Family, Friends & Fellow Officers Remember...

Police Officer Brian J. Murray

New York City Police Department, New York

End of Watch Saturday, September 11, 1976

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Reflections for Police Officer Brian J. Murray

I was 13, I still rememember.
Now retired NYPD myself.
Fidelis Ad Mortem


September 12, 2022

How ironic and almost a small dose of foreshadowing as to what would sadly and tragically come on the very same day 25 years later. To reiterate a little something from the previous reflection left by Retired Assistant Sheriff Lopey, Bomb Squad Officers are in deed a special breed and are incredibly devoted people within our LE community. I thank you for your service and on this 44th anniversary of your heroic and untimely death, I would like to say that your service and sacrifice will never, ever be forgotten by your law enforcement brethren. Rest in peace always sir.

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

September 11, 2020

Officer Murray
Thanks for your service and sacrifice for you great city and state. Bomb squad officers are a special breed and you went above and beyond the call of duty just by volunteering for such an assignment. It is ironic that my grandfather was from Croatia (settled in California). I never heard him talk about politics--he was just proud to be an American. Many of his grandchildren are in law enforcement in California/Nevada. Anyway thanks four your service--its obvious you were loved by your family and by your brother officers. I've had the pleasure of working with NYPD in the past on a couple of homicide cases and got to know a couple in the FBINA and they were all great cops, like you.

Jim Lopey, Assistant Sheriff (ret)
Washoe County Sheriff's Office (Reno) and NVDPS

September 11, 2019

God bless Brian Murray and his family. I just discovered this website when googling this incident that will forever remain in my memory. I was 16 years old at the time and I remember my dad getting called back to work that night. I slept on the couch because for some reason I sensed that my dad and his officers were involved in something very dangerous. My dad was with Brian when the bomb exploded, and he felt he owed his life to Brian’s courage and heroism during this horrific event. My dad was Fritz Otto Behr, Deputy Inspector, NYPD Scientific Research Division. My dad passed on December 16, 2016 of cancer and in my heart I know that he and Brian have been reunited in service and honor. Rest In Peace, Brian and Dad. Thank you both for your exemplary service.

Lorraine Behr-Formaz
Daughter of Deputy Inspector Fritz O. Behr

October 25, 2018

Amazing to think TERRORISM could take the life of a cop on Sept. 11. It's also amazing to think that these filth were ever allowed to see the light of day again, or their homeland.

Officer Murray, you are a true hero and on this 42nd anniversary of your murder, I salute and honor you. No doubt in my mind you have never truly left the side of your family throughout the passage of time and watch over them to this day. No doubt in my mind also that you greeted those who joined you on that date 25 years later.

God Bless you and the NYPD and may you forever Rest in Peace, Brother.

Ptl. Jim Leahy, Jr.
Harvard University Police Deparment

September 11, 2018

Rest in peace hero.

Lt. Jim Russo

September 11, 2017

Dear Brian:

The irony of the date you gave all, seems to be a date which will haunt Americans for generations to come. But I believe it's a date that all Americans can reflect on the enormity of sacrifice that we in law enforcement are willing to make for our fellow countrymen.

It takes a real hero, dedicated to the preservation of life and liberty, to do what you did. Unfortunately, there seems to be only criticism of late, of our law enforcement officers in the manner to which we do our job. But I implore, no dare, those critics of law enforcement to pin on a badge, carry a gun, look death in the face everyday, work for a laughable salary, and live under a microscope of others who don't have a damn clue what this job is all about. I seriously doubt there will be any takers. "Protect and serve". Hey folks, that's a code we live by, not a punch line to a joke.

Thank you for your dedication to duty, your professionalism and your willingness to put yourself in harms way for the benefit of others. Our sacred Thin Blue Line gets thinner everyday, but the line will hold. Rest in peace knowing that you are not, nor will be forgotten.

Sgt. Ron Tomassi, (Retired)
Lake Mary Police; Palm Beach Sheriff's office

August 17, 2017

One of the most humorous, warm, engaging, "giving" people I have ever known. Could crack a joke or fling a hilarious comment in even the most stressful situations. Never had an encounter with Brian where I didn't crack a smile or roll out a belly laugh.

Capt. Justin Thompson
Rockville Centre Fire Department

May 27, 2016


I was going through some old emails between my father and me and I came across this on from 2010.

"Brian Murray and I were partners in the 32nd Pct. in the early 1970's . He was the most unlikely guy to request assignment to the Bomb Squad. He was an Irish Elf with red hair and a sense of humor that could get the toughest cops to crack a smile.

Those were tough days in New York. The FALN, BLA, Croatian Terrorists, and the usual assembly of people who just wanted to kill Policeman. I lost at least 6 close friends during those tough years, Brian was one of the greatest shocks. He was always smiling and always very professional, a great friend and devoted to his family. A great loss.

