Dozens of family members of officers who died in the Sept. 11 terror attacks were given painted portraits Tuesday to honor their fallen loved ones.
James Vigiano, the 26-year-old son of the late NYPD Det. Joseph Vigiano, told The Post the portrait of his father was “unexpected.”
“My mother kind of didn’t tell me what we were coming in for,” said James, who followed in his father’s footsteps and graduated from the police academy last month. “She was just like ‘Hey, the PBA has something going on today. You’re driving me.’”
The 23 paintings were created by Officer Jonny Castro of the Philadelphia Police Department and presented to the families at the Police Benevolent Associations headquarters in Manhattan on Tuesday.
“When I see the families here I’m glad and sad,” PBA President Pat Lynch said. “We tend to walk into the room and start laughing with one another … but then I’m sad because I remember why we got to know each other, where we got to know each other.”
Castro said he’s painted over 1,000 paintings for first responders.
“These paintings are a special way for me to pay tribute to those who made the ultimate sacrifice,” the 37-year-old artist said.
Vigiano’s brother, Joseph, who is also a cop in the 75th Precinct, said the artwork was “amazing.”
“Out of all the artwork I’ve seen in the last 20 years, that was one of the better ones,” he said. “They got the fine details correct.”