Clarkstown PBA President John Hanchar said the loss of Police Officer Christopher McCrudden on Monday and his younger brother Terrance’s death just last October have really shaken the department. He said the brothers who were just two years apart in age had a special bond.
“You never saw two closer brothers,” said Hanchar. “Those two had a relationship I think people would envy.”
Police Chief Michael Sullivan also said the brothers were best friends who enjoyed each other’s company. He said the department could not find a photo where the two brothers were serious; they were joking or laughing in all of them.
On Tuesday, Sullivan recalled Officer Christopher McCrudden, 50, as someone who never complained and never had a complaint made about him.
“He lived life to the fullest and he never harmed a soul,” said Sullivan who worked with McCrudden for 24 years.
“He was a good man,” said Sullivan.
Clarkstown Town Supervisor Alex Gromack began Tuesday night’s board meeting with a moment of silence to remember Officer McCrudden, saying he had served with distinction.
A wake will be held for Christopher McCrudden on Thursday from 7 to 9 p.m. and Friday from 2 to 4 p.m. and from 7 to 9 p.m. at Sorce Funeral Home at 728 West Nyack Road in West Nyack. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Saturday at 9:45 am in St. Augustine's Church in New City with burial at St. Anthony's Cemetery in Nanuet.
McCrudden will be remembered with full police honors including bagpipers and an honor guard. Hanchar expects people to turn out in appreciation for the hours McCrudden, a Pearl River resident, donated as a bagpiper at weddings, funerals and parades. Orangetown police officers have volunteered to cover the day shift for the Clarkstown department so its officers can attend the funeral.
"They did it for us last October," said Hanchar. "The police department is a brotherhood. We're just grateful for it."