Patrolman Richard J. Coughlin

Patrolman Richard J. Coughlin

New York City Police Department, New York

End of Watch Monday, February 24, 1930

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Richard J. Coughlin

Patrolman Coughlin was killed in a motorcycle accident while pursuing a speeding motorist.

Patrolman Coughlin was on patrol when he observed a vehicle speeding south on Nostrand Avenue, Brooklyn. He attempted to stop the vehicle, but the driver refused to stop. As he was pursuing the vehicle, Patrolman Coughlin’s motorcycle was struck by a vehicle at the corner of Nostrand Avenue and Newkirk Avenue.

Patrolman Coughlin was taken to Kings County Hospital with a fractured skull. He died two days later from his injuries.

Patrolman Coughlin was assigned to the Motorcycle Precinct 2, the present day Highway 2.


  • Age 26
  • Tour Not available
  • Badge 1649

Incident Details

  • Cause Motorcycle crash

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Your heroism and service is honored today, the 82nd anniversary of your death. Your memory lives and you continue to inspire. Thank you for your service. My cherished son Larry Lasater was a fellow police officer murdered in the line of duty on April 24, 2005 while serving as a Pittsburg, CA police officer.

Rest In Peace.

Phyllis Loya

Phyllis Loya
Mom of fallen California Officer Larry Lasater, Pittsburg PD, eow 4/24/05

February 24, 2012

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