Patrolman James Cosgrove

Patrolman James Cosgrove

New York City Police Department, New York

End of Watch Friday, October 7, 1966

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James Cosgrove

Patrolman Cosgrove was killed when a drunk driver struck his police motorcycle on Westside Highway. He was attempting to pull over a speeding vehicle when another vehicle entered the highway and struck him.

Patrolman Cosgrove had served with the New York City Police Department for three years and was assigned to Highway Unit 4. He was survived by his wife, twin daughters, two sons, and brother.


  • Age 26
  • Tour 3 years
  • Badge 10545

Incident Details

  • Cause Vehicular assault
  • Weapon Automobile; Alcohol involved
  • Offender Not available

DUI, motorcycle

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We will never forget Jim, and his family who've sacrificed so much.

We organize a race in honor of Jim, and all members of NYPD, who have died in the Line-of-Duty. The annual NYPD Memorial 5K Run takes place on the same roadway (Westside Highway) that Jim was unfortunately taken from us. Visit

Tom Biggers, President
NYPD Running Club

April 22, 2022

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