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Police Officer Edward R. Byrne

New York City Police Department, New York

End of Watch Friday, February 26, 1988

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Reflections for Police Officer Edward R. Byrne

Such a young man like your colleague, Officer Scott Gadell, Officer Byrne you were taken way too young and your bravery and integrity won't be forgotten. My dad was a New York City officer from 1928 until 1966 working out of the 102nd precinct. Rest in peace. Ambushed by scum of the earth with no regard for human life. You and Scott Gadell both twenty-two and heroes forever.

Rabbi Lewis S. Davis

May 3, 2018

Eddie you are never forgotten...we wore the same uniform...I never had the chance to work with you and sadly I directed traffic at an interesection and cried as your hearse passed by. I teach all my LEO students about you and keep your memory alive! Your face is forever etched in my mind and your legacy will live forever!

Tina Swanno
Retired NCPD - NYPD class 84-58

February 26, 2018

On this the 30th anniversary of you being in perpetual peace, and watching over all of us, I want to thank you again for your service and sacrifice on that horrible day. All lives matter.

Lieutenant Ray Flores
NYPD (retired)

February 26, 2018

Posted: NY POST February 25, 2018

NYPD official: My cop brother’s killing was ‘turning point’ against crime
By Stephanie Pagones

The brother of the Queens cop who was fatally shot while on duty 30 years ago reflected on his loved one’s life — and how his death shaped the future of the NYPD.

“It was a very different New York then,” Larry Byrne, the NYPD’s deputy commissioner for legal matters, told John Catsimatidis on AM 970’s “Cat’s Rountable” Sunday. “It really was a turning point in a year when we were approaching 2,000 homicides and thousands of shootings.”

Byrne’s brother, Edward, was assassinated on the early morning of Feb. 26, 1988 while he was sitting in his police car, guarding the home of a targeted witness in a drug lord’s trial. He was 22.
Howard “Pappy” Mason, who ran a drug gang in the neighborhood, had instructed other gang bangers to kill a cop as a way to “intimidate law enforcement and send a message,” Byrne recalled on the radio.

“He called his gang and said, ‘We have to send a message to the cops — they take one of us, we take one of them. You have to kill a cop,'” Byrne said.

Eddie was shot five times in the head, just five days after his birthday and less than one month since he had joined the force, his brother said.

“Really, everybody in New York and the country woke up and said, ‘If an armed police officer in uniform could be assassinated by drug dealers, then none of us are safe,’ And that’s when the battle in earnest began to take back the city.”

Eddie’s death prompted the creation of a federal criminal justice grant in his name designed to improve the policing system.

Three decades later, crime is at its lowest point since 1951 — with less than 300 murders in 2017 — and officers are striving to strengthen their relationships with the community through the department’s neighborhood policing initiative.

“It’s important that we remember 30 years later, and that we…never go back to those terrible days when no one in New York City was safe.”

Police Officer-retired
New York Police Department

February 25, 2018

You are still honored even today as a hero. You will NEVER be forgotten. God bless you and your beautiful family. Rest in peace brother.

(Retired)PO Cathy Williams

July 17, 2017

Rest in peace my brother. You were taken away from us too soon in life. But your heroism will always be remembered by all of us in the N.Y.P.D. All blue lives matter.

Lieutenant Ray Flores (Ret.)

March 6, 2017

Thank you for serving in our law enforcement. I hope my letter made it to the parole board. RIP and my condolences to your family.

John Haseltine - Civilian

November 23, 2016

Proud to send my No Parole letter today. Rest in peace brother, you have not been forgotten. God bless the family, friends, and former co-workers of Officer Byrne during this time of frustration and re-opening the never healing wound.

Sr Patrolman Donnie Meaders (RET)
Wewoka (OK Police Department

November 11, 2016

You are remembered on this day. May God Bless your family.

