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Patrolman Thomas North Burke | New York City Board of Water Supply Police, New York New York City Board of Water Supply Police, New York

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Thomas North Burke

New York City Board of Water Supply Police, New York

End of Watch: Friday, May 5, 1961

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 51

Tour: 11 years

Badge # 213

Cause: Heart attack

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Patrolman Thomas Burke suffered a fatal heart attack while engaging in a community policing activity with two children.

The children were flying a kite very close to overhead electrical wires in front of the of the Beerston Precinct police barracks on Route 10 in Beerston, New York. Patrolman Burke advised them not to fly the kite so close to the wires and then walked them to a field across the street from the barracks. He fixed the tail on the children's kite and then ran up the field twice, showing the children how to fly it. He returned the kite to the children then suddenly collapsed.

One of the children ran to her parent's house while the other ran to the police barracks. Other officers responded to the location where they found Patrolman Burke had died.

Patrolman Burke had served with the New York City Bureau of Water Supply Police Department for 11 years. He was survived by his wife, son, and four sisters.

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To fully appreciate the heroes of the present, we must recognize our heroes of the past. Your heroism and service is honored today, the 56th anniversary year of your death. I am privileged to be among the first to leave a tribute to you.

Your memory lives and you continue to inspire. Thank you for your service. My cherished son Larry Lasater was a fellow police officer who was murdered in the line of duty on April 24, 2005 while serving as a Pittsburg, CA police officer.

Time never diminishes respect. Your memory will always be honored and revered. Rest In Peace.

Phyllis Lasater Loya
mom of fallen Pittsburg Officer Larry Lasater, eow 4/24/05
February 8, 2017

 

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