P.O. Reinaldo Salgado Playground
Monroe St. to Madison St. between Patchen Ave. and Ralph Ave.
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The former Patchen Playground was renamed for Police Officer Reinaldo Salgado (1956-1997) of the 81st Precinct in August 1997. Known affectionately in the neighborhood as "Rei," Officer Salgado died of leukemia at the age of 41 on April 14, 1997. In the Bedford-Stuyvesant community, Salgado is remembered for his active involvement with the children in the 81st Precinct Youth Programs.
The youngest of ten children, Salgado was born on January 6, 1956 in Manati, Puerto Rico. He was raised in the South Bronx and attended Cardinal Hayes High School and the State University of New York at Buffalo. In May 1977 Salgado graduated with a B.A. in Speech Communication, the first in his family to complete college. Like two of his brothers before him, Rei chose a career in the Police Department. He graduated from the Police Academy in January 1981.
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