We take a break from the snarkery here at Runnin’ Scared to honor the passing of Detective Kevin Czartoryski, a stalwart and dependable member of the NYPD’s public information office and an important liaison between the Police Department and the city’s gay community.
Czartoryski, 46, died Sunday at New York-Presbyterian Hospital Weill Cornell in Manhattan. He had been diagnosed with pulmonary fibrosis. The Daily News reports that he retired from the NYPD in 2009 on a 9/11-related medical disability.
He had a lung transplant earlier this year, but his condition worsened the summer after he was diagnosed with cancer in his other lung, the Daily News reported.
“Following 9/11, he worked in the public information office, where he earned the respect of the press corps for his fairness and class,” the Daily News noted.
During his 20-year career, the affable Czartoryski served in patrol, narcotics, and with the Hate Crimes Task Force. He also served as the police commissioner’s liaison to the gay community, where, according to City Council Speaker Christine Quinn, he performed the role with “tremendous skill.” Police Commissioner Ray Kelly said Czartoryski “served with great distinction.”