Detective Joseph Lemm


The members of the New York City Police Department Emerald Society Pipes and Drums wish to offer their heartfelt condolences to the family of Detective Joseph Lemm, killed-in-action while serving with the NY Air National Guard in Afghanistan, on December 21, 2015. While on perimeter patrol Lemm’s joint NATO-Afghan unit was moving through a village near the Bagram Airbase, when they were attacked by a suicide bomber on a motorcycle. Lemm was killed along with 5 other American Soldiers in the fiery explosion. Joseph Lemm was on his third deployment after serving first in Iraq in 2011. Next came his first tour of duty in Afghanistan from 2012 into 2013. This most recent deployment began this past August. Det. Lemm was assigned to the Bronx Warrant Squad and a 15 year veteran of the NYPD. Joseph Lemm died a true American Hero defending the United States of America while serving as a brave Staff Sergeant in the NY Air National Guard. While at home he continued his brave service as an NYPD Detective protecting the citizens of NYC. His ultimate sacrifice will be felt throughout the Guard and the NYPD by all who served with him. Det. Lemm leaves behind his loving wife Christine, teenage daughter Brook and young son Ryan. Please remember the Patriotism of Joseph Lemm and the terrible grief his family now faces as we prepare for Christmas. Be assured their Military and Police Families will be by their sides.


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Sgt. Donald Conniff


The members of the New York City Police Department Emerald Society Pipes and Drums wish to offer their heartfelt condolences to the family of Sergeant Donald “Scottie” Conniff. Sgt. Conniff was on his way to work the detail for Mayor Giuliani’s second inauguration on January 2, 1998 when a drunk driver ran a red light and struck his vehicle. Sgt. Conniff was thrown from the car and suffered head injuries that left him unable to care for himself over the last 18 years. His father, Daniel, was also an NYPD Sergeant. Sgt. Conniff’s passing is a Line-of-Duty Death. Your attendance at the services below would be greatly appreciated by the Conniff Family. Please keep them in your thoughts during this very difficult time.

Funeral Services for LINE OF DUTY DEATH

Sgt. Donald Connie of the 9th Precinct


Date: Tuesday, December 15, 2015

Time: 1400-1600 hrs and 1900-2100 hrs

Locations: Bedell-Pizzo Funeral Home

7447 Amboy Road

Staten Island, NY 10307



Date: Wednesday, December 16, 2015

Time: 1030 hrs

Locations: St. Joseph-St. Thomas Parish

6097 Amboy Road

Staten Island, NY 10309



Location: Resurrection Cemetery

361 Sharrott Avenue

Staten Island, NY 10309



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Police Officer Randolph Holder

10552447_10206597729399850_3287490060833869772_n-2The 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 Randolph Holder of PSA 5. Officer Holder was shot in the  head while pursuing a suspect with a gun. Officer Holder was taken to Harlem Hospital in critical condition where he was pronounced dead shortly after 10 p.m.. Holder was a 5 year veteran and native of Guyana, he was unmarried and came from a law enforcement family with both his dad and grandfather being Police Officers in their native Guyana.

Funeral information is as follows: Viewing Services

Location: Greater Allen A.M.E. Cathedral of New York

11031 Merrick Boulevard

Jamaica , New York 11433

Tuesday, October 27, 2015 – 0900-1800 hours

Funeral Services Location: Same As Above

Wednesday October 28, 2015 – 1500 hours

Interment Location: Georgetown, Guyana



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Drum Major Phil Thompson


It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Drum Major Phil Thompson on September 14, 2015. As a iconic member of the band, Phil joined in the 1970’s first as a member of the Color Guard and later as a Piper. In time he achieved the  rank of Pipe Sgt. and then ultimately Drum Major, his true calling, when he took over after the passing of Finbar Devine, then the first and only Band Drum Major who had held the position for some 35 years. Phil had big shoes to fill and did it with great class and grace, leading the Band with the same pride and dignity as Finbar. When the tragic events of 9/11 unfolded it was more then obvious that Phil was born to lead our great Band. The world watched as we moved from funeral to funeral, to countless memorial services and to trips to Ground Zero to preform for the men and women working there who’s spirits needed to be lifted and Phil led with such stoic grace that he showed the world what the NYPD Pipe Band was all about. You filled those shoes Phil and may God Bless you for it. May you rest in peace  and till we meet again say hi to the boys for us.



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27th Annual 5K Fun Run Pipers Pursuit

NYPD Band  Fun Run FlyerPlease see our events section for info on our upcoming 5K Fun Run Pipers Pursuit


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NYPD Pipes and Drums 9/11 Memorial Service


Come and join the NYPD Emerald Society Pipes and Drums at Our Annual Memorial Service, Thursday September 10, 2015 at 1:00 pm located at the Police Memorial Wall in Battery Park City ( just west of South End Avenue and Liberty Street )

The Memorial Service is in remembrance of those Officer Kill in the Line of Duty on September 11 Attacks. The event features a procession into the plaza by the NYPD Pipes and Drums, NYPD Marching Band, Police Pipe Bands from the Tri-State area,and the USMC Band from Quantico Virginia  USMC Band

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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

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NYPD Pipes & Drums 19th Annual Sgt. Finbar Devine Golf Outing

2016 Finbar Golf OutingFriday June 24, 2016

Come join us for the 19th Annual Sergeant Finbar Devine Golf Outing at Riss Prk Par3 Golf Course Rockaway, NY. $60 per Golfer with a BBQ,  T-Shirt & gifts Please contact anyone on the flier  for details or see our Events page for further details

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PO Brian Moore

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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 LiuThe members of the New York City Police Department Emerald Society Pipes and
Drums wish to offer their heartfelt condolences to the families of Police Officer Wenjian Liu and Police Officer Rafael Ramos who 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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