Family, Friends & Fellow Officers Remember...

Police Officer Stephen R. Gilroy

New York City Police Department, New York

End of Watch Friday, January 19, 1973

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Reflections for Police Officer Stephen R. Gilroy

Stephen and I went to St.Cecilia's grammar school together and graduated in 1956. I went into the NYPD in 1963 and remember the night that he was killed. I was there the day that the killers surrendered, I was a detective at that time.

Captain Joseph M.Ferro
NYPD, school buddies for 8 years.

July 4, 2023

Officer Gilroy,
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.


United States Border Patrol

January 19, 2023

50 Years ago ….
They say that our memories fade as we age, and to an extent, I must agree.
They say we never forget a loved one’s smile, or a loved one’s voice that too is also true.

Tomorrow evening will mark the 50th Anniversary of Stevie’s tragic lose. And so, this too I know for sure….. there will be much Joy in Heaven as the Past Gilroy and Maher Clans gather with The Angelic Chorus to Honor Stevie’s Brave and Selfless Act of Love.
And how am I certain that this will occur….well because Jesus, himself told us in his own words:

"Greater love has no one than this: to lay down one’s life for one’s friends.
You are my friends if you do what I command. I no longer call you servants, because a servant does not know his master’s business. Instead, I have called you friends, for everything that I learned from my Father I have made known to you. You did not choose me, but I chose you and appointed you so that you might go and bear fruit—fruit that will last—and so that whatever you ask in my name the Father will give you. "

And so, once again on this day, I remember you "Cuz"……..with so many wonderful memories of those many happy youthful days that we shared together.
Your Cousin
Mike Koszalka

Detective Mike Koszalka (Retired)
Police Department, County of Suffolk, New York

January 18, 2023

God bless Officer Gilroy and the NYPD. Requiescat in pace.

A Hell's Kitchen Irishman

May 21, 2022

God bless you

Nick mottola

October 14, 2020

One of the killers of Officer Gilroy (Salih Abdullah) has died in prison. He died of a stroke after serving 47 years.


October 13, 2020

A real "Hero" taken.
You helped make this world a safer place to live.
May God grant you eternal peace.
Prayers to your loved ones and to your department.

Det. Billy Russo (Ret)
Nassau County Police Department, New York.

January 26, 2019

Stephen Gilroy was my Uncle and Godfather.. He truly wanted to help others and was a great soul. His dedication to public service has been extended by many of his nieces and nephews, including myself. Uncle Steve we hear you singing those Irish songs and carry on your legacy everyday!

Sergeant-Retired. Kevin Kenna
New York City Police Department

January 19, 2019

My father was a cop for 43 years.

I am an ex-military Nursing Officer

I am with YOU.

I need to add some respectful advice to ODMP. PLEASE add information about their full LIVES. Their lives, as mothers, fathers, sons, daughters, husbands, wives, parents. People need to hear about the goodness of these people. Tell me how many children they left behind, what ages. Did they do volunteer work in the community? Their notable police records of service? Anything funny or personal? Had they just gotten married? Finished some unrelated course of studies? These wonderful people are human beings but if they are represented only as cops, so many people won't FEEL what happened here. It's sad to say but people will care MORE if they feel they know that person. I am speaking from my heart. Tell their STORY. Show the people that they were human beings who lived important lives on earth. It goes without saying that the information that you give is necessary and wanted, but please honour these PEOPLE more so that the population might think HARDER, about what was done to them. J.A. Cleminson RN/BScN/SSW/CD/Capt (ret'd)

Canadian Forces Captain (Retired)
Daughter of a cop who served 43 years

January 11, 2019

Proud to mail my No Parole letter, on behalf of Officer Gilroy. You are not forgotten! God Bless You All.

Allie Wroten
Proudly Supporting All L.E.O.’s
Wife of a Corrections Deputy

January 11, 2019

I retired from Truck#1 in 1978. I worked with Steve in Truck #8 for many years. He relieved me in Adam 8 on the day of his death. I have forgotten many things over the years, Steve will never be one of them....

P.O. Charles Tierney
Emergency Squad # 1 Emergency Squad # 8

February 4, 2018

45 years ago today you were stolen from us. I continue to miss you Uncle Steve. Especially your laughter and Irish songs. I miss dancing on the tops of your feet while you sang my song. I miss you my Camelot.

Linda Terry

January 19, 2018

Always with us Uncle Steve. I cannot believe 45 years have passed.

Kevin Kenna
Nephew-Retired NYPD

January 19, 2018

To the family, friends and colleagues of Officer Gilroy: I sent my NO PAROLE FOR COP KILLERS letter today, on his behalf. Please know that his service and sacrifice will never be forgotten! I wish that you didn’t have to endure the pain of another parole hearing. You are in my thoughts and prayers. God Bless you all!

Supporter of Law Enforcement
Wife of Corrections Deputy

September 21, 2017

Thinking of you Uncle Steve.

Kevin Kenna NYPD Sgt-Retired

January 19, 2017

Sir, Davis T, my farther 40 PCT 1970 -1987 . My hart is Forever.

thinking about you. You Guys are in heaven now. Safe tours . Be safe ! 10-4 over and out.

Son of a PO

January 7, 2017

It was my honor to research newspapers, books and magazines and finally find your ID Card Photo, a more digital one 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

RIP Officer. You are not forgotten.

Police Officer (retired)

January 19, 2016

42 years is a long time....thank you Bob Benz, NYPD, and NYPD ESU personally it is a comfort with the knowledge that my Uncle Steve's memory continues to live on in so many hearts. January 20, 2015

Gail Kenna-Quinn

January 20, 2015

I am a retired NYPD Emergency Service Unit Officer and I had the pleasure to have worked with Steve Gilroy. I would like to assure Stephens family that the members of the NYPD and especially the members of The Emergency Service Unit, will never forget the sacrifice Stephen made, in order to protect the lives of NYC citizens. May his family and friends find comfort in the knowledge that Stephan's memory will live in our hearts forever... Bob Benz (Retired NYPD / ESU)

Bob Benz
NYPD / ESU, Friend & Brother

January 19, 2015

Thinking about you once again, missing you and knowing two more brothers have paid the ultimate price for being part of New York's Finest. I wish I understood this world Uncle Steve. So much hatred it breaks my heart. Miss you!

Linda Terry

December 22, 2014

Uncle Steve, your always a hero to your family and we all miss you and your great heretic strong man nobody fails attitude!!!! Love you and miss you uncle tremendously always your true nephew Steve


December 21, 2014

My father Edward Reilly was A police officer in N.Y.City in the 92 and 94.He was Steves Partner and friend and ofthen talked about Steve as i was growing up.He never forgot Steve and prayed for him.My father is passed since 2006 and is reunited with his partner in heaven.Godbless them both.I was a little boy when i went to Steves funeral with my father and will always remember the 21 gun salute.Rest in peace Steve and my father Edward and his other partner Jimmy Burns.

John Reilly
Son of Police Officer Edward Reilly

June 3, 2014

Steve was my football coach for the Greenpoint Crusaders. He was a kind and humorous guy who ran like the wind for our senior team. May he rest in peace.

Gerard Meagher
a former player

October 3, 2013

Thank you for your brave service and ultimate sacrifice. You are not forgotten !

J Prince, citizen

September 21, 2012

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