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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

Hi i was named after this man and it is truly an honor. My name is Brian McGrath my father is James McGrath who was Brian's best friend growing up in Brooklyn.

Brian McGrath
my father's childhood friend

September 8, 2008

I don’t know how this could be, but they are paroling one of Officer Murray’s killers back to his “homeland”, as reported in a major national newspaper. What a tragedy (again) for Officer Murray's memory and his family.

CA L.E. Officer

July 22, 2008

What an odd coincedence that two terrorist acts in NYC would fall on the exact same date, 9/11, 25 years apart. RIP Officer Murray.


March 6, 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
Richland County Sheriff's Department
Columbia, South Carolina
Used with Special Permission of the Author
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and may not be duplicated without permission

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

January 2, 2008

Thank you for your sacrifice to your city and your country. Thank you to your family for their gift of you to us. It takes a brave man to diffuse a bomb. Your family should be proud of you. Rest in peace. We will continue to fight terrorism so that your family, co-workers, and friends can move about freely in this great country.

Ohio State Highway Patrol

September 11, 2007

You will always be remembered my friend. Rest in peace.

Cpl/1 Steven Rizzo
Delaware State Police

September 11, 2007

You have not been forgotten. Thank you for your service.


January 1, 2007

Rest in Peace sir, thank you for all you have done

Public Service Officer

December 29, 2006

So, one terrorist had his sentenced reduced in 1989 and one may get out this year (2006). That's a fitting tribute to terrorism. This fine man, this hero, Officer Brian Murray will never get 'paroled' and all he did was good.

Officer Murray, I salute you and your bravery and I spit upon the cowards responsible for taking your life and those responsible for letting them go free.

You are a hero, they are not.

God Bless you and may you Rest in Peace, Brother.

Ptl. Jim Leahy, Jr.
Harvard University Police Dept.

May 25, 2006

I salute you for your service and honor you for your sacrifice.

A hero never dies.....

Rest in peace, hero.

September 29, 2004

You were taken 28 years ago, but I'm sure for your family that at times it seems like yesterday. The date and circumstances are all the same and as we reflect back on 9-11-2001 today, somehow, I feel that date 9-11-1976 though many years before, became an extremely difficult day once again for your family. Please watch over our family of Officers and their families, You are thought of today and remembered in many ways. Thank you and your family for the sacrafices.
God Bless

Police Family

September 11, 2004

Rest in peace brother, you are home.


October 3, 2003

27 years ago u were taken from this earth we will not forget but remember your memory, sacrifice and courage. God Bless and Rest in Peace.

Tonya Stephenson
Private Citizen, Pennsylvania

September 11, 2003

Brian, the date of your death will live in infamy, Sept. 11
May you Rest In Peace

Sgt. Frank Toomey

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