by a cop. Cameron also has alleged that arresting officers punched and kicked him.

Mayor Bloomberg and Patrolmen's Benevolent Association President Patrick Lynch rejected the alleged killer's claims.

"I don't think that anybody really believes that," Bloomberg said. "The initial evidence is pretty clear. This is a guy who shouldn't be on the streets of this city . . . They caught the guy right away. And now it's up to the district attorney and the courts to make sure that justice is served."

Lynch called Cameron a "cold-blooded killer" and once again urged state lawmakers to restore the death penalty.

"This is a coward, and we shouldn't be listening to a coward," he said.

With Jonathan Lemire