YORKTOWN, N.Y. – Det. Sean Lewis, a 9/11 first responder and the first school resource officer in Yorktown, has retired from the Yorktown Police Department after 32 years.
A Yorktown native, Lewis’s final day on the job was May 30. He was given a final salute by friends and colleagues on Friday, June 1.
“If you needed something done, Sean was your guy,” said Police Chief Robert Noble. “It’s cops like Sean Lewis who give us all a good name.”
Lewis was hired by the department on Nov. 6, 1986. He was a general topics instructor and a firearms instructor. He also earned a Meritorious Police Duty Award, an Excellent Police Duty Award and a Lifesaving Award.
His Lifesaving Award was earned on Dec. 15, 1999, when an off-duty Lewis was driving home on the Taconic State Parkway and spotted a car that was off the roadway with its engine on fire. Lewis, with the help of a citizen, was able to extract the rear passenger before the car was completely engulfed.
He was promoted to detective on April 3, 2001. He responded to Manhattan on Sept. 11, 2001, following the terrorist attacks at the World Trade Center. Lewis was also the town’s first school resource officer, working in his alma mater, Lakeland High School, beginning in 2003. In 2006, Lewis helped solve the stabbing death of a Yorktown teenager.
Lewis also worked closely with the Alliance for Safe Kids, particularly the organization’s Youth Court and Save-a-Life programs.
“I knew we could always call upon you,” said Liz Talbert, executive director of the Alliance for Safe Kids. “I just want to thank you for all that you have done for the community, for the parents, for the children and wish you a very wonderful retirement.”
Lewis said his retirement was bittersweet, but that he will still be around to help the department or the Alliance for Safe Kids when needed.