In the early morning hours of October 17, 2010, Pleasantville Police Officer Aaron Hess responded to a call of a "dispute" at Finnegan's Pub in Thornwood. Upon arrival, Officer Hess assisted Mt. Pleasant police officers who were dealing with the aftermath of that bar incident in the parking area at the Thornwood Shopping Center. At that time, the operator of one vehicle now identified as Danroy Henry ignored instructions from a Mt. Pleasant police officer to stop and instead drove forward toward Officer Hess who was in the path of the vehicle. Officer Hess raised his hand signaling the vehicle to stop, fully expecting the driver to comply. Inexplicably, the driver did not comply and two officers were struck by the vehicle. Officer Hess was thrown onto the hood of the vehicle. The operator continued to ignore verbal commands to stop, the vehicle continued forward with Officer Hess clinging to the hood of the vehicle. Fearing for his life and that of others, Officer Hess fired his weapon to stop the threat that was presented by the vehicle and the actions of the driver. Mt. Pleasant Police Officer Ronald Beckley also fired his weapon at the scene. The vehicle struck two police vehicles. Officer Hess was thrown to the ground. Officer Hess was seriously injured as a result of being hit by the vehicle and he underwent a 4 % hour surgery to repair his knee and was admitted to the hospital for further care. He faces possible further surgeries to the knee. Officer Hess has been and is an outstanding police officer, with whom all members of the Pleasantville Police Benevolent Association are proud to serve.

Officer Aaron Hess is a lifelong resident of this community and he graduated from Pleasantville High School where he was Captain of his High School football and basketball teams. Officer Aaron Hess is an honorably discharged and highly decorated member of the United States Marine Corp. who served his Country for four years (1996-2000) including service during Operation Desert Fox. He was the recipient of meritorious service citations and was a Crew Chief of a Marine Amphibious Assault Unit. Upon completion of his military service, Officer Hess returned home and began his service with the New York City Police Department in 2000 where he served with distinction and received commendations for meritorious police duty and excellent police service. In 2003, Officer Hess returned home to the Village of Pleasantville and he joined the Police Department as a police officer. He has served as a K-9 Officer with the Department since 2005 and has been the recipient of two excellent police duty awards. Officer Hess and K-9 Rox have participated in numerous community events and programs at the Bedford Road School and the Pleasantville Middle School. Officer Hess has never been the subject of excessive force complaints with either the

City of New York or Village of Pleasantville. Officer Hess has

never been

disciplined for

misconduct with either the City of New York or Village of Pleasantville. Officer Hess has never before been forced to use his firearm in the line of duty. Officer Hess acted in accordance with his training and as required under the circumstances with which he was confronted. The members of the Villsge of Pleasantville Police Benevolent Association stand firmly behind Officer Hess and remain confident that upon a full, fair and complete investigation of the

incident of October 17,2010, it will be shown that Officer Hess acted lawfully and appropriately in all respects. On behalf of Officer Hess and the members of the Village of Pleasantville Police Benevolent Association, we thank the community for the continuing expressions of support for Officer Hess, his family and the other officers involved in what we all agree is a tragedy on many levels for all involved. Officer Hess and the Village of Pleasantville Police Benevolent Association ask that anyone having information or witnessing the events of October 17, 2010 contact the Westchester County District Attorney's Office or the New York State Police, Lieutenant James Murphy at (914) 742-2600. The Pleasantville Police Benevolent Association is a member organization of the New York State Union of Police Associations, Inc., 263 Route 17K, Suite 1004, Newburgh, New York. Officer Hess is being represented by Attorney John K. Grant, 3 Main Street, Suite One, Nyack, New York. Telephone inquiries should be addressed to Mr. Grant at (914) 260-9800 or (845) 566-5526.

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