The heroic NYPD Irish cops who gave their all to keep the city safe


The suspect Eddie Matos was apprehended and sentenced to 25 years to life.
Officer Dwyer had been on the police force for a year and a half and was assigned to Midtown South. He was 23 years old.

Francis Hennessy

Police Officer Francis Hennessy, a 35-year-old Brooklyn cop collapsed while responding to an unfounded report of a man with a gun died of a brain aneurysm.

Francis Hennessy, an Irish national and an NYPD cop for eight years, died at Downstate Medical Center, less than 15 hours after he was hospitalized the previous night when responding to a call of an armed man in the Flatbush section.

A spokesman for the city's medical examiner said the cause of death was a "ruptured brain aneurysm," a genetic condition in which a bulge in a vessel creates intra-cranial pressure upon bursting.

Hennessy, a scooter cop assigned to the 70th Precinct, had 75 arrests in his career.
He became ill after responding with two other cops to a report at 9:30 pm of a man with a gun, collapsing after emerging from a radio patrol car.

Other officers tried to save his life, performing CPR upon him and he was taken to Kings County Hospital before being transferred to Downstate.  He was initially believed to have suffered two separate heart attacks.

An eight-year veteran of the force, Hennessy received three departmental commendations for excellence on duty during his career, police said. He was married with two children. He joined the police force in 1997.      

Joseph McCormack

On September 29, 1983, NYPD Emergency Service Units responded to a call of an emotionally disturbed person armed with a weapon at 1639 Mulford Avenue, Bronx, in the 45th precinct. On arrival at the scene, they were informed by patrol units that a male was barricaded in the residence and armed with a shotgun.

Emergency Service Units secured the area and members took up tactical positions around the house. Negotiations by telephone and bull horn commenced and continued for approximately three and one half hours.

Police Officer Joseph McCormack, Emergency Service Squad 2, had returned to quarters after a court appearance. Learning that the members of the squad were on a "confirmed barricade" assignment in the Bronx, he responded to the job.

McCormack was assigned to a position in the rear yard to provide protective cover for the Hostage Negotiation Team that was at the back door attempting to persuade the individual to surrender. The man exited the rear door onto an elevated porch. The Emotionally Disturbed Person shouldered his weapon and fired at Police Officer McCormack. Officer McCormack was struck by the round and although injured, returned fire at the perpetrator before he, himself, went down. Police Officer DavidSchultheis also returned fire striking the emotionally disturbed man who later was pronounced at a local hospital. This, in effect, ended the incident and prevented anyone else from being injured by the deranged armed EDP. Police Officer Joseph McCormack was rushed by ambulance to a nearby hospital where he was pronounced dead on arrival.

Officer McCormack had been with the NYPD for 15 years. He left behind a wife and three children.