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Name : Fitzpatrick, Phillip 

Rank: Ptl.

Shield #: 15348 Command: Mounted Sqd 1
Date of Death: 1947-05-26   Cause of Death: Shot-Robbery
 Patrolman Fitzpatrick was shot and killed while responding to a robbery.  
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Philip Fitzpatrick wrote a song about his return to his Native County Leitrim, Ireland in a dream! That song has become one the the most famous of Irish songs yet most people do not know who the Author was. Lovely Leitrim This song was written by Phil Fitzpatrick, who was born in Aughavas in 1892. Phil emigrated to America in the early 30's, became a policeman and was tagically killed during a robbery in 1947. 1.Last night I had a pleasant dream. I woke up with a smile. I dreamed that I was back again in dear old Erin's Isle. I thought I saw Lough Allen's banks in the valley down below. It was my lovely Leitrim, where the Shannon waters flow. 2. I felt enchanted by the scene of grandeur and delight, so I strolled on to Carrick Town before the dark of night, I passed Sheemore, that fairy hill, where flowers fine do grow, and I saw the grave of Finn MacCool where the Shannon waters flow. 3. I next did visit Fenagh town, wiht her ancient Abbey walls, where the teaching of the holy monks once echoed thro' her halls. I stood with reverence on the spot, reluctant for to go, from the town of Saints and Sages where the Shannon waters flow. 4. My eyes are dimmed and wet with tears - I must be dreaming still. I thought I saw those heroes who died on Selton Hill, but the fog i lifting from the scene, and I am forced to go, and leave the land so fair and grand where the Shannon waters flow. 5. In all the lands that I have been, throughout the East and West, in all the lands that I have been, I love my own the best. And if ever I return again the first place I will go, will be to lovely Leitrim, where the Shannon waters flow.
— Raymond P. McGowan

rest in peace.
— sjs
Posted: November 24, 2006, 6:37 am

I am writing on behalf of Philip Fitzpatricks grand nephew, also Philip Fitzpatrick. He has been searching for information on his grand uncle and would appreciate any help you can give him. Thanking you in advance, Marian Egan
— marian egan
Posted: January 10, 2007, 3:11 pm

I am presently writing a biography of Irish men and wemon, County by County,with as many portraits of the people as possiable. If you have a photo or newspaper picture or any type of image of Phillip Fitzpatrick, I would much apriciate a copy.I have an artist employed on my project who will, then make a portrait drawing for inclussion in my biography. Which by the way, I`m calling THEY MADE A DIFFERANCE, due for completion,DEC 2008.with thanks Seamus Moran
— seamus moran
Posted: February 26, 2008, 3:02 pm

rest in peace
— danny
Posted: October 18, 2008, 10:30 am

Phil Fitzpatrick was my great great uncle. His story and legend lives on with his family. Lovely Leitrim is proudly sung whenever we are all together! His memories shared thru the lyrics of his song keep him alive in all of us!
— Kerry
Posted: March 3, 2011, 8:58 pm

its a pity phil never got to return, rip as great a song will never be written about our home county again!
— conor judge
Posted: May 17, 2012, 7:49 am

Great song and lovely area - Larry Cunningham did not include the verse which has 'Selton Hill'. Was this in original song.
— Gerry McDonald
Posted: October 4, 2012, 12:23 pm

This was my grandfather father. Love the stories. I hope to visit Ireland & hear more stories.
— Erick
Posted: November 22, 2012, 12:03 am

Phil Fitzpatrick was my great-grandfathers cousin. I heard the story of him from my great aunt. Its funny to see all these people that are related to me through Phil.
— Tim
Posted: January 2, 2013, 12:47 pm

Ptl Fitzpatrick you may have passed but you will never be forgotten. Rest in Peace Phillip
— Tommy
Posted: May 26, 2013, 6:10 am

A brave police officer and son of Erin R.I.P.
— Frank Gildea
Posted: September 23, 2013, 7:20 pm

Phil Fitz, is my Great GrandFather and a brave man who risked his life for the safety of other , i am following in his footsteps my name is Brian Phillip Fitzpatrick R.I.P
— Brian Phillip Fitzpatrick
Posted: November 14, 2013, 8:45 pm

Phillip we,continue to pray for you. Rest in Peace.
— Tommy
Posted: May 27, 2014, 4:32 am

Truly a great song about a very beautiful place.
— Sean Curtain
Posted: June 12, 2014, 8:45 pm

Ptl Fitzpatrick while off duty in civilian clothes, with Ptl George H. Dammeyer, Shield 3823, Mounted Squadron 1, in premises at 1708 3rd Avenue, Manhattan, observed two men enter the premises, one of whom drew a revolver, ordered all persons therein to the rear and announced that it was a holdup. Ptl Fitzpatrick grappled with the armed man who opened fire wounding the officer in the stomach. Ptl Dammeyer immediately opened fire and after an exchange of shots mortally wounded the two bandits. The deceased bandits, who had criminal records, had committed another armed robbery a short time previously. Authority: Medal Day Ceremony Program The Posthumous Award of the Medal of Honor was presented to his widow, Mary, by Mayor William ODwyer and Police Commissioner Arthur W. Wallender, at the Annual Medal Day Ceremony held at City Hall Plaza on May 25, 1948. NOTE: Ptl Dammeyer received a Combat Cross at the same ceremony.
— Will
Posted: July 18, 2014, 9:27 pm

Uncle Phil was my fathers brother.I have much information about him and his poetry for anyone who is interested.
— jim fitzpatrick
Posted: February 8, 2015, 4:27 pm

Phillip we continue to pray for you. Rest in Peace.
— Tommy
Posted: May 19, 2015, 6:16 am

I love lovely leitrim ! It's a great song! When I found out it was written by a fellow Irishman and brother in Blue I was excited ! I love the verse about Delton hill which was omitted . now when I song it I include that special verse ! Ret P.o. Mortimer Keane NYPD/Bolton PD
— Mortimer Keane
Posted: October 30, 2016, 9:23 pm

My grandfather was Ptl. James J. (Patty) Walsh (ESS #10) and he had in his possession a policeman's notebook with the name Dammeyer 3823 on the cover. Beneath it was the signature of George H. Dammeyer. I searched his name and this was the first hit. I read with awe the report about him and P.O. Phillip Fitzpatrick, may he live in our memories forever.
— Thomas Padilla
Posted: January 25, 2018, 1:33 pm



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