Loss of Grand Island Investigator Christopher Marcello
It is with heavy hearts, that the Grand Island Police Department announces the passing of Investigator Christopher Marcello, who left us before his time at the age of 42, due to natural causes.
Chris, began his career at the Grand Island Police Department in 2013, and served on Patrol, as a School Resource Officer at Grand Island Senior High, and as an Investigator.
Embodying the model of a true hero, Chris was a recipient of the department’s Life Saving Award Chris had the heart and desire to save children as a Child Abuse Investigator, the patience and leadership to train future Police Officers as a Field Training Officer, and the cunning and bravery to go into the worst situations as a member of our Tactical Response Unit. Chris was a 23 year veteran of the US. Army National Guard Alpha Troop 1/134th Calvary Squadron where he was deployed several times to Bosnia, Irag, and Afghanistan. He retired at the rank of First Sergeant.
Yet, that is not what defined Chris to most at our agency. Chris was an Atlas for the department. He was always willing to shoulder any burden for his fellow officers, and the citizens of our community every day, and do it with a smirk and sarcastic wit that brightened any situation. His cool head and easy demeanor, always improved an outcome regardless of the weight of the situation.
Chris was a hero in every sense that the word can be defined, and he will be missed. Please pray for peace for the family of Chris Marcello, as they cope with the difficult time.