Detective George Murphy

aug_george_murphyThe Pipes and Drums of the New York Police Department Emerald Society mourns the death of our long time Friend and Supporter George Murphy age 67, a retired Detective formerly assigned to the Bomb Squad. He passed away suddenly from an apparent heart attack, while at a marina in New Jersey on Saturday August 22nd. George grew up in Brooklyn in a family of 8 children. As a young man he soon found himself in the Army where he attained the rank of sergeant serving from 1968-1971. He took great pride in his military service, he spent a tour in Vietnam as a pathfinder, an extremely dangerous assignment. George received medals including a Silver Star for his heroic and courageous performance in battle and a Purple Heart when he was later wounded in action. Through the years he kept in touch with the soldiers who fought alongside him. After returning home from the war Murphy married his first wife Patti and then joined the NYPD. He started his career at the 60th Precinct in Coney Island where he quickly learned and loved the job. Unfortunately the city’s fiscal crisis came along and George like thousands of other young cops was laid-off. When he was called back to the job he was assigned to the 17th Precinct on the eastside of Manhattan. His next stop was a transfer to the Bomb Squad and a promotion to detective. Once again he was at the forefront of critical and volatile situations reminiscent of his Army days and always he responded fearlessly. In 1991 he was severely injured during a training exercise at an upstate military base. While rappelling from an NYPD helicopter there was a malfunction with his gear and he fell to the ground. Miraculously he survived but was unable to return to full duty and was forced to retire from the job he loved. After surgeries and countless hours of tough physical therapy along with his “Irish-determination” he somehow got back on his feet again. He started a new career in the private sector as a handler of bomb detecting canines. Throughout his time in the NYPD George and Patti raised 4 children. When the kids were young the family attended Emerald Society trips to the Catskill Mountains, in later years they were joined by their grandchildren. George enjoyed attending monthly meetings when he worked downtown and was usually at our St. Patrick’s Day Parade and pier party. His best times were those he shared with wife and kids. Sadly Patti passed away 13 years ago this month. That was probably the most difficult time of his life after losing her. Several years later George met his 2nd wife Mary she too had lost her spouse, together they shared a wonderful life. They had memorable time travelling and being with each other. His friendliness, sincerity and sense of humor will be missed by all who had the pleasure of knowing George Murphy. He was a humble hero of the US Army and the NYPD, a guy who had guts.

George is survived by his loving wife Mary, his beloved children Kerry, George, Erin and Brian, adoring grandchildren Emily, Paul, Kaitlyn, Jenna, George, Patrick, Meghan, Tony, Jake, Brian, Sean, Connor and Gavin and his dearest siblings Thomas, Kenneth, Billy, Michael, Colleen, Patricia and the late Gregory.

Arrangements by the Branchburg Funeral Home, 910 US Hwy. 202 South, Branchburg, NJ 08876.

Viewing Wednesday & Thursday 2-4 & 7-9

Funeral Liturgy Friday 10:30 St. Elizabeth Ann Seton RC Church , 105 Summer Road, Three Bridges, NJ

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PO Brian Moore

photo-9The members of the New York City Police Department Emerald Society Pipes and
Drums wish to offer their heartfelt condolences to the family of Police Officer
Brian Moore. While working in plain clothes in the confines of the 105 precinct,
Officer Moore was courageously trying to rid our city of illegal firearms. Brian
gave his life for our city and its residents, and his sacrifice will not be
forgotten. Rest in Peace.

 

 

 

 

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RIP – PO Wenjian Liu

PO LiuPolice Officer Wenjian Liu and Police Officer Rafael Ramos were shot and killed from ambush while sitting in their patrol car at the intersection of Myrtle Avenue and Thompkins Avenue in Bedford-Stuyvesant.

Both officers were participating in an anti-terrorism drill when a subject walked up to their patrol car and opened fire with a handgun, striking them both in the head and upper body multiple times. Other officers immediately pursued the the subject into a nearby subway station where the man committed suicide.

The subject was a gang member from Baltimore, Maryland, who had traveled to New York City specifically to ambush police officers. The man had published his intentions on social media prior to the shooting.

