Family, Friends & Fellow Officers Remember...

Sergeant Edward J. O'Grady, Jr.

Nyack Police Department, New York

End of Watch Tuesday, October 20, 1981

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Reflections for Sergeant Edward J. O'Grady, Jr.

I just read a well-written and manipulative New York Times article about one of your killers being denied paroled. I wrote a comment to the article, and I am glad I did because most of the comments were from readers who were persuaded by the flowery words and slanted portrayal about the killer to relate and connect to her.

This is the comment I posted. "Why did this beautifully written article, designed to tug at hearts and make a killer a victim, leave out the names of the true victims? Behind the badges they wore, these victims were husbands, fathers, sons, brothers, uncles and friends. Since your article didn't think their names were news worthy, I will add them here. Brinks guard Peter Paige was killed and his fellow guard Joseph Trombino was seriously injured. Two Nyack police officers, Waverly Brown and Edward O'Grady, were murdered. Posted by mom of murdered California officer.

You and the other victims are the only heroes in this story. My heart aches for your family for I understand that both the pain and pride are forever.

I try to post as many reflections as I can and I was glad to see that years ago I had posted one for you. I continue to honor your life and your sacrifice. My son was your brother in green as well as blue so I also thank you for your service in the Corps and bid you Semper Fi.

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

May 24, 2017

Proud to send my No Parole letter today. Rest in peace brother.

Deputy Donnie Meaders
Seminole County (OK) S.O.

January 31, 2017

I knew Eddie and went on a few calls with him when I was on the Clarkstown Police Dept. I was the first CPD officer sent to the Brinks call and am alive by less than a minute. Eddie was also a combat veteran of Vietnam like myself. He was a top notch officer and I am sure top notch Marine. I am sure the Lord had mercy on him and he is in a much better place. And because of Jesus sacrifice will one day be reunited with his loved ones.

Retired Clarkstown Police officer
Co worker

January 11, 2017

Wishing Sergeant O'Grady and his family Peace. My family and I are praying for you all.

EA
NYPD

December 31, 2016

It's going to be 35 years, and I STILL remember like it was yesterday. Ed O'Grady was quick with a joke, quicker with a smile, and a good man. Semper Fi, Sergeant!

Arnold, Daniel
friend - Alpine, NJ

June 12, 2016

I said a little prayer today for Sergeant O'Grady and his family. He may be gone but never forgotten. He will always be a New York HERO.

Robyn Wilkes

October 13, 2015

Sarge, your killers seek freedom, as god stands beside me we will NEVER let them walk free, god bless you and officer Waverely Brown Justice will be paid when your killers die where they belong, not on the streets but in prison.

Friend
Fire department

February 19, 2014

Ed, your smile is unmistakable. I remember you well from when we were stationed at Force Troops, Camp Lejeune in 1969-70. We lived in the same barracks at Mainside. Your overriding ambition was to be a NYC police officer. I'm sorry that human scum turned out to be your undoing. Thank you for your service, both in the Corps and as a law enforcement officer. You paid the ultimate sacrifice helping tro keep the garbage off our streets.

May you rest in peace in the bosom of the Lord.

John A. Daum, Omaha, Neb.
Marine veteran comrade

February 17, 2014

Hero's may fall but are never forgotten. RIP Sir.

James Kotke
Civilian / Former Officer
WSF Park Police (Wi.)

January 30, 2012

R.I.P. Hero

PO MRP
NYPD

October 20, 2011

My prayers are with the surving family members, especially the children of SGT O'Grady. As a VietNam era veteran myself may you rest in peace.
May the Lord Bless you and keep you, and cause His face to shine upon you. In Jesus name....Amen

Chaplain Buchanan
Florida Department of Juvenile Justice

July 8, 2010

Your heroism and service is honored today, the 28th anniversary of your death. Your memory lives and you continue to inspire. Thank you for your service. My cherished son Larry Lasater was a fellow police officer murdered in the line of duty on April 24, 2005 while serving as a Pittsburg, CA police officer.

Though your sacrifice was made years ago, your memory will always be honored and revered.

Rest In Peace

Phyllis Loya

Anonymous

October 20, 2009

Though I never knew him, he was part of my Law Enforcement family and I will mourn this deep loss the rest of my life. My heart aches with all the losses we have suffered, and continue to suffer, through the years. God is our only peace in such incidents & our only real comfort comes from Him. May His strength, comfort & peace continue to be the sustaining force in the lives of all who knew this beloved officer; and may it somehow help to know he is not forgotten, and his killers had been relentlessly persued in his honor.

