Oldest living retired NYPD detective honored by union

PHOTO: Retired New York Police Department detective Nicholas Calabrese holds a framed certificate from The Detectives Endowment Association honoring him as their oldest living retired detective, May 15, 2018, New York City.Sam Katz/AP
Retired New York Police Department detective Nicholas Calabrese holds a framed certificate from The Detectives' Endowment Association honoring him as their oldest living retired detective, May 15, 2018, New York City.

The New York Police Department detectives' union is paying tribute to its oldest living retired detective, who originally joined the force in 1953.

The Detectives' Endowment Association was in the Bronx on Tuesday to honor 101-year-old Nicholas Calabrese at the former detective's nursing home. The New York Post reports Calabrese was born in 1917 and joined the NYPD Transit Department in 1953.

He worked as a detective on the pickpocket squad — covering subway lines in Manhattan and the Bronx — until his retirement in 1974.

Union President Mike Palladino says he told Calabrese that he's actually older than the union that represents him.

Palladino said Calabrese was presented with a certificate of appreciation at the event and a number of gifts.

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Information from: New York Post, http://www.nypost.com

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