Police Officer George R. Kempen

Police Officer George R. Kempen

Nassau County Police Department, New York

End of Watch Sunday, November 14, 1976

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George R. Kempen

Officer Kempen was accidentally shot and killed by another officer following a pursuit of a stolen vehicle on the Southern State Parkway. When Officer Kempen arrived a Long Island State Parkway Police patrolman was struggling with a suspect. The officer's weapon discharged during the struggle and the round struck Officer Kempen.

Officer Kempen had served with Nassau County Police Department for 15 years. He was survived by his wife and son.


  • Age 38
  • Tour 15 years
  • Badge 1312

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire (Inadvertent)

accidental discharge

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...I worked with George in th First Pct, but was off when this tragedy happened. George was doubled up with now deceased PO Bill Lysaght, because his regular RMP was down for mechanical repair. Bill was driving, and George was in th passenger seat. Ironically, had it been the other way around, Bill, who was about 5'9" tall would have had the round pass about 6 " over his head, as George was much taller and caught the round in his collarbone, a shard of which then severed a major artery. It was said that had this same wound happened inside the best hospital OR, with a team of the best surgeons standing by, they would not have been able to save George! RIP George, I was among the young Cops who admired and looked up to you, literally and figuratively! You were a man's man.

Retired Lt. Jim Bresnahan

February 7, 2022

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