Vector reaches out in upstate N.Y.

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05/25/2011

When Vector Security early this year moved into the Hudson Valley area of New York for the first time with the acquisition of Poughkeepsie, N.Y.-based Hammond Security, Vector pledged its support to the communities served by Hammond, according to Dave Merrick, Vector’s VP of marketing.

Now, Pittsburgh-based Vector has just announced the creation of scholarship program in honor of a Poughkeepsie police officer killed while responding to a domestic violence incident in which man kidnapped his 3-year-old son and killed his estranged wife.

John Falcone, an 18-year veteran of the Poughkeepsie Police Department, was fatally shot on Feb.18, according to a Vector press release. The 3-year-old’s father was holding the child and waving a pistol when Falcone arrived on the scene, the release said. It said that after Falcone wrestled the child free, a struggle for the weapon ensued, and Falcone was shot in the head. The shooter then committed suicide. His estranged wife was found dead in a nearby vehicle and police theorize that the man shot his wife first, kidnapped his son and then met up with Falcone, the release said.

“The creation of our Officer John Falcone Scholarship Program is indeed a strong demonstration of our commitment to the communities we serve,” Merrick said in an email to Security Systems News.

Vector’s scholarship program will support educational opportunities for students who plan to pursue careers in law enforcement or criminal justice, the company said.