Officer Liu had served with the New York City Police Department for 7-1/2 years and was assigned to the 84th Precinct. He is survived by his wife of two months.

Officer Liu was promoted to detective posthumously.

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RIP – PO Raphael Ramos

PO RamosPolice Officer Rafael Ramos and Police Officer Wenjian Liu were shot and killed from ambush while sitting in their patrol car at the intersection of Myrtle Avenue and Thompkins Avenue in Bedford-Stuyvesant.

Both officers were participating in an anti-terrorism drill when a subject walked up to their patrol car and opened fire with a handgun, striking them both in the head and upper body multiple times. Other officers immediately pursued the the subject into a nearby subway station where the man committed suicide.

The subject was a gang member from Baltimore, Maryland, who had traveled to New York City specifically to ambush police officers. The man had published his intentions on social media prior to the shooting.

Officer Ramos had served with the New York City Police Department for two years and was assigned to the 84th Precinct. He is survived by his wife and two sons.

Officer Ramos was promoted to detective posthumously.

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Captain Bob Hogan

Capt. Robert HoganOn August 20th, 2014, Piper Bob Hogan, retired Captain in the NYPD and former Bandmaster and Pipe Major, was tragically killed in a boating accident off the north shore of Long Island.

Through out his five decades with the band, Bob remained an extremely active member. His experience and dedication made him an invaluable asset to older and newer members alike. His sudden loss has shaken his comrades in the Band and his tragic departure will be felt for years to come. Outstanding gentlemen like Bob Hogan don’t come along often, the NYPD Emerald Society and Pipe Band were blessed to have him in the band. Rest in Peace Bob.

He is survived by his wife of 52 years Rosemary and 3 adult children Grace, Colleen and Michael.

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Police Officer Stephen Driscoll

Police Officer Steven Driscoll with his son.Police Officer Stephen P. Driscoll was born on the fourth of July, 1963 in the Bronx, NY. After proudly serving his country as a Seabee in the United States Navy,  Steve joined the NYPD. Steve was a proud member of the Emerald Society, and in 1998, Steve became a member of the Color Guard of the Pipe Band.  Ironically, Steve and Pat O’Connor both were members of the color guard of the NYPD Pipes & Drums, as well as members of the department’s Emergency Services Unit (ESU).

So many of the police fatalities on September 11, 2001, were members of that elite unit because aside from being our version of a SWAT team, our ESU is charged also with performing rescue operations. Police Officer Stephen Driscoll was among the heroes of that awful day that didn’t make it, along with 22 other NYPD Officers. Steve left behind his wife and young son. The band will forever miss him, but takes solace in knowing that Pat O’Connor greeted him upon his entrance to heaven and no doubt the two are swapping war stories as you read this.  May God rest the band’s two line of duty heroes.

“Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends.”
John 15:13

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Patrolman Patrick O’Connor

Patrick OConnorOn November 24, 1971 at approximately 2130 hours, Patrolman and Pipe Band Member Patrick O’Connor, shield No. 19270, of Emergency Service Truck 1, and his partner, Patrolman Maurice Fitzgerald shield No. 2887 of Emergency Service Truck 6, were assigned to Radio Emergency Patrol Unit Adam-Six.  While proceeding westbound on the Gowanus Expressway Near 55th Street, they observed a motorist stopped in the right lane completing the change of a flat tire.  The Patrolmen placed their vehicle about twenty feet to the rear of the disabled vehicle and activated their emergency dome light in order to protect the motorist, who was in a hazardous position.  Before the motorist could complete his repair and be on his way, the Emergency Patrol Vehicle was struck in the rear by a fuel oil truck causing the Vehicle to jump forward, sideswiping another civilian vehicle, bouncing off the center divider and finally come to rest against the right guardrail of the expressway, 215 feet from the scene of the collision. Both Patrolmen were pinned in their vehicle requiring extrication, then rushed to Lutheran Medical Center.  Patrolman Fitzgerald was admitted with serious injuries, but Patrolman Pat O’Connor succumbed to his. Patrolman O’Connor is survived by his wife Ann, and four children; Patrick, and James who are now a band members themselves, Anne Marie and Maureen.  Pat O'Connor and Danaher etc

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