The 50 year-old Long Island native came to work for the precinct as a patrolman in 1984, when crack cocaine and angel-dust ruled the streets of Queens' roughest neighborhoods. Things quieted as Weber worked his way up to community liaison detective, a job more about board meetings than beat-walking.
He also faced adversity along the way, such as a life-threatening car wreck and working through the September 11th attacks.
Family, colleagues and community leaders gathered at Maspeth Town Hall April 14 to send Weber off in style. Recounting the harrowing highlights of his career, Weber reserved his highest praise for the teammates who he said always had his back.
“Most guys only stay 20 years,” Weber said, “But I just loved the people here.”
Once his last two weeks are up, Weber said he plans to travel and spend time with family.
Community Affairs officer Tony Jimenez will take Weber’s place.
“You know where to find me,” Jimenez told Ann Maggio of the Citizens for a Better Ridgewood, a watchdog neighborhood group.
“I sure do,” Maggio said. “And when something’s wrong I’m going to call you up and scold you just like I did Kevin.”