Sergeant Daniel J. Swift

Sergeant Daniel J. Swift

Hornell Police Department, New York

End of Watch Wednesday, October 24, 1973

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Daniel J. Swift

Sergeant Daniel Swift was struck and killed by a vehicle while attempting to arrest three juvenile occupants. The 15-year-old driver took his fathers car and intentionally struck Sergeant Swift. He was charged with juvenile delinquency. In 1977 he was sentenced to a year in jail for reckless endangerment, reckless driving, and DWI after he tried to run over another Hornell police officer in a parking lot.

Sergeant Swift was survived by his wife and son.


  • Age 25
  • Tour Not available
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Vehicular assault
  • Weapon Automobile
  • Offender Not available

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After all these years you are still so dearly missed by me and many others. You are with your first love , Julie, now and forever. Your birthday is in a few short days and you would be 72 years old. You should be sitting in a comfortable chair enjoying your grandchildren but all that was taken from you on October 24, 1973. I love you Dan.

Cynthia Swift Costa

February 22, 2021

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