Patrolman Michael J. Kavanagh

Patrolman Michael J. Kavanagh

Nassau County Police Department, New York

End of Watch Sunday, May 29, 1977

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Michael J. Kavanagh

Patrolman Michael Kavanagh was struck and killed by a vehicle fleeing officers. He had stopped on Southern State Parkway near Newbridge Road in an attempt to divert traffic when the suspect vehicle struck him. He was posthumously awarded the Medal of Valor and Purple Heart for his actions.

Patrolman Kavanagh had been with the Nassau County Police Department for ten years.


  • Age 37
  • Tour 10 years
  • Badge 1300

Incident Details

  • Cause Vehicular assault
  • Weapon Automobile
  • Offender Not available

vehicle pursuit

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God Bless all our members of Nassau County who died in the performance of their duties. May they rest in peace! Godspeed to all.....

Special thanks to Joe Failla for always doing the right thing for our our members.

Leonard H. Miller Detective retired
Detective, Vice Squad, NCPD

May 29, 2022

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