Contact: Albert O'Leary
PBA Communications Director
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or Joseph Mancini
212-298-9150

March 30, 2011
For Immediate Release




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PBA PRESIDENT REACTS TO THE RECLAIMING OF THE BODY
OF POLICE OFFICER GEORGE WONG FROM GRIEVING FAMILY

PBA president Patrick J. Lynch said:

“This is an unforgivable case of bureaucratic overreaction where legal concerns outweighed compassion for the grieving family of a hero police officer.  I am certain that with a little bit of common sense this encroachment on the Wong’s family’s mourning could have been avoided.  Ten years after the worst toxic disaster in our nation’s history, it’s time for the city to accept the reality that people have died and will continue to die as a result of exposure from the recovery and cleanup.  To pretend anything different is just foolish and hurtful to those left behind.”

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