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Patrolman Salvatore Spinola | New York City Police Department, New York New York City Police Department, New York


Salvatore Spinola

New York City Police Department, New York

End of Watch: Thursday, October 2, 1969

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 36

Tour: 14 years

Badge # 20563

Cause: Exposure to toxins

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Patrolman Salvatore Spinola died after being overcome by gas fumes from a manhole while attempting to rescue a trapped civilian.

At approximately 9:20 am Patrolman Spinola and his partner responded to a call of an unconscious man inside a manhole at the corner of Eastern Parkway and Troy Avenue in Brooklyn. When Patrolman Spinola and his partner arrived, they found a civilian trapped in a 10-foot deep manhole. Patrolman Spinola put on gas mask and entered the manhole, but the mask was ineffective and he was overcome by the fumes.

Patrolman Spinola had served with the New York City Police Department for 14 years and was assigned to Emergency Services Unit Eight. He was survived by his wife, two daughters, and two sons.

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I said a little prayer today for Patrolman Spinola and his family. He may be gone but never forgotten. He will always be a New York HERO.

Robyn Wilkes
September 29, 2015


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