Help for our Brother in Blue
Bill was born and raised in New York City and Long Island. He became a New York City Police Officer on Jan. 21, 1985. His first assignment in the field training phase was the NSU 4 (Neighborhood Stabilization Unit # 4), which included the areas of Harlem and upper East and West Sides of Manhattan. He was assigned to the 23 Precinct in Nov. of 1985.
While assigned to the 23rd Precinct, Bill was assigned to Patrol, the Community Policing Unit, Safety Unit (Citations and parking tickets), Conditions Unit, SNEU Unit (Street Narcotics Enforcement Unit) and Anti-Crime Unit (plain clothes, unmarked vehicles). He was later transferred to the Queens District Attorney’s Squad for six months as a temporary assignment. During this time, he was assigned to numerous heads of states and dignitaries details to include the President of the United States, Margaret Thatcher and the Pope.
During the Pope’s visit, Bill was assigned to work with the Secret Service on the inner perimeter of Security being posted outside of the Pope’s bedroom window. He was involved in the response and quelling of three major riots while in the NYPD, Thompson Square Park Riot, Crown Heights Riot and the Washington Heights Riot.
Bill worked the day of the 9/11 attack on the WTC and at the site in the days and months following the attack. He was decorated 9 times during his career with the NYPD and was awarded Policeman of the Year for Manhattan North (the city was divided into zones by the NYPD, ie; Manhattan North and South) Award in May of 2001 for the prior year by the Patrolmen’s Benevolent Association.
In 2005, Bill moved with his family to Pasco County Florida and began his career with the Pasco Sheriff’s Office. He was assigned to field training and then Patrol, primarily working the west side of the county. In the spring of 2007, he was encouraged by a superior officer that he could benefit the agency by sharing his knowledge and prior experience in a specialty unit. He chose the School Resource Officer (SRO) position because it presented a new challenge for him. The choice turned out to be the most rewarding experience of his career in law enforcement. While in the SRO Unit, Bill had the opportunity to work with Property Crimes, Major Crimes and Vice/Narcotics as well as putting together a program with other SRO’s to monitor juveniles on probation.
While in the SRO unit for numerous years, he found his health deteriorating, but strived to continue serving his community and fellow Deputies. He then transferred into the Courthouse where he worked as a Bailiff. He had no idea how bad his health was and had to have surgery to take pressure off his spinal cord. The outcome looked good after surgery for him to return to work but as time went by he was informed the damage to his nerves was too severe to return to full duty ever.
This unexpected news devestated Bill and his family, making the future uncertain for his family and his children. Bill was the sole provider for his family, and is now faced with several more upcoming surgeries and financial obligations including day to day living expenses and his childrens' college expenses.
Bill, you DO deserve this. You have no idea how many lives you have influenced over your career!
As one donor recently shared with me..."I knew Bill Vedral and I would do whatever possible for this exceptional Deputy. I can tell you this man exudes everything that a truly decent human being should be. I hope and pray that everything turns out well for him." Mike K.