Probation Parole Officer III Aaron Linn
WV Parole Services

May 13, 2016

His name is etched in my heart forever, Eddie you became my hero that day and I make sure to pass on your name to all I teach now. Your shield was carried by Pres. Bush (#1) and the federal memorial grant in your name is still going strong. I saluted you as your funeral procession went by holding back traffic as a Nassau cop and having been a city cop first I couldnt hold back the tears. I am crying as I write this now. You became an icon for a generation of cops and pushed the NYPD to realize its' tragic mistake leaving you alone that night and not knowing who that witness actually was testifying against..biggest dealer in Queens. You saved other cops from suffering a similar fate by making the NYPD change protocol. You can never be forgotten. I salute you again today!

Tina Swanno
NYPD / NCPD (retired)

February 27, 2016

To the Byrnes family your son made the ultimate sacrice.May God bless him and your family.I will never forget Eddie because I was also a cop at that time. Unfortunately NYPD doesnt educate their officers on what happened to your son. This tragedy should be taught in the police academy,I asked many of the new officers did you here what happeNED to Police officer Eddie Byrne and they had no idea.This is an outrage because it was not only an attack on cops but on society!!!!

SGT Greg Piquette
Retired NYPD

February 26, 2016

To the Byrnes family, we can never forget Eddie. We think of him all the time especially when another makes the supreme sacrifice. We will never forget him. We were NYPD when he was too!! We hope you know how much he means to so many in blue!

Retired LEO's Tina Swanno/Thomas Morris
Nassau County Police Department (Long Island, NY)

January 21, 2016

Eddie, just wanted to say I think about you just every day. I feel you've helped keep me safe all these years.
God Bless You.

Det. Dan C.
Friend, NYPD, Freeport PD

September 28, 2015

May these savages die in prison as they should

Police Officer // Police Union Exec
Long Island

March 15, 2015

Your sacrifice will never go forgotten! Rest easy brother.

Student Marcelino Lindo
Future NYPD

February 26, 2015

I remember hearing the story about Eddie when I was in H.S. (Hillcrest). The entire community felt it. 7 years later I was assigned to the 103 and many mos's still felt the pain.

Rest in peace my brother

NYPD 103pct 1994-1999

January 20, 2015

I was 6 years into my tenure with VBPD and remember this like it happened yesterday!

Paul Day (retired)
Virginia Beach, Virginia

December 20, 2014

Prior to joining NYPD, P.O.Byrne was a NYC Transit Police Officer (Transit and Housing Police have since merged with NYPD). I attended his funeral with many other Transit Police Officers. His death was a hit by a drug lord and helped the city see how serious and insidious this problem was. His sacrifice spurred increased efforts that led to the safer streets we now enjoy. Rest In Peace.

Former T.P.O. Guy Sanders
NYC Transit Police 1982 - 1989

May 15, 2013

Eddie rest in peace my friend. 25 years ago but you are in my thoughts always! We as a world will never forget you! May those animals never see the light of day again! Pat Fazio retired psa#9

P.O. Pat Fazio

February 26, 2013

I was at the memorial for P.O. Byrnes today, at 107th Avenue and Inwood Street, which marked the 25th Anniversary of his shooting. What happened to Eddie Byrnes is a disgrace, while he was serving and protecting this city. I never had the priviledge of working with him but I have been told over and over again what a good cop he was. I pray that God should keep him close.

Sgt. J.M.

February 26, 2013

I was a Police Officer in NYC at the time for a little over 3 years (seems like yesterday). I worked in the Queens Task Force at the time and spent many tours in 103 Pct. The animals that killed Eddie should never be released from prison. God rest Edward Byrne and his family. President Bush still has Eddie's shield that was giving to him by Mr. Byrne's

P.O. P.S.
Currently NCPD

February 26, 2013

Life for Cop Killers !!!


February 25, 2013

I do not want these 4 cop killers to receive parole. Please send the information for me to send letters to the parole board. I have lost my son to a cop killer and know how it changes your life.

Sue C. Neely
Mother of Officer Tom Ballman, EOW 2/07/08
Kirkwood, Mo. Police Dept.

October 28, 2012

while working in n.y.c corrections . I k. Hennessy had the great job of capturing the killer of officer byrne, while trying to escape from the Bronx House of Detention. That day was a bit of peace for me ,while kicking the crap out of officer Byrne killer.


October 13, 2012

May you rest in peace and may your killers never be free.

Lieutenant Gregory W. Chupa

October 1, 2012

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