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 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 agency for ten years.


  • Age 37
  • Tour 10 years
  • Badge 1300

Incident Details

  • Cause Vehicular assault
  • Weapon Automobile
  • Offender Not available

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I met Mike in 1967 at his relieving point in East Meadow on Hempstead Tpke. where I was employed at the age of 18.He said that I should take the police entrance exam which I did.After serving in the US Army I joined the Police Dept. on 09/24/1971. I got to work a few days with Mike and he instilled many policing ideas in my memory. I will always be grateful and will never forget him . James R.Petty -Retired Detective NCPD

james r petty
Nassau County Police Dept.

May 28, 2018

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