Family, Friends & Fellow Officers Remember...

Patrolman Kenneth A. Nugent

New York City Police Department, New York

End of Watch Saturday, August 21, 1971

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Reflections for Patrolman Kenneth A. Nugent

Patrolman Nugent, on today the 50th anniversary of your death I would just like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice for the citizens of New York City. And to your Family and loved ones, I wish to extend my deepest sympathy.

R.I.P.
USBP

Anonymous
United States Border Patrol

August 21, 2021

I meet my grandfather everyday in the strength and love I receive from his wife and children, my beloved family

Erin Nugent
Granddaughter

June 27, 2021

I meet my grandfather everyday in the strength and love I receive from his wife and children, my beloved family

Erin Nugent
Granddaughter

June 27, 2021

Rest in peace always knowing that your service and sacrifice will never, ever be forgotten by your law enforcement brethren.

Detective Cpl/3 Steven Rizzo
Delaware State Police (Retired)

August 21, 2020

I am fortunate to know your son Mike and grandsons James, Kenny and Sean. Your son helps young men and women become educators. Your grandsons were role models for my sons. You would be proud.

Paul M Becker
PHS

May 11, 2020

Rest in peace Patrolman Nugent. My father, Owen Davis served for thirty-eight years in the 102nd precinct. Your bravery and honor won't be forgotten.

Rabbi Lewis S. Davis

July 17, 2018

I was on one year when this happened. Remember it well. Sad that society expects us to wait until evil attempts to shoot at us first. Three against one. But one day they will meet their maker. To the loving family of my brother, may you continue to be blessed, and know that your loved one was a hero, and in perpetual peace.

Lieutenant Ray Flores
N.Y.P.D. (retired)

August 21, 2017

I remember this tragic event, I was 11 years old, I remember the horrible phone call. My father police officer Robert Joseph Hannon was Kenny's friend and co-worker. My father was never the same after he lost his friend. Now they are united in heaven and having a blast. But I still remember the grief and sadness till this day, it never leaves you.

MsryAnn Hannon
Daughter of PO Robert Hannon

June 22, 2017

Heartbreaking for all of us connected to the NYPD why on earth were these men paroled? My heart goes out to your family. You will always be remembered in my prayers. God Bless your soul and God Bless your family.

Carol lee
Widow of police officer

August 23, 2016

It was my honor to research newspapers, books and magazines and finally find your Photo in a 1971 Spring 3100 and make sure your photo was put on this site. I wanted to put a face to your heroism in the Line of Duty. I did the research because you are a brother officer and no matter how many years past, you will always be remembered. Rest Easy Hero.

APO Christian Durante
NYPD: 68th Precinct Auxiliary Police Unit

February 5, 2016

Kenny, I just met your lovely wife and she related the story of your loving family..Many children,lots of grandchildren and great grand children..Unfortunately your life was cut too short and you never met any of your babies children...Just by the love your wife had for you she is doing a great job in making sure you will never be forgotten..I promised her that you would be in my daily prayer ritual and that GOD will recognize you as the HERO that you are. God bless you and your family for the sacrifice that you have given us all

Dick Hazel
Friend

September 4, 2015

My father, now deceased since 1986, Alfred Gundersen, was a close friend and I believe an ex-patrol partner of Officer Nugent during the early 1960's. I was only 7 during this tragic event, but I distinctly remember how quiet my father was after his friend's death. My parents met and grew up in Hollis, Queens. I have reached out to this web-site today, as Officer Brian Moore's funeral will be held in my current hometown tomorrow at St. James Church, and this tragedy makes me think of my father's pain after his friend's death in the line of duty. Although many years have now passed, my thoughts, prayers and condolences go out to the entire family of Officer Kenneth Nugent, my father's friend.

Thomas Gundersen
son of an ex-NYPD Patrolman

May 7, 2015

Reported in today's newpaper, 2/10/2015 . RIP Officer
QUEENS — A Jamaica police officer who was shot and killed in 1971 while trying to prevent an armed robbery will soon have a street renamed after him, city officials said.

The intersection of 91st Avenue and 188th Street in Hollis will carry the name of Police Officer Kenneth Nugent, a 13-year NYPD veteran who was assigned to the 103rd Precinct in Jamaica, according to the office of Councilman I. Daneek Miller.

The bill to rename the street after Nugent was signed into law by Mayor Bill de Blasio last week. The bill also renamed streets around the city after 47 other fallen officers and civic leaders, including slain NYPD Detectives Rafael Ramos and Wenjian Liu.

The office of Councilman Miller said that the date for the official renaming ceremony has not yet been decided.

The intersection of 91st Avenue and 188th Street, about 20 blocks away from where he was shot, was chosen because it's near St. Gerard Majella church, where Nugent attended services.

Retired Police Officer
NYPD

February 11, 2015

Met your nephew today. RIP Officer Nugent... gone but not forgotten.

retired Detectiven1992
NYPD

December 4, 2014

Patrolman Nugent,
Sir, it has been over 42 years since your End of Watch but you are still honored and remembered. I would just like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice for the citizens of New York City. And to your family and loved ones, I wish to extend my deepest sympathy.

