Deputy Chief Steven J. Silks Interfaith Prayer Warriors Circle
Bronx, New York (08/07/2019) – During the National Night Out yesterday, members of Community Public Safety Partnership had scattered throughout the Bronx to introduce and conduct their new initiative, Interfaith Prayer Warriors Circle, with the National Night Out audiences in four Precincts. Namely 41, 43, 45 and 46.
The ‘Interfaith Prayer Warriors Circle’ is named after the late Deputy Chief Steven J. Silks of the Bronx and dedicated to all law enforcement personnel as well as those killed in line of duty and the ones who take their lives during the year. Chief Silks spent 39 honorable years with NYPD professionally serving his fellow New Yorkers. He unfortunately took his life days before his mandatory retirement at the age of 63 this year.
Members of the Community Public Safety Partnership hope that ‘Interfaith Prayer Warriors Circle’ would be incorporated into all National Night Out events hereforward. The handholding prayer circle begins with 39 second Moment of Silent and concludes in about five minutes. The 39 seconds of moment of silence commemorates the 39 years of NYPD service by Chief Silks. Below is Deputy Chief’s Obituary Statement:
OBITUARY: Deputy Chief Steven J. Silks
JULY 10, 1956 – JUNE 5, 2019
Deputy Chief Steven J. Silks 1956-2019
Deputy Chief Steven Silks passed away on June 5th, 2019 at the age of 62. Steve was born on July 10th, 1956 in the Bronx, New York to John and Harriet Silks. He attended PS 26, JHS 80 and Columbus High School. He then went on to Stony Brook University where he was a member of the Row team. In his early years, Steve was a member of Little League and a Boy Scout who always dreamed of making a difference in the world. He was also an entrepreneur from an early age and when he was only 13 years old, he started his own window washing business. He was also an avid fan of the Yankees but later on became a supporter of the Mets during his tenure working in Queens. Steve was a caring, thoughtful, fastidious, benevolent, and courageous person who always thought of others first. In September 1980, Steve fulfilled his dream of making a difference and began his illustrious 39-year career with the New York City Police Department. He began working in the 52nd Precinct before being promoted to Sergeant in February 1987; Lieutenant in June 1989; Captain in October 1992; Deputy Inspector in December 1996; Inspector in November 2001 and Deputy Chief in December 2006. Throughout his career he served in the 41st, 43rd, 44th, 47th, 48th, 49th, and 52nd Precincts as well as Bronx Task Force, Bronx Narcotics, The Police Academy, Firearms and Tactics Section, Office of the Chief of Patrol, Patrol Boroughs Brooklyn North, Queens South and Queens North. He was also responsible for implementing Heavy Weapons training in the wake of the 9-11 Terrorist attacks. Most importantly, Steve will be remembered as a true Cop’s Cop who always cared for those who had worked with him.
Steve’s passions and hobbies are too numerous to list and he experienced more in his lifetime than most people could ever imagine. He was an avid biker, gun collector, hunter, car enthusiast, marathoner, rower, mountain climber, member of The Rockaway Polar Bear Club and a true aficionado of fine cuisine. Steve possessed an incredible knowledge on a plethora of topics which he was able to recall without fail. He was also the life of the party and knew just about every celebrity you could think of. Steve had a seemingly endless list of friends and could always find someone the help they needed by making a simple phone call. Steve climbed nearly every bridge in New York City, rode a bicycle from Coast to Coast, climbed Mt. Everest, worked on a NASCAR pit crew, was awarded the Ellis Island Medal of Freedom and the NYPD Holy Name Society Man of the Year Awards, won the 1981 Maccabiah games in pairs and even was a stand in guest at the Academy Awards. Steve really was The Most Interesting Man in The World.
Steve is survived by his sister, Cindy (Jeremiah) Dumais of South Carolina; brother, John (Diana) Silks of Maryland; nieces, Misty (Greg) Winters; Tina Riipi; April (Troy) Dandy; nephews, Benjamin (Porsche) Dumais, Keith Dumais, John Silks Jr; great niece Kellie; great nephews, Benji, Connor, Declan, Ryan; and many other family members; good friends, Cathy and Vincent Ventura, countless friends from every facet of life as well as the many members of the New York City Police Department that had the pleasure of knowing him. In lieu of flowers, the family respectfully asks that a donation be made to St. Mary’s Children’s Hospital in Steve’s Honor.
45 Precinct Interfaith Prayer Warriors Circle in Co-op City
46 Precinct Interfaith Prayer Warriors Circle
41 Interfaith Prayer Warriors Circle
Community Public Safety Partnership members with Councilman Rafael Salamanca at 43rd Precinct.
With Bronx District Attorney at 45 Precinct National Night Out Interfaith Prayer Warriors Circle