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Hail To The Chief

Moving ceremony marks the end of

Chief Kilfoil’s long career

Well wishers from the police department, neighboring police districts and elected officials attended the very moving ceremony for Port Washington Police Chief William Kilfoil on April 29, marking his last day on the job.

Kilfoil’s 20 year tenure as police chief is the longest in the department’s history. The ceremony concluded a 39-year career with the district. In his welcoming remarks, Acting Chief James Salerno called Kilfoil an icon who taught him that “it’s nice to be important, but it’s more important to be nice.”

Kilfoil exited police headquarters at 1:00 pm to an honor guard of police officers. He was blessed by Monsignor Daniel A. Picciano who is currently the pastor at St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Parish in Lake Ronkonkoma and was pastor at St. Peter of Alcantara Church in Port Washington until 1996.

Following the blessing, the chief and his wife Janice entered a police SUV that was led by motorcycles north on Port Washington Boulevard which had been draped with a huge American Flag to mark the occasion.