Detective Ferdinand A. Socha

Detective Ferdinand A. Socha

New York City Police Department, New York

End of Watch Thursday, July 4, 1940

Ferdinand A. Socha

Detective Ferdinand Socha and Detective Joseph Lynch were killed when a time bomb they were inspecting exploded. The two detectives were inspecting the bomb, which had been discovered at the World's Fair Grounds in Flushing, Queens.

Members of the Bomb Squad, including Detective Socha and Detective Lynch, had removed the bomb to a safe location, but it exploded as the two inspected it.


  • Age 35
  • Tour 9 years
  • Badge 1117

Incident Details

  • Cause Bomb
  • Weapon Explosives; Bomb
  • Offender Not available

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Det. Socha,
On today, the 77th anniversary of your death I would just like to say thank you to you and your Partner for your service and sacrifice for the citizens of New York City. And to your Family and loved ones, I wish to extend my deepest sympathy.


United States Border Patrol

July 4, 2017

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