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.

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