In those days being a cop was more a calling than a job. We were all very close. Your Mom knew Brian and it was a sad day when we laid him to rest.

A sad story but one that needs to be remembered, as he does."

I just thought that this should be shared. my father was Lt. Brian M. Carroll.

Daughter of his former partner

February 26, 2016

just looked murray up 3/14 because i was working a 12to8 tour i guess after his death when we with emergency service we pried open a grand central locker and found a heineken six pack cardboard container w/dynamite and a wind up clock devise.never found out if it was a real bomb or not,the bomb squad trailer came and took it to rodmans neck.

po f healy
midtown south city cop

March 6, 2014

Brian was my friend as well as a brother officer. We were in the same police academy graduating class of 1970. We were assigned to traffic b in midtown, He later was assigned to the bomb squad, I, the narcotics division, we often shared rides to and from work during our time in traffic, later we would run into each other at police crime lab we would share stories, laughs Brian would kid me about my appearance (undercover narc) he always looked sharp in his suits. He often warned me about the dangers of the streets. I was shot 4/4/74 on the job. Brian visited me in the hosp. He kidded me and made me laugh. He met my mother and brother. My mother thought he was quit a character. When they called my that day i was in shock to say the least, i will never forget Brian, always in my heart, the best to his wife and family. Angelo florio

angelo l. florio ret. det nypd
friend/brother officer

October 28, 2013

brian was my soccer coach. we lived on midwood st. we won the c.y.o. championship in 1966, with a record of 13-0-1. brian was a true hero.he taught me a lot of things, including how to defend myself against a bully. he is is in my thoughts always. he was a feisty,red headed irish kid with a sense of honor. may he rest at the right hand of the lord.

gorge v. dodd,jr. civ

October 15, 2013

RIP Brian, RIP Zvonko. Life have reasons, life is all connected. Jing and jang hugs everyone everywhere. We should share love and empathy towards each other, not agrresion to acomplish something. Agrresion always ends violent!

Dr.Saric M.

September 1, 2013

Terrorist Z. Busic committed suicide today.

Miljenko Hajdarovic
Hrvatski povijesni portal

September 1, 2013

Officer Murray. Thank you for your heroic deeds. We need more people like you. Your sacrifice will always be remembered by the law enforcement community and people of New York.

FBI Agent

March 22, 2013

We have not forgotten you brother! God Bless you! Look over the boys in blue from above and protect them with Saint Michael!

CARFAX Police Crash Assistance

September 11, 2012

A quater of a century, to the day, before he was joined by his colleagues , the victims of another terrorist attack, Officer Murray laid down his life for his friends, colleagues and the people of New York.
May the example of his dedication, selflessness and devotion to duty be remembered.
Officer Murray now patrols the hallowed ground where he and his fallen colleagues can be at peace.

Volunteer Firefighter Bradbury
One Who Remembers

May 16, 2012

I would like to know WHEN Brian will be honnored for his act?

911... Still nothing about Brian Murray!

What is wrong with this picture?

R.I.P. Brian, your with your mother, father & your two sister's

I pray that this will be seen by some one that cares.
someone that will bring this to the attention of the

Angela Ballah-Ucciardinon Private citizi

September 12, 2011

I remember the other 9/11. Rest in peace and thank you for your service and sacrifice. May your family be at peace and be proud of the work you did for this nation.

Glenn Myers
Private Citizen (cousin of Bruz Dworkin)

September 11, 2011

May your Name ring loud On Sept 11 1976,You were the first to be killed fighting terrorisom on the Country I commend you for you unwavering Heroism ,,,,We still defend her today That freedom

Citizen Robert Booth
Citizen Of The United States

January 31, 2011

Hi Brian, You are 12 days older than I am, so Happy 61 Birthday today! On June 4, 2010 after 40 years away from the old neighborhood, I went back and walked along Midwood Street. Many things have change, but your home remained the same and glad to see that. I still remember your mom, dad and your two sisters and brother with great fondness. Until we meet again, Henry, Indianapolis, Indiana

Henry P. Dohnert, Indianapolis, Indiana

August 20, 2010

As our family is blended with yours I see where Chris gets his drive and ambition. I can only imagine what your family faced with the loss of their brave Dad. I want you to know learning of your courage has inspired us all and will be a timeless memory to be passed on to your grandchildren.

Thank you for the ultimate sacrifice - B Davis


May 31, 2010



May 27, 2010

Your heroism and service is honored today, the 33rd anniversary of your death. Your memory lives and you continue to inspire. Thank you for your service. My cherished son Larry Lasater was a fellow police officer murdered in the line of duty on April 24, 2005 while serving as a Pittsburg, CA police officer.

Rest In Peace

Phyllis Loya


September 19, 2009

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

Robyn Wilkes

September 4, 2009

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