Runners keep slain cop’s legacy alive

September 23, 2022 Jaime DeJesus
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Xaverian H.S. hosted the 34th annual P.O. Chris Hoban Memorial Run Sept. 18.

The event included races for adults and kids, along with a barbecue. Proceeds went to the Hoban Scholarship, which provides tuition assistance to Xaverian students whose parents are New York City police officers.

Runners get ready at the starting line. Photo: Ted General

Hoban, a graduate of the Shore Road school, was 26 when he was murdered in the line of duty in 1988.

This year’s run also honored Frank Siller, CEO and chairperson of the Tunnel to Towers Foundation. Siller is an old friend of the Hoban family.

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Frank Siller holds the 2022 P.O. Christopher Hoban Service to New York Award, which he received from Xaverian President Robert Alesi, second from left. At Siller’s left is his wife Sally. Photo: Ted General

“My wife babysat for Chris years ago,” he said. “He always wanted to be a police officer and that’s what he became and he gave his life for his community. “

Siller commended Xaverian for hosting the annual race.

Police officers gathered on Shore Road to honor Chris Hoban. Photo: 68th Precinct Facebook

“This is unbelievable, doing this event for 34 years to make sure his memory and legacy is never forgotten,” he said. “It’s so important we do that in America, especially here in New York.”

Elected officials also praised Hoban’s legacy.

“We are grateful for his sacrifice and that of all those police officers who sacrificed their lives to protect us,” said Assemblymember Michael Tannousis.

“They say a hero dies twice: once with their death and twice if their name is not spoken again,” said Councilmember Justin Brannan. “We will never forget the ultimate sacrifice Chris made protecting his fellow New Yorkers.”

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