Police Officer Neil A. Forster

Police Officer Neil A. Forster

New York City Police Department, New York

End of Watch Thursday, December 11, 1997

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Neil A. Forster

Police Officer Neil Forster died of the injuries he sustained one year earlier when he was struck by a vehicle being operated by an intoxicated driver.

Officer Forster and his partner responded to an automobile accident on the Major Deegan Expressway, near West 230th Street, in the Bronx. When they arrived at the scene, the officers decided to layout flares to divert traffic off the expressway. Almost immediately after exiting his patrol car, Officer Forster and his patrol car were struck from behind by a vehicle being operated by an intoxicated man.

Officer Forster was thrown approximately fifty feet and received serious injuries. Due to his injuries, his right leg had to be amputated.

In June 1997, Officer Forster received the New York City Police Department's Purple Shield Medal.

One year after the accident, Officer Forster became seriously ill due to his injuries and died.

Officer Forester had served with the New York City Police Department for 2-1/2 years and was assigned to the 50th Precinct. He is survived by his wife and infant son.


  • Age 30
  • Tour 2 years, 6 months
  • Badge 28999

Incident Details

  • Cause Struck by vehicle
  • Incident Date Monday, December 9, 1996

accident scene, DUI, spike strips

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When i think of how Long it has been since I have physically seen you or heard your voice is when it hits me hard. How it has been this many years is hard to fathom. I think often how you would be so amazed at todays advancements. How much technology has changed and upgraded. I know you loved your music and definitely would have your favorites blasting. Youd be shocked that prince and michael jackson have passed. Intrigued by the newest iphone and any other gadget you could get your hands on. I remember the day you were hurt as if it were yesterday I had slept in bed with mom and we were woken up by a call Saying you were hurt we didn’t know the extent of it so mom had me go to school that morning only for me to leave early we had to go to the airport and flew down in a helicopter so we could get there as soon as possible to see you I was too young to go in but mom told me she didn’t even recognize you when she saw you. I thought we would lose you then but you were so strong and you fought so hard. You fought so hard only to be taken away from us a year later. Year after year it doesnt get any easier. I love you so much and i miss you. I pray that you are able to look down and see all the good you left here on this earth for all of us. Im so beyond proud of the man, husband, father, son, brother you were. You were something extra special and i have to believe that is why god needed you up there more than we did down here. I love you so very much.

Cory Rosa

December 9, 2021

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