By Paul Lomax
Cops and kids marched through Washington Heights to honor the memory of an officer slain in the line of duty 24 years ago — and to kick of the season of a baseball league named in his honor.
The parade featured players from the Michael Buczek Little League, which is named for the 34th Precinct officer who was shot to death while on duty in 1988.
NYPD Emerald Society bagpipes skirled as members of the Buczek family, NYPD officers and the ballplayers paraded in front of hundreds of spectators who lined the streets between the 34th Precinct station house on Broadway and the league’s ball field on Amsterdam Avenue and West 193rd Street.
Sgt. Johnny Moynihan, 46, who was Michael Buczek’s partner at the 34th Precinct told DNAinfo,
“This is a great day. This league keeps alive Michael’s name,” said Moynihan, who was Buczek’s partner. “I miss him all the time. I’m carrying on this tradition because I made a lifetime commitment to Michael’s father who passed away two years ago.”
The league was founded in 1998 by Michael Buczek’s father Ted to help keep neighborhood kids off the street.