Police Officer Charles Trojahn

Police Officer Charles Trojahn

New York City Police Department, New York

End of Watch Friday, July 22, 1983

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Charles Trojahn

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

Officer Trojahn had been with the New York City Police Department for two years.


  • Age 27
  • Tour 2 years
  • Badge 30991

Incident Details

  • Cause Aircraft accident

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Charlie was the son of one of my best friends, who also flew a helicopter, his grandfather was a good friend of my dad, Anthony Russo, dob 1902. Charlie's dad, Charles J. Trojahn and I worked together for many years. Matt Rowley, a fellow pilot, I believe related to James Rowley in the mid-air over Brooklyn 7/22/1983, was also a great guy and a friend. My thoughts frequently dwell on all those mentioned above since I remember well the tradegies they endured. May Charley, James and Matt be remembered always by those who knew them.

Michael J. Russo, Pres/Dir of Operations
Northeastern Aviation Corp. FRG

December 18, 2016

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