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Name : Fallon, Luke J. 

Rank: Det.

Shield #: 489 Command: 070 Detective Squad
Date of Death: 1962-05-18   Cause of Death: Shot-Robbery
 Detective Fallon and Detective John Finnegan were shot and killed in a gun battle with bandits caught in the act of robbing a tobacco and confectionary shop in Brooklyn's Boro Park section. Both men were gunned down in a vicious exchange of shots with the robbers. Five suspects, the two in the store and the driver of the getaway car, plus two accessories, were rounded up within five days. One was picked up in Chicago, another in Connecticut, two in New York and the fifth surrendered to The New York Daily News.

The detectives were on patrol when they learned of the robbery. As they entered the store, both men were met by a hail of fire. They returned the fire as they fell, mortally wounded.

Detective Fallon was 55 years old and had been with the NYPD for 26 years.
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Comments from Friends    
I worked as a P.O. in the 70 from 1957 to 1966. My recollection of Luke is a guy who like peoplewas always accessable and helpful to young cops. He usually had a smile on his face and something funny to say. In addition he was a good,thorough Det. He was a perfect partner for a young energetic John Finnegan. They made a great team.
— Tom Mullin

rest in peace.
— sjs
Posted: November 3, 2006, 10:32 am

my father,john gillen nypd detective worked on there killings ,i was 12 years old at the time .ive never forgotten these two fine detectives .
— mike gillen
Posted: April 26, 2007, 5:37 pm

This man was my grandfather's partner. If he knew my grandfather he must have been a kind person as well. Unfortunately for the both of them their lives ended earlier than they should've. Then again many other lives could've been lost if it wasn't for them. Rest in peace.
— Catherine Finnegan
Posted: May 14, 2007, 10:46 am

i'm 12 years oldwe just moved in to the neiberhood when i pointed out to my dad, a sign on a old house, in memory of these 2 officers. my dad gave me a assignment to try and find out what happand. REST IN PEACE, your both HGERO'S
— Tucker Thomas
Posted: November 8, 2007, 9:15 am

I did not know Det. Fallon, but everyday when I walked up to my office, the 70 Squad, I would pass the picture of him on the wall so I feel as though I got to know him. He is a true NY Hero...The 70 Pct. honored both of the Detective several years ago so they will NEVER forget.
— Bob Burns
Posted: February 23, 2009, 9:45 am

I was in the US Army in 1962 in Karsule Germany, I read the Stars & Stripes newspaper about the incident on Memorial Day weekend 1962. In Later years I became a Police officer and assignied to the 66 Pct, where the incident happen, spent 20 years at that command, and had visitied the tobacco store. May they rest in pease.
— Michael Kelly
Posted: April 10, 2009, 12:12 pm

Another roll call two (2) Dets not present. May they rest in peace. May 18 1962--May 18 2010.
— Retired PO Michael Kelly 66 Pct
Posted: May 18, 2010, 6:11 pm

Det Fallon you died a Hero you may have passed but you will never be forgotten. Rest in Peace Luke
— Tommy
Posted: May 18, 2013, 6:11 am

Another roll call. Not present. RIP
— Mike Kelly
Posted: May 18, 2013, 5:19 pm

Luke we continue to pray for you. Rest in Peace.
— Tommy
Posted: May 18, 2014, 7:47 am

Another Roll Call. Not Present. R I P (5 2) Ret PO Mike Kelly (66) Pct
— Mike Kelly
Posted: May 18, 2014, 5:10 pm

Luke we continue to pray for you. Rest in Peace
— Tommy
Posted: May 7, 2015, 6:31 am

Another Roll Call not present. RIP. Ret.PO (66 Pct)
— Mike Kelly
Posted: May 18, 2015, 11:20 am



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