In Memory of Those Who Gave Their Lives.
Gone But Never Forgotten.

 


Ptl. John F. Tuohy
04/24/39 - 03/20/63

Officer Tuohy suffered a fatal heart attack while chasing a wanted felon in Brooklyn. He was assigned to Transit District 2.

Ptl. Lloyd Innes
05/19/59 - 06/16/67

Patrolman Innes was shot and killed by a suspect he had shot and wounded during an arrest attempt 5 years earlier. Patrolman Innes had awoken a man who was sleeping on a subway train in 1962. The man then grabbed Patrolman Innes' nightstick and severely beat him with it. Patrolman Innes was able to shoot and wound the suspect. The suspect and Patrolman Innes lived in the same neighborhood and the suspect repeatedly threatened him. The suspect shot and killed Patrolman Innes in front of two of his children. Patrolman Innes was assigned to Transit District 30. He was survived by his wife and three daughters.

Ptl. Michael Melchiona
12/01/65 - 02/28/70

Officer Melchiona was shot and killed during a foot pursuit. He was on foot patrol when he encountered a male smoking in the bathroom at the IRT station at 50th St. and Broadway. When he asked for identification the man pulled out a handgun and disarmed Officer Melchiona. The suspect then fled with Officer Melchiona in pursuit. During the chase the suspect fired at Officer Melchiona, fatally wounding him. Other officers who responded to the scene shot and killed the suspect in a shootout. Officer Melchiona had been with the agency for four years and was assigned to Transit District 1. He was survived by his wife and two young children.

P.O. John Skagen
07/20/70 - 06/28/72

Officer Skagen was accidentally shot and killed by a New York City police officer while chasing a shooting suspect. He was in plainclothes returning from a court appearance when he witnessed a man with a gun at the Hunt's Point subway station. After an exchange of gunfire, where both PO Skagen and the perpetrator were both shot, he began chasing the suspect with his gun drawn. As they exited the station the suspect yelled to two NYPD officers that a crazy man with a gun was chasing him. One officer opened fire on Officer Skagen, fatally wounding him. The suspect was apprehended and charged with the murdering a police officer but was acquitted in connection with Officer's Skagen's death. Officer Skagen was assigned to Transit District 2. He was survived by his wife and son.

P.O. Sid L. Thompson
11/28/67 - 06/05/73

Officer Thompson was shot and killed while attempting to arrest 2 fare evaders at the 174 Street IRT #2 Station in the Bronx. While attempting to arrest one suspect the man's companion shot him. Despite being wounded, Officer Thompson was able to return fire and wound the man he had originally stopped. He was assigned to Transit District 12. Both suspects were members of the Black Liberation Army and were apprehended several days later. Officer Thompson had been with the agency for six years and was survived by his wife, son, and daughter. The Black Liberation Army was a violent, radical group that attempted to fight for independence from the United States government in the late 1960s and early 1970s. The BLA was responsible for the murders more than 10 Police Officers around the country. They were also responsible for violent attacks around the country that left many police officers wounded. Thopmson's assailant was sentenced to a 25 to life prison term.

Det. George Caccavale
12/01/65 - 06/26/76

Detective Caccavale was shot and killed while working an off duty security job at a cash checking store. When he arrived at the store with a large sum of money he was confronted by three armed men. As he attempted to draw his weapon he was shot. The suspsects took his gun and as he attempted to draw his backup weapon he was shot again. The suspects fled the scene but were arrested and sentenced to 25 years to life. Detective Caccavale had been with the agency for 11 years. Although his sacrifice has been recognized on the national level, his death still has not been recognized officially by the City of New York. Two of his assailants were sentenced to 25 to life & the third 20 to life.

P.O. Carlos King
07/06/64 - 12/20/76

Officer King was shot and killed when he attempted to take action during a robbery while workding an off duty job as a cab driver. When the suspect attempted to rob him Officer King identified himself as a police officer and was shot. Officer King was assigned to Transit District 2. He was survived by his wife and two sons.

