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Post Date:10/26/2015 4:31 PM
"The McLaughlins are a true blue family, dedicated to the idea of serving and protecting others, most especially our friend Roy," Council President McLaughlin said. "Today is a bittersweet day. This park will be a lasting tribute to his memory, serving the people of the neighborhood he loved."

“It is always a great day in Yonkers when we can gather together and expand our parks system and create centers for our neighborhoods and communities,” said Mayor Spano. “Today, we officially open Lt. Roy McLaughlin Park in tribute to a man who was a shining star in our police force, a great family man and real hero. Roy’s memory will live on as children and residents play and gather at this state-of-the-art playground. Special thanks to Council President Liam McLaughlin and our city workers for their efforts in making this park a reality.” 

Lt. McLaughlin, who is not related to the Council President, was born and raised in Yonkers and he took great pride in raising his family here, friends say. He died as a result of Stage 3 Brain Cancer he contracted subsequent to his participation in the rescue efforts at Ground Zero following the attacks of September 11th, 2001. Lt. McLaughlin was only 38 years old and had served as a member of the YPD for over 17 years.

The new 10,000-square-foot state of the art playground was recently completed. Lt. Roy McLaughlin Park was designed by leading playground manufacturer KOMPAN and will include state-of-the-art pieces of playground equipment to entertain children ages 2 to 12.

Council member Dennis Shepherd said, "Roy McLaughlin was a hometown hero, and this park will bring joy to so many others in the city he loved."

Lt. McLaughlin is survived by his wife Christine, their four young children, David, Emmett, Maeve, and Owen, his mother, Arlene, father, retired Police Captain Roy McLaughlin, and his siblings, Lieutenant Mitchell McLaughlin, Captain Andrew McLaughlin and Sergeant Meredith McLaughlin, all members of YPD. They were on hand at today's ceremony.
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