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John Marynowitz and his family



Officer Christine O’Brien
Public Affairs/Media Relations Unit

Regardless of the number of years that have passed, family, friends and members of the Bustleton Bengal’s community still remember the day that Officer Robert Hayes was shot and killed in the line of duty and his partner, Officer John Marynowitz’s life was changed forever. Officer Marynowitz was shot in the face and permanently disabled as a result of the shooting. On Wednesday, June 20, 2012, a rededication ceremony was held at the Officer Robert S. Hayes Memorial Playground, located at 9800 Roosevelt Boulevard.


The Bengals Organization dedicated a second plaque in memory of Officer Hayes. The original plaque, which was dedicated in 1995, was damaged beyond repair. Along with a new plaque, a mural was also unveiled at the ceremony. The mural, painted on the side of the clubhouse by Bustleton residents and volunteer artists Shaisma Smoje and Bob Baumner, will serve as a reminder to those who enjoy the playground that Officer Hayes gave his life in service of his fellow citizens.

Officer Hayes’ youngest son, Ryan, who was seven years old when his father was killed, spoke eloquently at the ceremony. He thanked everyone for their support and guidance as he has grown in to a man that would make his father proud. Ryan aspires to follow in his father’s footsteps by becoming a Philadelphia Police Officer. His desire to carry on his father’s legacy by protecting and serving is remarkable.

Officer John Marynowitz also thanked everyone for their love and support over the years. As we left the ceremony, he gave us something to think about, “No matter what happens to you in life, never give up, always go on.” Powerful words coming from a man who has experienced so much adversity in life.

Commissioner Charles H. Ramsey and the Philadelphia Police Department would like to thank the Buslteton Bengals especially, Kevin Hughes, Vince Tarducci, and Chris McNicholas for their hard work to keep Officer Hayes memory alive.


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