Police Officer James Rowley

Police Officer James Rowley

New York City Police Department, New York

End of Watch Friday, July 22, 1983

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James Rowley

Officer James Rowley and Police Officer Charles Trojahn were killed when their helicopter was involved in a mid-air collision over Brooklyn during a traffic patrol. Officer Rowley and Officer Trojahn were traveling over Brooklyn, when a sea plane struck the rear rotor of the helicopter, causing it to crash into the East River. Both officers and two of the four passengers on the sea plane were killed.

Officer Rowley had been with the New York City Police Department for 17 years and was survived by his wife and two children.


  • Age 39
  • Tour 17 years
  • Badge 25696

Incident Details

  • Cause Aircraft accident

helicopter crash

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