Police Officer Neil A. Forster

Police Officer Neil A. Forster

New York City Police Department, New York

End of Watch Thursday, December 11, 1997

Neil A. Forster

Police Officer Neil Forster died of injuries he sustained one year earlier when he was struck by a vehicle being operated by an intoxicated driver.

Officer Forster and his partner responded to an automobile accident on the Major Deegan Expressway, near West 230th Street, in the Bronx. When they arrived at the scene, the officers decided they needed to lay out flares to divert traffic off the expressway. Almost immediately after exiting his patrol car, Officer Forster and his patrol car were struck from behind by a vehicle being operated by an intoxicated man.

Officer Forster was thrown approximately fifty feet and received serious injuries. Due to his injuries, his right leg had to be amputated.

In June 1997 Officer Forster received the New York City Police Department's Purple Shield Medal.

One year after the accident Officer Forster became seriously ill due to his injuries and died.

Officer Forester had served with the New York City Police Department for 2-1/2 years and was assigned to the 50th Precinct. He is survived by his wife.

Bio

  • Age 30
  • Tour 2 years, 6 months
  • Badge 28999

Incident Details

  • Cause Struck by vehicle
  • Incident Date Monday, December 9, 1996

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It was my honor to research newspapers, magazines, online & books to find your ID CARD Photo. I found this photo in a 1998 NYPD MEDAL DAY BOOKLET about your heroic sacrifice. I felt it was necessary to have a photo on this website so that your family & friends can remember you. Rest Easy Hero! Always Remembered!

APO Christian Durante
NYPD: 68th Precinct Auxiliary Police Unit

February 5, 2016

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