Staten Island Advance
May 3, 2012

2 Staten Island cops are honored for their bravery in face of danger

By Michael Sedon
Staten Island Advance

  NYCPBA Photo/R. Bince
  Police Officers Michael Parisi, second from left, and Ralph Stallone, second from right, are honored by PBA Staten Island trustee George Winkler, left, PBA president Patrick J. Lynch, center, and PBA Staten Island Financial Secretary Albert Acierno. (Click on photo to see full-size image.)

A pair of Staten Island police officers were honored today for acts of heroism and bravery at the Patrolmen's Benevolent Association 2012 "Finest of the Finest" awards luncheon.

Officers Michael Parisi and Ralph Stallone of Staten Island were recognized for their on-the-job heroics during the event at the Fulton Market.

"Receiving a 'Finest of the Finest' award is particularly meaningful because it is an honor bestowed by your fellow New York City police officers," said PBA President Patrick J. Lynch. "They have faced the fire, stood firm and triumphed against the odds and have earned the right to be listed among the finest of New York's finest."

Parisi, of St. George's 120th Precinct at the time, responded to a call on July 26, 2011, of a man with a firearm. Upon arriving, he saw the suspect -- Jamar Wilson, 21, of the 200 block of Westervelt Avenue -- and chased him behind a building on Winter Avenue in New Brighton.

After the suspect refused to comply with an order to stop and instead aimed his gun at the officer, Parisi squeezed off two rounds, hitting the suspect in the right arm and causing him to drop the gun, according to police. The suspect was later arrested after being found hiding in a vacant apartment.

"At first I didn't really know what I was going into, but then my training really kicked in," Parisi said. "I just think you have to always be on your toes. I was cautious before, and I'm cautious now."

"It's nice to get recognized by your peers; they're the toughest people to impress," said the seven-year police veteran, who is now a sergeant based at the 61st Precinct in Brooklyn. "It's a real honor."

Stallone, a 14-year police veteran currently on Staten Island's Emergency Service Unit Truck 5, responded to a robbery in progress with shots fired May 17, 2011, at 115 Collyer Ave., Huguenot, when he encountered the suspect -- Ilya Iglanov, 48 -- holed up in a basement.

Iglanov had already shot former business partner Semyom Levin, 52, in the head, killing him; he then shot Levin's wife, Marina Tartakovskaya, 45, in the stomach, wounding her.

"He shot the husband and the wife and tried to take the life of a neighbor," Stallone recalled.

Iglanov attempted to shoot Joseph Shwereb, who was walking his dog with his wife outside of the crime scene, in the head, but the gun jammed and did not fire.

Stallone, holding a "tactical ballistic shield" stormed the basement of the Collyer Avenue home with other officers bring up the rear, where he discovered the gunman hiding in a closet.

After being ordered twice to show his hands Iglanov instead pointed a .25 caliber, semi-automatic at the cops, and Stallone fired seven shots into him, killing the gunman.

"These are one of the best trained units in the country," Stallone said. "This is what we're trained for. This is an honor to be recognized just for doing your job."