Bio & Incident Details
Tour: 16 years
Badge # 9209
Cause: Heart attack
Incident Date: 6/20/1987
Offender: Not available
Detective Gerard Traynor suffered a fatal heart attack shortly after running to help another officer who was struggling with a prisoner who was attempting to escape.
Detective Traynor was on duty in the Northwest Detective Division when he heard another detective call for help. He ran to the detective's aid and found an escaping prisoner attacking the detective. Detective Traynor pulled the attacker off the other detective and fought with him as they fell to the floor. With the aid of other detectives they were able to regain control of the prisoner. The following morning Detective Traynor suffered a heart attack and was pronounced dead at 6:25 a.m.
Officer Traynor had served with the Philadelphia Police Department for 16 years. He was survived by his wife, son, and daughter.