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PSO Corey Fischer Finally Gets A Promised Memorial


Two years ago, Roosevelt Island Public Safety Officer Corey Fischer was a victim of the first frightening wave of COVID-19. A popular figure along Main Street, his death shook the community, and then President/CEO Susan Rosenthal promised a memorial as soon as pandemic conditions allowed.

by David Stone

The Roosevelt Island Daily News

The Passing of Officer Corey Fischer, PSD

Public Safety Officer, Corey Fischer

At the time, RIOC released this information in a Daily Update…

“The Roosevelt Island Operating Corporation mourns the passing of Officer Corey Fischer of the Public Safety Department (PSD). He passed due to complications from contracting the Coronavirus (COVID-19). Officer Fischer was a 28-year veteran of PSD and leaves behind a wife and children. He was a fine officer who dedicated his life to serving the Roosevelt Island community.

“Flags on Roosevelt Island have been lowered to half staff in honor of Corey. We will announce more information about how we will celebrate his life and career in the coming days. We ask that all Roosevelt Island residents pause for a moment to remember the life of this good officer, husband, father, and friend.”

And then, we lost one more…

Public Safety Detective Wayne Jones/RIOC-Terrence McCauley

The Passing of Detective Wayne Jones

“We regret to inform you of the passing of Detective Wayne Jones, a 24-year veteran of the Public Safety Department (PSD). He leaves behind a wife and two children. He was an integral part of the department and he will be sorely missed by all who had the privilege to know him and work with him.

“Detective Jones is the second PSD member to pass away from the Coronavirus (COVID-19). Please keep Detective Jones, Officer Corey Fischer, and all those affected by this pandemic in your thoughts and prayers.”

Update: Fischer To Be Honored

After missing multiple promised dates, yesterday, RIOC scraped together a perfunctory notice…

“We would like to take a moment to remember PSD Officer Corey Fischer, who we lost in early April of 2020 due to complications from COVID-19. Officer Fischer was a dedicated member of PSD who served the Roosevelt Island community for 28 wonderful years.

“PSD will be honoring Officer Fischer and others in a memorial on May 22nd at McManus Field from 11 AM to 1 PM. Details to come.”

Detective Jones may or may not be among the “others.” But save the date, these gentleman lost their lives while serving the community in a perilous time. They deserve every moment we can give them.

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