P.O. Seraphin Calabrese
02/22/71 - 02/24/80

Officer Calabrese, while assigned to District One, was shot and killed with his own weapon while attempting to arrest a fare evader at the Columbus Circle subway station. The suspect immediately grabbed Officer Calabrese's gun and shot him. Another nearby transit officer apprehended the suspect. Officer Irving Smith was shot and killed five days later while attempting to take action during a robbery of a bar. He and several other officers went to the establishment following the funeral of Officer Calabrese. His killer was sentenced to 15 to life and is still in custody.

P.O. Irving Smith
05/07/68 - 02/29/80

Officer Smith was shot and killed while attempting to take action during a robbery at a bar while off duty. He and several officers went to the establishment following the murder of Officer Seraphin Calabrese. Officer Smith was assigned to to the NYC Transit Police Academy. Smith's murderer served 21 years of a 15 to life sentence.

P.O. Joseph Keegan
05/03/65- 06/19/80

Officer Keegan was shot and killed with his own gun while attempting arrest a fare evader at the Columbus Circle subway station. The suspect, using karate, gained control of his handgun and shot him. The man was arrested in Central Park later in the day during a massive manhunt. Officer Keegan was assigned to Transit District One and had been with the agency for fifteen years. He was survived by his daughter, mother, and sister.

Keegan's killer is still serving a 25 to life sentence.


P.O. Joseph Hamperian
12/01/80 - 09/22/83

Officer Hamperian was struck and killed by an automobile while he was in plainclothes working a pick-pocket detail at a bus stop in Brooklyn when the incident happened. Officer Hamperian was assigned to the Transit Police Surface Crime Unit  (Bus Squad) and was survived by his parents.

P.O. Irma (Fran) Lozada
10/20/81 - 09/21/84

Officer Lozada was shot and killed while attempting to arrest a robbery suspect. She and her partner were in plainclothes patroling the L Line when they witnessed a suspect snatch a piece of jewelry. The officers gave chase but separated while in pursuit. Officer Lozada's body was found three hours later in a vacant lot. She had been shot in the head while attempting to make an arrest. Officer Lozada was the first female officer to be killed in the line of duty in New York City. She was assigned to Transit District 33 and had been with the agency for three years. She was survived by her mother and brother. The murderer is serving a 25 to life sentence.

P.O. Robert Venable
01/06/84 - 09/22/87

Officer Venable was shot and killed while attempting to make an arrest. He and two other officers were transporting several prisoners in Brooklyn when they were alerted of a call involving several men with guns. As they entered the building Officer Venable was shot. He succumbed to his injuries three hours later. The suspects were apprehended. Officer Venable had been with the agency for three years and was survived by his 8-year-old daughter and parents. The assailant is serving a 37 years to life sentence.

Lt. Richard Brooks (Ret.)

02/21/82 - 07/16/04

Retired Lt. Richard Brooks was working as a Town of Babylon Bay Constable when he was shot and killed by a suspect he stopped for driving while intoxicated. Constable Brooks observed the suspect operating a vehicle in an erratic manner on the Robert Moses Causeway. Brooks attempted to stop the suspect, but he fled in his vehicle. After a short pursuit, the suspect pulled into the driveway of his home and fled inside. Constable Brooks called for back-up and exited his patrol car. As he exited, the suspect opened fire with a 12-gauge shotgun from the second floor of his home, striking Brooks in the chest. The suspect then came back outside and got into his vehicle. He ran over Constable Brooks in his attempt to flee and dragged Brooks for aproximately 40 feet. Back-up officers from the New York State Park Police blocked the road with a patrol car, causing the suspect to stop his vehicle. As the officers approached the vehicle, he pointed his shotgun at the officers. The officers fired at the suspect, killing him. Constable Brooks had served as a part-time uniformed Bay Constable one day a week for three years, helping to police the waterways and three beaches in the Town of Babylon. He had previously served for 20 years with the New York City Transit Police Department, and New York City Police Department, retiring at the rank of Lieutenant. He was also an active Lodge #317 member.
Constable Brooks is survived by his wife, son, and daughter.