Patrolman Frank E. Romanella

Patrolman Frank E. Romanella

New York City Police Department, New York

End of Watch Thursday, July 26, 1923

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Frank E. Romanella

Patrolman Romanella and Patrolman Charles Reynolds were shot and killed after arresting several men in a taxicab.

The patrolmen were driving on the Queensborough Bridge when they heard a woman screaming in a taxicab for help. The officers stopped the cab a short distance away and placed the occupants in custody. The officers then ordered the driver to drive to the 81st Precinct station as they rode on the outside of the cab. As the cab neared 64th Street and 2nd Avenue, one of the occupants opened fire on them, killing them both.

Patrolman Romanella was assigned to the 29th Precinct, the present-day 17th Precinct. He was survived by his wife.


  • Age 28
  • Tour Not available
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Handgun; Revolver
  • Offender Never apprehended

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Patrolman Romanella,
On today, the 100th anniversary of your death I would just like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice for the citizens of New York City. And to your Family and loved ones, I wish to extend my deepest sympathy.


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July 26, 2023

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