NYPD Pipes and Drums are Proud to say that we have yet another author in the Band. Written by our very own Jake McNicholas a 25 + year NYPD Pipe Band Member. Manhattan North Narcotics Chasing the Kilo Fairy. Jake McNicholas is a former member of the NYPD, where he served for twenty-three years, retiring in 2007 as a First Grade Detective with the Terrorist Interdiction Unit of the Intelligence Division. Many of his years with the NYPD were spent in Manhattan North Narcotics. The events of 9/11 left an indelible impression upon the man, as did his entire career as a member of New York’s Finest. He is currently working with the US Attorney’s Office. He has been a member of the NYPD Emerald Society Pipe Band since 1991.Read More
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 Steven McDonald as well as the entire Law Enforcement Community. Steven has gone home to be with God and we will miss him. He is survived by his wife Patti Ann and son Conor.
On July 12, 1986 Steven was shot in Central Park and has been paralyzed ever since. His wife Patti Ann was pregnant at the time of the shooting with their son Conor. Conor followed in his Dad’s footsteps and joined the NYPD in 2010 and has risen through the ranks, attaining the rank of Detective and Sergeant in the same year.
Steven remained with the NYPD and attained the rank of Detective 1st Grade. He was also an Ambassador for the NYPD, giving speeches and counseling troubled children. Detective Benevolent Association President Michael Palladino said, “Steven was an exceptional human being who should not be defined by the shooting that paralyzed him, but by what he accomplished in life after it happened”. Patrolmen’s Benevolent Association President Pat Lynch described Steven as “the most courageous and forgiving man I have ever known.”
Just eight months after the shooting, Steven McDonald forgave the young man that had shot him and altered his life forever. He often credited the decision to forgive with the sense of peace he enjoyed, his success and his long life that in the end was not long enough.
All of us that knew and loved him can find comfort in knowing that Steven now enjoys a special place in heaven.
Funeral details as follows: Viewing:
Location: St Agnes Parish Center / 99 North Village Avenue / Rockville Center, NY 11570
Wednesday January 11, 2017 2-4 & 7-9 and Thursday January 12, 2017 2-4 & 7-9
Mass of Christian Burial: 9:30 @ St Patrick’s Cathedral
Fifth Ave. between 51st and 50th Streets / New York, NY 10022
Internment: Holy Rood Cemetery / 111 Old Country Rd., Westbury, NY 11590
The members of the New York City Police Department Emerald Society Pipes and Drums wish to offer their heartfelt condolences to the family of NYPD Sergeant Paul Tuozzolo Killed in the LOD
At around 3 p.m. November 4 2016, a man forced himself into a woman’s apartment on Noble Ave. in the Bronx. Two Sergeants were close by and responded to the home invasion. The officers spotted the suspect vehicle, near the scene and approached the vehicle.
As the two Sergeants approached the suspect, he opened fire on them with a .45 caliber pistol. The officers returned fire, killing the suspect while he was still inside of his Jeep.
Sergeant Paul Tuozzolo was shot in the chest and head, he was taken to the Jacobi Medical Center where he died from his wounds.
Sergeant Paul Tuozzolo leaves behind a wife and 2 young children. He was a 19-year veteran of the NYPD
The other Sergeant has been identified as 31-year-old Emmanuel Kwo who is a 9-year veteran of the NYPD. He was struck in the leg and is expected to be alright.
Funeral details to follow.Read More
NYPD EMERALD SOCIETY PIPES & DRUMS
Would Like to Thank All of the Bands and Dancers that attended the 15th Anniversary 9/11 Memorial Concert and Parade
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 detailsRead More
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.
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
The 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
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.