David Stone
RIOC President/CEO Susan Rosenthal shares a light moment with Jack McManus at dedication ceremony.
RIOC President/CEO Susan Rosenthal shares a light moment with Jack McManus at dedication ceremony.
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A warm day turned cloudy as time for the ceremony dedicating Jack McManus Field neared. Rain held off, and admirers, family and friends of the man who became a Roosevelt Island legend in just six years gathered to celebrate with him.

The event got underway after the scheduled time because the honoree arrived fifteen minutes late. It wasn't unexpected. MC, RIOC President/CEO Susan Rosenthal joked that he'd been late for every meeting during the four years he worked for her. McManus, whose affability belies an intense devotion to police work, shrugged and laughed.

Jack McManus arrives at the dedication ceremony... 15 minutes late.
Jack McManus arrives at the dedication ceremony... 15 minutes late.
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A crowd waited while the retired chief shook hands with NYPD, EMS and PSD colleagues and embraced Rosenthal and RIOC Vice President Shelton Haynes.

A crowd of colleagues, coworkers, friends and admirers came to honor Jack McManus
A crowd of colleagues, coworkers, friends and admirers came to honor Jack McManus
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Earlier in the day, RIOC accepted McManus's recommendation of Kevin Brown as his successor. Respectfully, the new chief stood by as his ex-boss worked his way toward the podium to accept his honors.

Newly appointed PSD chief Kevin Brown stands by as well wishers greet the honoree.
Newly appointed PSD chief Kevin Brown stands by as well wishers greet the honoree.
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After a short speech in which he, again, expressed his appreciation for his time on Roosevelt Island, McManus joined Rosenthal and Haynes in cutting the ribbon.

Rosenthal, McManus and Haynes cut the ribbon on Jack McManus Field
Rosenthal, McManus and Haynes cut the ribbon on Jack McManus Field
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In the end, the goal was the same for everyone.

Kids again playing soccer on newly installed, safer carpet ended the ceremony with some fun.