R.i.P.
USBP

Anonymous
United States Border Patrol

September 16, 2013

To fully appreciate the heroes of the present, we must recognize our heroes of the past. Your heroism and service is honored today, the 42nd anniversary year of your death. I am priviliged to leave a tribute to you. Your memory lives and you continue to inspire. Thank you for your service. My cherished son Larry Lasater was a fellow police officer who was murdered in the line of duty on April 24, 2005 while serving as a Pittsburg, CA police officer.

Time never diminishes respect. Your memory will always be honored and revered. Rest In Peace.

I pray for the solace of all those that love and remember you for I know both the pain and pride are forever. Thanks to your family and friends for sharing their devotion to you through their reflections.

Phyllis Lasater Loya
mom of fallen Pittsburg Officer Larry Lasater, eow 4/24/05

March 16, 2013

I was a 9 year old boy playing with my friends on a hot summer day on Benjamin Ave. in Amityville LI.N.Y when I heard the news of Mr.Nugents tragic passing....his daughter Miss Nugent was my swim instructor at Amityville beach...I was very sad to learn that she lost her father so much so I have never forgotten her loss.....this family has been in my thoughts for 40 years! I hope and pray all is well with them.
I have not forgotten your loss or the pain of that loss...
Years later my cousin Woodrow Cromarty would become Chief of Police in Amityville...
God Bless the Nugent family!
Barry Yancosek

barry yancosek
neighbor

March 4, 2011

Even though I never had the honor and privilege of meeting Uncle Kenny, I feel as though I know him through all of Dad's stories! He was like a brother to Dad and I just know they are up in heaven together having a blast!

Teresa Curtin Santosus
Hugh Curtin's Daughter

September 29, 2010

THANK YOU FOR YOUR SERVICE, REST IN PEACE.

N.J. TROOPER
NEW JERSEY STATE POLICE

February 25, 2010

YOUR DEDICATION TO DUTY AND DESIRE TO PROTECT THE CITIZENS OF NEW YORK CONTRIBUTED TO YOUR DEATH. YOU HELPED MAKE NYPD WHAT IT IS TODAY. YOU WILL NEVER BE FORGOTEN. MAY GOD CONTINUE TO BLESS YOU AND LOOK DOWN AND PROTECT YOUR FAMILY.

RETIRED DETECTIVE FRANK DEMARCO
NEW YORK CITY POLICE DEPARTMENT

August 20, 2009

I said a little prayer today for Patrolman Nugent and his family. He may be gone but never forgotten. He will always be a New York HERO.

Robyn Wilkes

August 10, 2009

RIP.You will never be forgotten.

Anonymous

October 25, 2008

I thank Chris for his beautiful reflection - I will always remember Kenny and his smiling face - He was a terrific policeman as well as friend. My husband Hugh has joined his partner and I'm sure they're having a fantastic time as well as watching over those who are still here - especially you Chris. I pray always for all policemen. Thanks for having this site.

Marilyn Curtin (wife of Hugh Curtin)
Very close friend of Kenny

August 11, 2008

Uncle Kenny,
Still thinking of you and remembering you daily in my prayers.

Bridget Curtin
Daughter of his partner Hugh Curtin

August 8, 2008

"The Badge"

He starts his shift each day
To respond to calls unknown.
He drives a marked patrol car.
A police officer he is known.

He's paid by the citizens' taxes
To make it safe on the streets.
But he usually has a second job
'Cause a waitress has his salary beat.

Now he doesn't know a holiday
'Cause he works all year round.
And when Thanksgiving and Christmas finally arrive
At his home he cannot be found.

He's cursed and assaulted often,
The one whos blood runs blue.
He seldom ever gets a thanks,
To some he's just a fool.

His friends are always other cops
'Cause people just don't understand
That underneath his badge and gun,
He's just another man.

He knows there might not be a tomorrow
In this world of drugs and crime.
And he gets so mad at the court system
'Cause the crooks don't get any time.

And each day when he leaves for work,
He prays to God above.
Please bring me home after my shift
So I can see the ones I love.

But tonight he stops a speeding car,
He's alone down this ole' highway.
It's just a little traffic infraction.
He does it everyday.

Well, he walks up to the driver's window,
And his badge is shining bright.
He asked the guy for a driver's license,
When a shot rang through the night.

Yes, the bullet hit its mark,
Striking the officer in the chest.
But the Department's budget didn't buy
Each officer a bullet-proof vest.

So he lay on the ground bleeding.
His blood wasn't blue - His blood was red.
And briefly he thought of his loved ones
'Cause in a moment the officer was dead.

In the news they told the story
Of how this officer had died.
And some who listened cared less,
But those who loved him cried.

Well, they buried him in uniform
With his badge pinned on his chest.
He even had his revolver,
He died doing his best.

Written By:
David L. Bell
Sergeant
Richland County Sheriff's Department
Columbia, South Carolina
Used with Special Permission of the Author
Copyright © 1999 - All Rights Reserved
and may not be duplicated without permission

Investigator David L Bell
Richland County Sheriff's Dept., Columbia, SC

December 20, 2007

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