Name : Graffia, Anthony 

Rank: Ptl.

Shield #: 7452 Command: 106 Pct.
Date of Death: 1968-02-19   Cause of Death: Shot-Robbery
 Officer Graffia was shot and killed while attempting to stop a robbery in progress. He was eating lunch in the rear of a pharmacy when two men entered brandishing revolvers and demanded money. The store owner alerted Officer Graffia to the robbery and when he came out of the back room the suspects opened fire, striking Officer Graffia. Although mortally wounded he was able to return fire but did not strike either suspect. Both men fled but were apprehended two weeks later.

Officer Graffia had been with the NYPD for seven years. He was 31 years old.
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Anthony Graffia served the NYPD for 7 short years. He was a very brave man. He has been missed greatly by his loved ones as well as by his peers.
— seraphina

I Personally had the honor of working with Tony Graffia as a Police Officer in the 9th Precinct, Manhattan in the early 1960's. Tony was a cop's cop, an honor to the profession. God bless him and his family. Bill Petraglia Sr.- Retired Det.2nd Grade

Recently I was Inspired to become a police officer, after hearing in detail of how my uncle passed away. Since his badge number was retired, I am hoping the NYPD will reissue his badge (7452) to me when I enter the police force. If you know my uncle Anthony Graffia or have any information about him please contact me at the below email address. Thank you.

rest in peace.
— sjs
Posted: November 3, 2006, 10:34 am

Rest in Peace........Your always in our prayers.
— Steven Anthony Wood
Posted: August 17, 2009, 11:01 pm

there isn't a day that goes bye that i dont think of you,and thank you for who you were.wish i got to know you better.i love you dad
— philip graffia
Posted: October 16, 2009, 8:24 pm

Dad, they had a memorial for you and your fellow police officers who died in the line of duty at the 107th precinct on Thursday October 15, 2009. They built a wall for all of you and let us be the first to see it. It was really beautiful. It was a great thing to learn that you really will never be forgotten. We still think of you everyday. Wish I got to know you better we would have had such a beautiful father/daughter relationship. I love and will always miss you. Your daughter always in my heart, Lorraine.
— seraphina
Posted: October 17, 2009, 7:06 pm

I was a twelve year old boy living in South Ozone Park that day in 1968. I was on a errand to go to the pharmacy when i arrived there was a man standing in the doorway. I slipped past him and entered the store where Officer Graffia lay mortllay wounded in front of me. It shocked me to see such a thing at such a young age. I followed the case in the media,newspaper etc. I am sure the experience helped keep this Irish kid on the strieght and narrow througout my life. RIP
— Robert
Posted: June 3, 2011, 6:32 pm

I learned about Anthony when I was a rookie. The store changed a few times, but I always thought of him when I drove by on patrol. God Bless Anthony and his family.
— Joe DiPiano
Posted: February 17, 2012, 6:06 pm

Me and my siblings grew up with Police Officer Graffias children,during a portion of our childhood. I remember them talking of their dad.I comment to Phillip,Anthony,Lorraine and all who loved him. Myself and my brother Robert went on to have successful careers in the NYPD. and anytime I past the memorial wall at Headquarters I said a little prayer as I felt some attachment to dad through you guys. Chris & Robert Retired NYPD.
— Christopher Raiola
Posted: August 18, 2012, 12:03 pm

I didn't know "Uncle" Tony, who was my brother's Godfather because I was 4 when this happened. Just wanted his family to know he is STILL in our hearts.
— Madeline Orio
Posted: September 24, 2013, 6:14 pm

My father, Joseph Orio, knew "Tony" very well, and were each other's Best Man. If any family members would like to contact him, please e-mail me @ Your e-mail addresses are not displayed on this page publicly.
— madeline Orio
Posted: September 24, 2013, 6:22 pm

I was an 11 year old boy living in brooklyn when my parents Josie and Sonny got the call that cousin Anthony was shot and killed in the line of duty.the whole family was shocked. You never think it can happen to one of your own. I was a young boy but I remember cousin Anthony with that big smile.i grew up with Mark Graffia Pete and Anna's son. We see each other often. RIP cousin Anthony. Charlie Panattieri
— Charlie Panattieri
Posted: September 27, 2013, 8:34 pm

I was only 5 yrs old when my Uncle Anthony was killed, but we share the same birthday, so I always feel close to him in spirit every day of my life. I'm thankful that I had an Uncle that put his life on the line for others. I love you, Uncle Anthony. Miss you daily.
— Mgraffia
Posted: December 11, 2013, 8:57 pm

Ptl Graffia, you were taken from your family, NYC, and the NYPD. You will never be forgotten. Rest in Peace Anthony we pray for you.
— Tommy
Posted: February 19, 2014, 3:46 pm

Dad, I write this on the 46th anniversary of your passing. That day will always be remembered as the day that two bottom dwellers changed the course of our lives for a few dollars in a cash register. There are times that I think about your selfless act of protecting a stranger from becoming a victim and I am proud of you for the honor and loyalty you brought to your badge and position in the community. But at the same time I am saddened and angry that we did not get to share our lives with you, angry that it was stolen from us, angry that you never got to really know us as children, young adults and mature individuals. I am angry you did get the chance to walk your daughter down the aisle on her wedding day. I am sad that you never had the chance to meet your 7 grandchildren and share in the shaping of their lives. I am sad that you were not able to go to their little league games, music recitals, or graduations. I am sad that you didn't get a chance to hold them in your arms and be a grandpa. I want you to know that our children have been told the stories and have met you in photographs. They know from us the man you were and they have become outstanding young men and one beautiful young lady. I know that you are with us everyday watching over us and protecting us, however it is not the same as you being here with us. On February 19, 1968 a family's life changed forever. I often wonder how different life might have been if you had picked a different place for a dinner break or those criminals had passed on that store. Our family sacrificed a lot for the citizens of New York, I only hope that it appreciated. We are proud to be your family. We have never forgotten you and you will never be forgotten. You have been memorialized in our hearts and homes.
— Anthony J Graffia, Jr
Posted: April 5, 2014, 9:09 am

I came on the job on February 9. 1968. Officer Graffia was the first officer killed in the line of duty I experienced. His was also the first Line of Duty funeral I attended and the sight of all those officers who came to honor him had a lasting affect on me. It showed me that the Department is really a group of men and women who are a single bond. My father was proud of the fact that I became a poice officer but the death of officer Graffia hit him hard also when he realized that it really is a dangerous occupation. I spent 23 years on the job and it was the greatest occupation in the world. No one has the opportunity to help the public more than a police officer at the very time of need. Nothing is more rewarding than to have someone come up to you and sincerely say "Thank You" for helping them. It's worth more than all the medals. Officer Graffia is at God's side and I am sure He is watching over his family.
— Will
Posted: June 23, 2014, 11:14 pm

Anthony we continue to pray for you. Rest in Peace.
— Tommy
Posted: February 14, 2015, 8:26 am



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