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Patrol Borough South remembers the fallen

Families and NYPD bretheren pay tribute to those who died in the line of duty

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Posted: Thursday, May 15, 2014 10:30 am | Updated: 11:56 am, Thu May 22, 2014.

Patrolman John Kennedy of the 100th Precinct was killed in 1922, struck by a train while pursuing Prohibition era bootleggers.

Inspector Thomas Boylan died in 1952, hit by debris from a plane that crashed after missing the runway at Idlewild Airport.

Det. William Capers was killed in 1972 by friendly fire in a burglary arrest gone horribly wrong.

Edward Byrne’s murder in 1988 galvanized a city against the drug trade.

Officer Renee Dunbar of the 103rd Precinct died not in the September 11 attacks, but from cancer she contracted working at the site of the World Trade Center in the weeks and months afterward.

They and 25 others were honored on May 8 by the NYPD’s Patrol Borough Queens South in its first-ever Line of Duty Memorial service held at Immaculate Conception Church in Jamaica.

The Catholic Mass was attended by family members of officers killed in the line of duty as far back as the 1970s.

Also in attendance was a legion of school crossing guards in tribute to Lorraine Elliott, who was killed in 1980 at the Intersection of Lefferts and Rockaway boulevards when she was struck by a driver who did not see her in the early morning glare.

Assistant Chief David Barrere, commanding officer of PBQS, thanked the family members in attendance.

“Your loved ones had the courage, the pride, the strength and the dedication to duty,” he said. “They did not become heroes because they died, but because of how they lived. ... You’re part of our family.”

Others honored included:

• Hubert Allen, 100th Precinct, struck by a car on patrol in 1927;

• Arthur Fash, electrocuted in 1928 while trying to protect civilians from a fallen trolly line;

• Howard Barrows of the 105th Precinct, hit by a car directing traffic at Merrick Road and Springfield Boulevard in St. Albans in 1930;

• John Ringhauser, 102nd Precinct, killed in a crash responding to a burglary in 1931;

• Herbert Haucke, 103rd Precinct, killed by a hit-and-run driver in Jamaica in 1934;

• Clarence Clark and Victor Cooper of the 105th Precinct, killed in a 1938 car accident on the way to a reported larceny;

• Francis O’Hara, 102nd Precinct, killed with Emergency Services Officer Peter Kundsen in 1946 in a gas leak explosion;

• William Von Weisenstein, 101st Precinct, struck as he attempted to avoid a truck heading for his patrol car in 1948;

• Andrew Reynolds of the 107th Precinct, killed in an accident chasing a driver who had twice tried to run him over in 1955;

• Sgt. Donald Wiseman, 107th Precinct, ejected from his patrol car in a crash at the intersection of Main Street and the Grand Central Parkway in 1955;

• William Long, 103rd Precinct, shot and killed by a car burglary suspect near 165th Street and Archer Avenue in 1956;

• Anthony Graffia, 106th Precinct, shot during a pharmacy robbery in 1968;

• `Kenneth Nugent, 103rd Precinct, shot in 1971 as he walked in on a robbery;

• Timothy Hurley, 103rd Precinct, shot three times in an ambush as he and his partner, William Cutter, responded to a robbery in progress;

• Thomas Pegues, shot in the back in 1974 by the passenger of a driver being arrested for a suspended license;

• Robert Cox, 107th Precinct, fell into a coma in 1977 after a foot chase and strugglewith a prisoner. He died three months later;

• William Flood, PBQ, was killed in a robbery while he was off duty in 1977;

• Robert Sorrentino, 101st Precinct, shot chasing suspects in a Far Rockaway robbery in 1980;

• John Scarangella, 113th Precinct, shot in his cruiser after he and his partner, Richard Rainey, pulled over burglary suspects in 1981;

• Scott Gadell, 101st Precinct, shot in a gunfight while reloading his revolver in June 1986;

• Joseph Alcamo, 100th Precinct, killed in a car accident responding to a call in March 1992;

• Nicholas DeMutiis, 106th Precinct, died in a 1994 crash on his way to work as he attempted to block a suspect in a police chase with his own car on Liberty Avenue in 1994;

• Disdale Enton, 113th Precinct, died of a brain aneurism during a long foot pursuit of an assault suspect in 2002.

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