Name : Long, William G. 

Rank: Ptl.

Shield #: 15186 Command: 103 Pct.
Date of Death: 1956-09-02   Cause of Death: Shot Arrest
     
 Patrolman William Long had just completed 2 years of service in the City of New York Police Department on September 1st, 1956. He was looking forward to celebrating that, along with the birthdays of his wife Maureen, and daughter Margaret. This, however, would not be the case. The next night Patrolman Long was working a 12x8 tour on Foot Patrol in the Jamaica Business District.

At approximately 2:30 a.m., while on patrol, Patrolman Long entered a parking garage on 165th Street near Archer Avenue where he encountered a male breaking into parked cars. Patrolman Long attempted to arrest the suspect, when suddenly the male turned, gun in hand and started shooting. Patrolman Long returned fire. Despite being shot in the chest, Patrolman Long staggered out onto the street where he encountered a retired detective and supplied him with information that eventually led to the capture of the shooter. Patrolman Long was removed to Mary Immaculate Hospital where at 6:50 a.m. he died.
  
 
     
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Comments from Friends    
     
I was a 12 yr. old student at St. Pius V school in Jamaica and vividly remember accounts of the shooting in the L.I. Press as well as viewing the scene. His is a name I've never forgotten through life which included 38 yrs in the N.Y.P.D.
— Bob Allen

I was a student in Our Lady of Sorrows school in Corona. For, whatever , reason , I knew had had to walk across the street and pay my respects and thank Ptl. Long. To this day I will never forget him. Ptl. William Long, thank you for making me a " cop ". Rest In Peace.
— Kevin McGuckin

I believe this Police officer was in my class in the police academy 9-1-54. They assigned us to each group by our hight and I believe he was in my group. Retired Lt. Stanley Janovici
— Stanley I Janovici

This year marks the 5oth anniversary of the date on which William G. Long was killed in the line of duty. When he first joined the NYPD he accepted the same risk as each member of the Department. The events that followed proved once again that our Police Officers sometimes make the ultimate sacrifice. Fifty years later I am proud to report that the members of the Department have never forgotten his sacrifice. He remains in his rightful place of honor. For that, I remain forever grateful.
— William Long

rest in peace.
— sjs
Posted: November 24, 2006, 6:12 am

Ptl Long, you may have passed but you will never be forgotten. Rest in Peace William G, you are always in our prayers.
— Tommy
Posted: September 2, 2013, 3:09 am

I just found this great site. I was a rookie sent to the 103 in September of 1966. I had seen your memorial plaque on the SH wall and never met you or learned how you died. May you rest in peace.
— Jim Hogan
Posted: February 20, 2014, 5:50 pm

 


 

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