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Police Officer Gary L. Peaco | New York City Housing Authority Police Department, New York New York City Housing Authority Police Department, New York

Police Officer

Gary L. Peaco

New York City Housing Authority Police Department, New York

End of Watch: Thursday, June 16, 1988

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 29

Tour: 2 years, 5 months

Badge # 4017

Cause: Automobile accident

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Police Officer Gary Peaco was killed in an automobile accident while responding to a "officer needs assistance" call from two members of the New York City Police Department.

The two NYPD officers had just engaged four robbery suspects in a gun battle. The four males were suspected of stealing a gold neck chain at gunpoint from another man in the East Tremont section of the Bronx at about 5:25 am. During the shootout, the two officers left their vehicle to seek cover. When they did, two of the four suspects stole their police car and fled.

Officer Peaco and his partner were responding to the "10-13" call from the officers and were traveling north on the Grand Concourse near Echo Place when they passed an ambulance that was responding to an unrelated call. As they passed, the ambulance clipped the rear of their police car causing it to spin out of control, strike a lamppost, then a tree and finally burst into flames. Officer Peaco, who was driving, was thrown from the vehicle and landed 30-feet away.

Officer Peaco was transported to Jacobi Hospital but did not survive his injuries.

Police Officer Gary L. Peaco had served with the New York City Housing Authority Police Department for two and half years. He was survived by his wife and twin daughters.

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Gary, I came onto this site and found your memorial. I will never forget he morning of your accident, we were in the command and the last thing you said to me was I will see you in 15 minutes. Those words will always echo in my head, because in 15 minutes everything changed and you were gone. I will never forget that tour and who was working and the jobs we all went on. Many years have passed, and not a day goes by that I do not think of you. I have a picture of you hanging in my office. Rest In Peace my brother. Till we patrol again.

NYPD Detective (Ret) Frank Pascarelli
N.Y.P.D
March 10, 2017

 

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