April 19, 2021
Update on PO Racioppo
5th Pct PO Racioppo, who was brutally attacked, continues to remain medically sedated in critical but stable condition at Stony Brook University Hospital. The attempted murder of a Suffolk County Police Officer is a stark reminder not only of the dangers that police officers face daily but also of the further jeopardy that we have been placed in during this climate of anti-police sentiment and political opportunism. Despite the rhetoric, Officer Racioppo ran headfirst into danger to protect the residents of Suffolk County. He is the epitome of a police officer and a shining example of bravery to all of us.
From the moment he was injured, Chris has received incredible care and attention from his fellow officers, and the medical personnel at both Long Island Community Hospital and Stony Brook University Hospital. The list of heroes is long. The quick and decisive actions of PO’s Herbst, Aulivola, Hanwright, Morris, and Sgt. Samartino were the first in a chain of events that ultimately saved Officer Racioppo's life. Two civilians, retired NYPD and USMC, aided in the apprehension of the suspect and the care of Chris at the scene. The outstanding medical treatment from the staff at LICH and SBUH, specifically our Medical Director, Dr. James Vosswinkle, was nothing short of life-saving. Remove any of them from this equation, and we likely have a different outcome.
Since Officer Racioppo's arrival at Stony Brook University Hospital, there has been a constant presence of his brothers and sisters from the SCPD willing to assist in any way, and hoping for a swift and full recovery. While his family appreciates the overwhelming outpouring of support by members of the Department and the public, they have asked that you understand that this an extremely difficult time for them, and to please respect their privacy. In lieu of visiting, please keep Officer Racioppo and his family in your thoughts and prayers.