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I joined the department in July 1971. In our last weeks in the police Academy, we were assigned to ride with seasoned officers for field training. My first day on the streets I was assigned to a First Pct car, assigned with George Freese.
We had several calls that night, store alarms, customer disputes, traffic accidents.
That night we heard over the radio, that a second pct car was in pursuit of a car on route 110 heading south towards our location. Further transmissions indicated that the vehicle was heading south in the northbound lanes. George pulled over and we attempted to pull drivers to the side of the road to avoid oncoming collisions.
I was outside the vehicle facing southbound waving vehicles over when George grabbed my shirt and pulled me back, as the suspect car passed me doing about 90 mph, saving this Rookie"s life. My first day on the street would have been my last if it wasn't for George.
I retired after 29 years of service. I have my first and last memo book page of my career, and remember him always in my prayers.
PO Ronald Puza
Suffolk County PD Retired
July 12, 2015