Deputy Chief Kevin Fallon, who helped establish the Suffolk police department’s public information office and was later its top spokesman, retired from the force Wednesday after nearly 39 years.
Fallon, 65, began his career on Dec. 20, 1977. Starting out as a patrol officer, he rose in the ranks to head the police academy at the Suffolk County Community College campus in Brentwood and most recently, worked in the Office of the Commissioner.
Suffolk County Executive Steve Bellone who attended Fallon’s “walk out” ceremony, said Fallon had “an extraordinary record of service to the county.”
He said Fallon “personifies the great work and dedication of officers throughout the Suffolk County Police Department.”
During the 1990s, Fallon was instrumental in setting up the department’s public information office, which now deals with media inquiries. He returned to head up that office in 2012, becoming the voice of the police department during the high-profile searches along Ocean Parkway related to victims of the Gilgo Beach killings.
On Wednesday, officers and retired officers showed up to police headquarters in Yaphank to give Fallon the traditional sendoff which included a pipe band and a fly over by Suffolk County Police helicopter.
“I’ve had a wonderful career here at the Suffolk County Police Department,” said Fallon after his walk out.
Fallon said he looked forward to helping “my wife babysit our five grandkids, golf” and travel. Fran, his wife of more than 40 years walked Fallon out of headquarters, their arms linked, along with their daughter Lauren, her husband and their 4-year-old twin granddaughters.