Vicki Hare, Telecommunicator
Salisbury NC PD

September 9, 2009

Today I read your story. It sickens to me think that someone is walking our streets that commited such a vile act.

Thank you for your service, sir. You are remembered not only a Hero, but a beloved Father and an anchor to your community. Thank you for serving both your community and your country with honor.

God rest.

Laura
Philadelphia, PA

March 12, 2009

I left the mall and walked past the Brinks truck as it pulled up to the bank that afternoon. I was legally carrying a concealed weapon, and often wonder what would have happened if I stopped to window shop for a minute.
I also worked for Sgt. O'Grady's father-in-law, and was acquainted with the family, so the possibilities haunt me.
This event forever reminds me of the risks and sacrifice made by our law enforcement community, even in "small town" America. My thoughts are with him and his family.

TWS
Friend

January 22, 2009

Thinking of you and all of your loved ones on this day. You have not been forgotten and are a true hero. Continue to keep watch over your loved ones.

Bob Gordon
Father of Chicago Officer: Michael P. Gordon, EOW: 8/8/04

October 20, 2008

I just learned about the circumstances of Sgt O'Grady's death, while reading some historical information. My condolences to his family, and thanks for his loyal service as a fellow police officer.

Officer Ken Haney
Jackson TN Police Dept

October 5, 2008

Just thinking of you and Waverly Brown today...your heroism and kind deeds will never be forgotton!!!

You and "Chipper" have forever shaped my view of Law Enforcement.

I thank you for the inspiration!!!

Deputy David Stevenson
LASD

Deputy David Stevenson
LASD

May 23, 2008

"The Badge"

He starts his shift each day
To respond to calls unknown.
He drives a marked patrol car.
A police officer he is known.

He's paid by the citizens' taxes
To make it safe on the streets.
But he usually has a second job
'Cause a waitress has his salary beat.

Now he doesn't know a holiday
'Cause he works all year round.
And when Thanksgiving and Christmas finally arrive
At his home he cannot be found.

He's cursed and assaulted often,
The one whos blood runs blue.
He seldom ever gets a thanks,
To some he's just a fool.

His friends are always other cops
'Cause people just don't understand
That underneath his badge and gun,
He's just another man.

He knows there might not be a tomorrow
In this world of drugs and crime.
And he gets so mad at the court system
'Cause the crooks don't get any time.

And each day when he leaves for work,
He prays to God above.
Please bring me home after my shift
So I can see the ones I love.

But tonight he stops a speeding car,
He's alone down this ole' highway.
It's just a little traffic infraction.
He does it everyday.

Well, he walks up to the driver's window,
And his badge is shining bright.
He asked the guy for a driver's license,
When a shot rang through the night.

Yes, the bullet hit its mark,
Striking the officer in the chest.
But the Department's budget didn't buy
Each officer a bullet-proof vest.

So he lay on the ground bleeding.
His blood wasn't blue - His blood was red.
And briefly he thought of his loved ones
'Cause in a moment the officer was dead.

In the news they told the story
Of how this officer had died.
And some who listened cared less,
But those who loved him cried.

Well, they buried him in uniform
With his badge pinned on his chest.
He even had his revolver,
He died doing his best.

Written By:
David L. Bell
Sergeant
Richland County Sheriff's Department
Columbia, South Carolina
Used with Special Permission of the Author
Copyright © 1999 - All Rights Reserved
and may not be duplicated without permission

Investigator David L Bell
Richland County Sheriff's Dept., Columbia, SC

December 20, 2007

RIP

police officer
NYPD

December 5, 2007

St. Michael is watching over you and your family.

MRP26611

October 22, 2007

No better brother could anyone have had. You made me proud Eddie, it was an honor to be your sister. i know you are looking after us always.
Mary O'Grady Crowley
Nyack, New York 10960

Mary O'Grady Crowley
sister of SGt O'Grady

October 22, 2007

As is the case with all heroes such as yourself, you will never, ever be forgotten. May you rest in peace always.

Cpl/1 Steven Rizzo
Delaware State Police

October 20, 2007

What an honor to know and now be a part of your family Ed. I know you and my Dad are off fishing somewhere up there

G.Brown

Coordinator G.Brown
US Postal Inspection Service

April 22, 2007

Sgt. O'Grady, thank you for your service. Continue to watch over your family --- they need your love, guidance and support.

Rest in peace.

Michelle - wife of Retired LEO

December 6, 2006

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