‘She wore her uniform proudly.’ Westchester COBA mourns late officer Eleanor Birrittella

The Westchester County Correction Officers' Benevolent Association mourns the loss of one of their own who died in a Bronx River Parkway motorcycle crash.

Jade Nash

Apr 22, 2024, 9:38 PM

Updated 26 days ago

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Westchester County Correction Officers' Benevolent Association, the union representing over 700 county correction officers, is mourning the loss of one of their own.
Eleanor Birrittella died in a motorcycle crash on the Bronx River Parkway in Scarsdale on Saturday.
Neil Pellone, the president of the union, explained how he found out about her death.
"I received a call from a relative of Eleanor and it was devastating," Pellone said.
Pellone said Birrittella became a correction officer about three years ago after working at the Board of Elections.
"She wore her uniform proudly, she did her job with such pride," Pellone said.
Pellone believes her positive spirit is the reason why there's "such a resounding sadness right now" throughout the correction community.
"The news spread quickly...and I received a lot of calls, 'tell me it's not true" and it's, you know, unfortunately, it's true," Pellone said.
According to Pellone, a group called the Westchester BLUE Foundation is reaching out to support union members as they grieve.


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