Police officers and firefighters from throughout New York State came to Hicksville last week to honor the memory of Walter Weaver, a New York City Police Department (NYPD) officer killed in the September 11th World Trade Center Attack.
The Police Department City of York Emerald Society, and police and firefighters from throughout the state came to pay their respects and show support to the family of Police Officer Walter Weaver. -Photos by Cathy Greenfield
A memorial Mass was held on Friday, Oct. 12 at Holy Family Church for Weaver, a NYPD officer with the Emergency Services Unit, who was killed in heroic efforts to save lives at the World Trade Center during the September 11th terrorist attack.
Weaver, a resident of Hicksville who served with Emergency Services Unit Truck #3 out of the Bronx, was 30 years old. He became a New York City Police Officer in 1992, and was first assigned to the 47th Precinct. Becoming a member of the Emergency Services Unit was a dream come true for him, according to friends and family. He was known by friends as "Wally," and loved the outdoors, particularly hunting, fishing, and ice skating. He also taught hunting and safety courses in his spare time.
Weaver is survived by his parents Scotty and Joan Weaver, brothers Brian and Michael, and girlfriend Shannon Faulkner, as well as aunts Carole and Barbara and cousins Debbie and Richie.
The memorial Mass, at Holy Family Church on Fordham Avenue, Hicksville, was preceded by pipes and drums by the Police Department City of New York Emerald Society. In addition, the Hicksville Fire Department used their trucks #931 and #936 to form an arch holding up the American flag as Officer Weaver's Truck #3 and his family processed into the church.
We met him when he was just 18
Friendly, happy, never mean
A young man in his early years
Thinking of jobs and future careers
Suddenly a thought seemed to pop
What he wanted most was to be a cop
The Academy he entered as proud as could be
to be a Police Officer was all he could see
On Sept. 11th (2001) he answered the call
Not knowing the towers were ready to fall
He wore his badge proudly for years
Then God reached out his arms and said
"Now you're mine"
And somewhere in that heavenly place
We will always remember his smiling face
Good Bye Wally - We'll miss you.
(This tribute to Walter Weaver was written by friend, Charlotte Murphy.)