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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In addition to my reflection from a few years ago never was it mentioned that he was killed on the very same road but about a mile north of his home.I later spoke to his wife Bernice and she said she heard the sirens that night and got a chill up her spine sensing that something tragic had happened. She was right.George also had a young son .I made it my business to check in on his wife for years with my partner when we were on patrol in the town next to her. Ron Petty- retired NCPD

Det.J Ron Petty
Nassau County Police Department

November 14, 2021

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