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Ronald Fatigate, Former Police Commissioner In Westchester, Dies At 55

Commissioner Fatigate Tribute
Commissioner Fatigate Tribute Video Credit: Mayor Richard Thomas

Ronald Fatigate of Pearl River, a former police commissioner in Westchester, died at home, on Monday, Jan. 28 after a battle with cancer. 

He was born on Aug. 11, 1963, to Ralph Fatigate and Helen Martino Fatigate. He served the City of Mount Vernon as a police officer and detective, later becoming police commissioner. 

He was active in his community in Pearl River and was the owner of Raffaele's Pizzeria, where he was always generous with local charities. Ron is survived by his wife Joann, of over 26 years and his two children, Jessica and Ryan. Ron is also survived by his siblings, Theresa and Douglas, Ralph and Elaine, Richard, Helen and Vinny, Karen, Mary and Clement, sister-in-law, Susan and Bob, and numerous nieces and nephews. Ron was predeceased by his parents and brother Billy. Ron will be dearly missed by all that knew him.

Family received friends on Thursday, Jan. 31 at Higgins Funeral Home on South Main Street in New City. Mass of Christian Burial was held on Friday, Feb. 1 at Saints Peter and Paul Church in Mount. Vernon. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that you donate blood and/or platelets to your local hospital.

In a statement, Mount Vernon Mayor Richard Thomas remembered the city's former police commissioner.

"It's with great sadness that I announce the passing of a Mount Vernon son, former Police Commissioner Ronald Fatigate. Commissioner Fatigate and the extended Fatigate family are cornerstones of our community and he was the second Fatigate to serve as the leader of the Police Department.* Known for his jokes, pranks, and 'pull no punches' positive attitude, Ronnie pulled the best out of everyone. The most significant contribution he made was breaking the ice to drive President Obama's 21st Century Police Model into the hearts and minds of our new police community-centered culture.

"Ronnie's heartfelt leadership came at a critical time of national unrest, when it seemed that every week an unarmed black person was shot and killed by a white officer as well as black-on-black gang violence hurting our beloved city. Instead of tempers boiling over, Ronnie helped me implement massive changes to make the vision of a community police department real."

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