The NYPD’s detectives union on Tuesday paid tribute to its oldest residing retired detective — who joined the power in 1953 as a member of the pickpocket squad.
Nicholas Calabrese, 101, was honored by the Detectives’ ‘ Endowment Affiliation on the Prolonged Care Nursing House in Throgs Neck the place he resides.
Born in 1917, Calabrese grew up on Bleecker Avenue within the West Village.
“I informed him, ‘You’re truly older than the union that represents you,”’ DEA President Mike Palladino stated he informed Calabrese on the occasion.
Calabrese served within the Military throughout World Warfare II the place he was promoted to staff-sergeant. Whereas deployed in Japan, he sustained an damage to his left leg, nearly shedding his foot.
An avid baseball lover, Calabrese was even scouted by the Chicago Cubs, however was drafted into the Military earlier than he may check out.
Upon coming back from the struggle, he was appointed to the NYPD Transit Division in 1953 the place he labored the pickpocket squad, overlaying Manhattan and the Bronx on the four, 5, and 6 strains till his retirement in 1974.
Palladino stated Calabrese was offered with a certificates of appreciation on the occasion and a number of presents.
“We honored him right this moment for his longevity and his service to this metropolis and his nation,” he stated.
“His longevity is because of good genes, clear residing, however largely a blessing from above.”