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 Reynolds was assigned to the 29th Precinct, the present day 17th Precinct.


  • Age 28
  • Tour Not available
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Handgun; Revolver
  • Offender Not available

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Time has quickly passed since you gave your life in the line of duty. I did not have the opportunity to know you and that is my loss. You have not been forgotten and will be remembered as someone who made the ultimate sacrifice but sadly, you are not here to say thank you. I want to say that now on behalf of my family.

Peter Romanella

May 4, 2013

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