Detective Christopher T. Greco was a police officer with the City of New Rochelle Police Department for twenty-five years until his retirement in August of 2021. Prior to his appointment in 1996 Detective Greco served as a police officer with the Amtrak Police Department. During his career with the New Rochelle Police Department Detective Greco served in the Patrol Services Division, Police and Community Together Unit and the Special Investigations Unit. For the last 16 years of his career, Detective Greco was assigned to the General Investigations Unit – responsible for investigating “crimes against people” including homicide, robbery, rape, child abuse and assaults. During his retirement Detective Greco assisted the Westchester County District Attorney's Office with their prosecution of a child rapist (Greco's last arrest with the NRPD) - who was subsequently sentenced to 25 years in prison.
Detective Greco is the recipient of numerous departmental awards and citations including Investigator of the Year; Corporate Crime Investigator of the Year; Police Officer of the Year; Police Commissioners Award; New York State Shields Hero of the Month Award; Journal News Honor Award; 11 Class “C” Citations; 5 Commendation Awards and was awarded Officer of the Month seven times.
In addition to his police duties Detective Greco served as the President of the Police Association of New Rochelle from 2014-2021. His responsibilities include, but were not limited to representing police officers and detectives in disciplinary and contractual matters and promoting and improving the welfare of all Association members. As President, Detective Greco spearheaded numerous community outreach projects including annual coat drives, soup kitchens, toy drives, and an annual holiday gift giving campaign.
In addition, Detective Greco is responsible for spearheading a Secondary Street Naming to honor the memory of a New Rochelle Police Officer killed in the line of duty on 02/14/1977; he is also responsible for spearheading and ensuring that the names of two New Rochelle Police Officers who died from 9-11 related illnesses were added to the Police Memorial Wall in Washington DC.
Detective Greco is responsible for the development and implementation of the New Rochelle Police Project Lifesaver Program; a program designed to help and locate individuals affected by Autism and other developmental disabilities who may wander or get lost.
Detective Greco has a 17 year old non-verbal Autistic son, who prior to being hospitalized since 2018, had a high risk of wandering. The Project Lifesaver program was implemented in 2015 after his son went missing for a few brief moments on the beaches of the Jersey Shore.
Prior to leaving the workforce in 2006 Tracy was the Executive Assistant to a Senior Vice President at MetLife International, and prior to that was the Executive Assistant at the Loral Corporation.
After Christopher’s autism diagnosis in 2006 when he was just a few months old, Tracy chose to leave her position at MetLife in order to care full-time for Christopher and to be by his side throughout every step of what she knew would be a heart-wrenching journey. For the past seventeen years, Tracy has been and continues to be Christopher’s greatest advocate and an advocate for autism and other autistic children and families.
Despite Christopher’s grim diagnosis of a genetic disorder in addition to autism and despite his poor prognosis after all the years in hospitals, brain bleeds, concussions and several near-death medical events, Tracy still found the time, energy, and courage to give back to the community she loves.
For the last 17 years, Tracy has volunteered countless hours, at local schools, SEPTA, other non-profits organizations, her local homeowner’s association and hospitals.
Tracy has also found ways to bring comfort to suffering children and parents that she met in many of the hospitals where Christopher was a patient, including NYU, Blythdale Children’s Hospital, Elizabeth Seton Childrens and Maria Ferrari Childrens Hospital. Having witnessed the untimely passing of many children, Tracy was always there for grieving families and hospital staff.
In 2017 after co-founding Christopher’s Voice, Tracy donated hundreds of hours to Christopher’s Voice. Whether organizing or attending fundraisers, building, mailing, and delivering autism sensory kits to first responder agencies, delivering donations to local families, or simply speaking about Christopher’s journey – Tracy continued to put others before herself.
Despite the severe challenges of coping with Christopher’s many genetic syndromes including Autism, 15Q Gene Duplication Syndrome, Lennox-Gastaut syndrome and Dystonia, Tracy was able to remain strong and present for Christopher, raise her daughter, be a loving wife and daughter, and be supportive to many, many families going through similar challenges.
Tracy is the shining of example of putting others before self…. all done to honor her son Christopher and to be a proud example for her daughter.