Police Officer Daniel J. Greer

Police Officer Daniel J. Greer

Nassau County Police Department, New York

End of Watch Sunday, December 16, 1979

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Daniel J. Greer

Officer Greer was struck by a drunk driver and killed while talking with a motorist he had pulled over on the Long Island Expressway in Plainview, New York. The 23-year-old driver drug him more than 150 feet before fleeing and also hit the car he had pulled over injuring a registered nurse who comforted Officer Greer as he died. The driver of the vehicle was located with the help of CB radio users who were in the area.

The subject was charged with hit and run, manslaughter, vehicular homicide, and DWI. He was released after posting a $5,000 bond.

Officer Greer was posthumously awarded the Purple Heart. He had been with the agency for 13 years and was survived by his wife, two sons, and two daughters.


  • Age 44
  • Tour 13 years
  • Badge 1247

Incident Details

  • Cause Vehicular assault
  • Weapon Automobile; Alcohol involved
  • Offender Apprehended

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Dan and I worked in "TSP" together on 495 when there were no street lights and the center guide rail ended at exit 40. The place was always littered with hub caps and parts of cars strewn about. Dan was known as the "Shooing Star" on the CB Radio and he had an following of friends . He was always there when you needed help the and he still
Thank You Dan!

Detective First Grade Gary T. Ferrucci
Nassau County Police Department Homicide Squad VCARS

May 1, 2021

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