Hero Down: NYPD Officer Kelly Korchak Dies From 9/11 Illness
Staten Island, NY - New York Police Officer Kelly Korchak, age 38, died Saturday, June 10, from a 9/11-related illness. She was laid to rest on Thursday, June 15, according to SILive.com.
Officer Korchak was a 16-year veteran of the NYPD, and worked out of Patrol Bureau Staten Island.
In a 2011 case, she recovered 17 latent fingerprints from two separate burglaries, one on Clifton Avenue in Rosebank, and one on Castleton Avenue in West Brighton. Asian victims were targeted in the Clifton Avenue burglary case, and the prints led to an organized crew out of Queens. A local suspect was identified from the Castleton Avenue case prints.
Officer Korchak received 'Officer of the Month' for her work in those cases. She also earned a second 'Officer of the Month' for her and her partner Officer Adam Fiore's work in arresting four suspects in a New Jersey murder. Three of those suspects were indicted afterward for the shooting of two teenagers.
After 9/11, she volunteered at Ground Zero and also at the Staten Island Dump.
She was diagnosed with ovarian cancer during her pregnancy but chose not to pursue aggressive treatment because of her baby.
The Port Authority Police Benevolent Association, Inc. said:
"Rest In Peace New York City Police Officer Kelly Christine Korchak. P.O. Korchak died June 10, 2017, from a 9/11 related illness. P.O. Korchak was married to New York City Detective Steven Attarian of Emergency Service Truck 6. Kelly was diagnosed with her illness while she was pregnant. She opted to forego aggressive treatment during her pregnancy and gave birth to Luke Harrison Attarian eight months ago. Kelly was 38 years old. Lord please keep Kelly in your eternal embrace and bless and protect her family, the NYPD and all law enforcement."
A gofundme account has been set up to help her husband, NYPD Detective Steven Attarian, and her baby boy Luke.
Our thoughts and prayers are with the family of NYPD Officer Kelly Korchak, both blood and blue. Godspeed, ma'am, we will take the watch from here. Thank you for your service.
Officer Korchak, your life mattered.