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Police Officer Brian J. Murray | New York City Police Department, New York New York City Police Department, New York

Police Officer

Brian J. Murray

New York City Police Department, New York

End of Watch: Saturday, September 11, 1976

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 27

Tour: 6 years

Badge # 13639

Cause: Terrorist attack

Weapon: Explosives; Bomb

Offender: Five apprehended

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Officer Brian Murray was killed when a terrorist bomb he was trying to deactivate exploded.

Terrorists attempting to win Croatian independence, planted a bomb in a locker at Grand Central Station in Manhattan. The terrorists then hijacked a TWA flight. While en route to Europe, the terrorists transmitted their demands. The terrorists threatened to blow up the airplane with bombs, and to strengthen the impression that they had real bombs on the airplane, they told officials where they could find a bomb at Grand Central Station.

Officers from the Bomb Squad were sent to investigate, and they removed a bomb from a locker at the station. They then removed the bomb to the department range at Rodman's Neck in the Bronx, where Officer Murray, along with three other officers, attempted to defuse the bomb by remote control. When they were unsuccessful in defusing the bomb by remote, they approached it. During their approached, the bomb exploded, killing Officer Murray and seriously injuring the other three officers.

The five Croatian terrorists were arrested when the airplane they hijacked landed in Paris, France. All five suspects were returned to the United States where they were charged by the United States Government with Air Piracy, and by New York State with murder.

All five suspects were convicted of air piracy, and in addition two were convicted of murder. The two suspects convicted of murder were sentenced to life in prison, but that sentence was reduced in 1980. One suspect was paroled in 1989. The second was paroled in 2008 and then deported.

Croatian terrorists were responsible for several bombings in the late 1970's and early 1980's that resulted in the injury of many civilians and police officers.

Officer Murray had been employed with the New York City Police Department for six years, and is survived by his wife and two children.

On October 1, 2014 Charles Street in lower Manhattan was renamed Police Officer Brain Murray Way in his honor.

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Dear Brian:

The irony of the date you gave all, seems to be a date which will haunt Americans for generations to come. But I believe it's a date that all Americans can reflect on the enormity of sacrifice that we in law enforcement are willing to make for our fellow countrymen.

It takes a real hero, dedicated to the preservation of life and liberty, to do what you did. Unfortunately, there seems to be only criticism of late, of our law enforcement officers in the manner to which we do our job. But I implore, no dare, those critics of law enforcement to pin on a badge, carry a gun, look death in the face everyday, work for a laughable salary, and live under a microscope of others who don't have a damn clue what this job is all about. I seriously doubt there will be any takers. "Protect and serve". Hey folks, that's a code we live by, not a punch line to a joke.

Thank you for your dedication to duty, your professionalism and your willingness to put yourself in harms way for the benefit of others. Our sacred Thin Blue Line gets thinner everyday, but the line will hold. Rest in peace knowing that you are not, nor will be forgotten.

Sgt. Ron Tomassi, (Retired)
Lake Mary Police; Palm Beach Sheriff's office
August 17, 2017

 

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