In a solemn statement today, County Executive George Latimer paid tribute to Detective Christopher Ridley, an esteemed figure in Westchester County, as the community marks the anniversary of his untimely death. Ridley, hailed as a local hero, made the ultimate sacrifice in the line of duty, and Latimer urged the community to reflect on his service with gratitude and honor.
The completed memorial outside the County’s Michaelian Office Building now stands as a permanent testament to Ridley’s legacy, serving as a poignant reminder of the collective responsibility to foster a safe and secure community.
“As we commemorate Detective Ridley,” Latimer remarked, “let us express appreciation to all those who continue to serve, finding strength in unity and recognizing the enduring impact of a hero who will always be remembered.” The statement emphasizes the importance of acknowledging and honoring those who dedicate themselves to preserving the safety of the community.
Situated in the heart of the historic Hudson Valley, Westchester County spans 500 square miles and is home to a population of just over one million. Once inhabited by Native Americans, specifically the Lenape tribe, the county today boasts a rich blend of diverse cultures and landscapes. Comprising six cities, 19 towns, and 20 villages, Westchester is characterized by a mix of bustling urban centers, charming villages, and scenic towns, complemented by expansive open spaces and an extensive network of beautiful parks.
Recognized for its top-notch public schools and high quality of life, Westchester is an intellectual capital with a highly educated workforce. The county is home to competitive colleges and universities, Fortune 500 companies, world-changing non-profits, and cutting-edge research centers. Under the leadership of County Executive George Latimer, who assumed office in January 2018, Westchester prioritizes inclusion and openness. Latimer is dedicated to transforming Westchester into a destination for people to live, work, and enjoy a thriving community.