Last week, the Gramercy Park Block Association welcomed 7-year-old Freeport, TX Honorary Police Chief Abigail Arias (badge# 758), her father Rueben, mother Eileen, brother Ethan and Freeport Police Chief Raymond A. Garivey to Gramercy Park.
Blue Lives Matter NYC co-founders Sgt. Joseph Imperatrice, Det. Carlos Delgado and PO Chris Brinkley organized a trip to New York City for Arias, who dreams of becoming a police officer, but suffers from a incurable form of kidney cancer.
To welcome Arias to Gramercy Park, GPBA President Arlene Harrison and Kathleen Scupp organized a pizza party, and invited local NYPD, including Manhattan South Chief Salvatore Comodo, Det. Greg Welch and Emergency Service Truck 1, and 13th Precinct Neighborhood Coordinating Officers. The party was co-hosted by the Gramercy Park Hotel and Maialino Restaurant.
During her trip, Arias and her family also visited Cardinal Timothy Dolan, NYPD Commissioner O’Neil, 1st Precinct, 7th Precinct, K9 unit, Aviation Unit, Mounted Unit, Harbor Unit, Times Square NYPD Substation, Port Authority Police, MTA Police, New York State Troopers, and others. Others who helped welcome the Arias family to New York included Jamie Atkinson, Lindsay Elliott, Hotel on Rivington, Joe Piscopo, Jerry Fantauzzi, Jeff Crianza, Stephanie Sanchez, La Caverna Restaurant, and Bobby Van’s Steakhouse.
“We were honored to be asked by Blue Lives Matter NYC Sgt. Joey Imperatrice to be part of this incredible effort to welcome Abigail Arias and her family to the Big Apple. We will never forget our time spent with this remarkable little girl, something we will treasure forever,” said GPBA President Arlene Harrison.