Police Officer Francis J. "Frank" Hennessy

Police Officer Francis J. "Frank" Hennessy

New York City Police Department, New York

End of Watch Tuesday, January 10, 2006

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Francis J. "Frank" Hennessy

Officer Frank Hennessy suffered a fatal brain aneurysm while responding to a man with a gun call at the intersection of Flatbush Avenue and Farragut Road, in Brooklyn.

As the patrol car he was riding in approached the intersection, he observed a man matching the suspect's description. He collapsed as he jumped out of the patrol car to confront the man.

Other officers at the scene immediately started CPR. Officer Hennessy was transported to Kings County Hospital, and then transferred to Downstate Medical Center, where he died the following day.

Officer Hennessy had served with the New York City Police Department for 8 years, and was assigned to the 70th Precinct. He is survived by his wife and two daughters.

In June 2007, Officer Hennessy was posthumously awarded the New York City Police Department's Purple Shield Medal.


  • Age 35
  • Tour 8 years
  • Badge 6493

Incident Details

  • Cause Duty related illness
  • Incident Date Monday, January 9, 2006

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I first met P.O Hennessy as I was doing subway overtime for school dismissal ( I worked in the 61 at the time ) at the station with many stores around I met him . As we talked I noticed his Irish accent and he was from an area where my mother was from . I called my mother on the spot and they talked ... lol . My mother enjoyed that conversation .
A short time later ( months ) I heard on tv that a nypd officer had died LOD . My phone rang and it was my mother that heard the news ans was devastated to learn that you passed ( she was always upset when any officer died but she spoke to you ) . Years later in a hospital in Ireland my brother was getting a surgery done and a women was in the bed next to him , they spoke .. small world , it was your mom ! My brother is a retired officer living in Ireland
You are not forgotten and may God rest your soul ans watch over your family .
Salute !
Ret. P.o O’Hara .... mounted unit

Brendan O’Hara
Ret . Nypd

January 10, 2021

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