Detective Gerard W. Traynor

Detective Gerard W. Traynor

Philadelphia Police Department, Pennsylvania

End of Watch Sunday, June 21, 1987

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Gerard W. Traynor

Detective Gerard Traynor suffered a fatal heart attack shortly after running to help another officer who was struggling with a prisoner who was attempting to escape.

Detective Traynor was on duty in the Northwest Detective Division at 1747 North 17th Street when he heard another detective call for help. He ran to the detective's aid and found an escaping prisoner attacking the detective. Detective Traynor pulled the attacker off the other detective and fought with him as they fell to the floor. With the aid of other detectives, they were able to regain control of the prisoner. The following morning Detective Traynor suffered a heart attack and was pronounced dead at 6:25 a.m.

Officer Traynor had served with the Philadelphia Police Department for 16 years. He was survived by his wife, son, and daughter.


  • Age 41
  • Tour 16 years
  • Badge 9209

Incident Details

  • Cause Heart attack
  • Incident Date Saturday, June 20, 1987
  • Weapon Person
  • Offender Not available

escape attempt, officer assistance

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Over numerous years I had the pleasure of working cases with so many different Philadelphia officers and their dedication and commitment to their work and public safety was always amazing. Detective Traynor you are one of those amazing men who has undoubtedly left a legacy for the many amazing men and women who I speak of. Please know that your heroic actions, your memory, your service and your sacrifice is one that will never be forgotten. Rest in peace.

Detective Cpl/3 Steven Rizzo (Retired)
Delaware State Police

June 21, 2020

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