RIP – PO Raphael Ramos

PO RamosThe 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 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

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