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Detective Gerard W. Traynor | Philadelphia Police Department, Pennsylvania Philadelphia Police Department, Pennsylvania


Gerard W. Traynor

Philadelphia Police Department, Pennsylvania

End of Watch: Sunday, June 21, 1987

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 41

Tour: 16 years

Badge # 9209

Cause: Heart attack

Incident Date: 6/20/1987

Weapon: Person

Offender: Not available

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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.

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Det. Traynor,
On today, the 28th anniversary of your death I would just like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice for the citizens of Philadelphia. And to your family and loved ones, I wish to extend my deepest sympathy.


United States Border Patrol
June 21, 2015


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