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Patrolman Thomas Francis Gaffney | New York City Police Department, New York New York City Police Department, New York

Patrolman

Thomas Francis Gaffney

New York City Police Department, New York

End of Watch: Sunday, March 2, 1924

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 46

Tour: 18 years

Badge # 5573

Cause: Struck by vehicle

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Patrolman Gaffney was killed while he and another officer were assisting a motorist with a stalled car on the Manhattan Bridge. The stalled car was struck by a passing vehicle, throwing it into Patrolman Gaffney.

Patrolman Gaffey had served with the New York City Police Department for 18 years and was survived by his wife, three sons, and three daughters. He was assigned to the 26th Precinct.

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Having just found this website, I'm now belatedly thanking the people who have left kind thoughts and remembrances for my grandfather. The recurring theme of 'not forgotten' is still literally accurate. Although he died 91 years ago, his daughter, our beloved Aunt Jeanne, is still with us, and still has as sharp a memory as anyone.

My brothers and sisters, children, cousins, etc. still visit the NYPD Line of Death Memorial to pay our respects, and we live always with the memory of a man we never met, but whom we have always loved. This tradition will continue into future generations, and grandpa will never be forgotten.

May all of your comrades and loved ones rest in peace.

Tom Gaffney
March 6, 2015

 

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