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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It was my honor to research newspapers, magazines, online & books to find your ID CARD Photo. I found this photo in a 1983 New York Times Newspaper article about your heroic sacrifice. I felt it was necessary to have a photo on this website so that your family & friends can remember you. Rest Easy Hero! Always Remembered!

APO Christian Durante
NYPD: 68th Precinct Auxiliary Police Unit

February 5, 2016

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