Name : Gillespie, Kevin 

Rank: P.O.

Shield #: 4503 Command: Street Crime Unit
Date of Death: 1996-03-14   Cause of Death: Shot Investigation
     
 Officer Gillespie was shot and killed by a man he had just pulled over. Officer Gillespie and his partner, members of the City Wide Street Crime Unit , had stopped a BMW which had been car-jacked earlier in the evening. As the two were approaching the vehicle, the men inside opened fire. One bullet struck Officer Gillespie in the shoulder, above his vest. The bullet went straight down his torso striking many organs. He died an hour later at nearby St. Barnabas Hospital. Officer Gillespie's partner thought that he had dove for cover and pursued the suspects in a running gun battle down the Grand Concourse. One suspect was shot five times and the other was arrested at the scene. The suspect committed suicide in jail by hanging himself.

Officer Gillespie was killed a few days before his 34th birthday. Ten thousand police officers attended Officer Gillespie?s funeral; afterwards, the young father of two sons, a Marine veteran of the Gulf War, was given a proper hero?s burial in a military cemetery on Long Island.
  
 
     
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I had the Honor of working with kevin personally in Street Crime and consider myself lucky for that. I think about you often and miss you buddy......
— Joe Maginnis

Not a day goes by when your Street Crime brothers dont think of you and pray for you and your family.We share in the loss and the sacrifice.God Bless You Brother,until we meet again.WE OWN THE NIGHT!!!
— Patrick White

I worked with Kevin in PSA 2. He and I worked the 1st platoon. Kevin never walked away from you without saying "Be Safe." Kevin was always active and in the mix, he just loved being a cop. He is what the word says, HERO.
— Sgt. Ralph Sarchie (Ret)

You will always be remembered Kevin. Thank you for all the memories, laughs, and great conversations. It was a pleasure to have known you and worked Street Crime with you. Your friend, Brian
— Brian Parr

Kevin was a great person to work with.... I worked with Kevin for a few years while at the Street Crime Unit and he knew me from working at the 75 Pct while he worked in Housing. Kevin will always be in my heart and everyone who ever worked with him....
— Vinne DeQueiroz

10 years is coming soon I Hope we will all take some time and Pray for our Fallen Brother and the Family he left behind.
— john

I was young 24 years old, I worked with Kevin Gillespe in PSA 2. I worked on the Housing Sweep Team and Anti Crime (plain clothes)with him. He was a true gentleman, great partner and a truely great cop. I miss him. I wish I can hug him and say thank you for always being there. God Bless you brother.
— Retired Det. Andre Malave

Kevin was in my Academy class and was in the sister company of mine. Our companies spent a great deal of time together and kevin was a great person to spend time with. Rest in peace Kevin you are missed. Andrew Blethen
— Andrew Blethen

Kevin, I guess the Lord needed a Marine to guard Heaven's Gate. Semper Fi my friend and thanks for Keeping The Faith. The world is a less sunny a place without your smile and less fun to be here. I'm a better person for knowing you and serving with you. May the seas be calm and the winds at your back with the sunrise as spectacular as always. Rest in Peace.
— Jack Dineen

I could never wish for a greater brother. Your sons are both growing to be fine men and I am sure you are proud of them. You will forever be in our hearts. Till we meet again. Love, your brother Patrick
— Patrick Bahnken

Its been 10 years Kevin. Everyday I still think of our last conversation. I draw a smile yet shed a tear at the same time. As you know, your SCU family joined together on the very day this past March. Your boys have grown into fine young men. Many of us have retired and others have moved on. In time, we will all be together again Kevin, in a new calm, and able to leave the "hot lunch" behind. Always thinking of you! Brian
— Brian Parr

rest in peace.
— sjs
Posted: November 6, 2006, 9:17 am

I REMEMBER KEVIN WHILE WE BOTH ATTENDED THE ACADEMY TOGETHER ABOUT 19 YEARS AGO. HE WAS A GREAT PERSON THERE AND HE WAS A GREAT COP WHILE I WAS ASSIGNED AT THE 75 PCT. KEVIN WAS ASSIGNED TO PSA-2 AND ALWAYS HAD A SMILE ON HIS FACE AS WELL AS THE JOKES THAT HE CRACKED WITH THE FELLAS. HE WILL ALWAYS BE MISSED BY EVERYONE WHO CAME ACROSS HIM. MAY GOD BLESS HIM AND HIS FAMILY AND MAY GOD KEEP HIM IN THE LORDS ARMS.
— DET. MIGUEL LOPEZ FORMERLY 75PCT/ ASSIGNED 32 SQUAD
Posted: August 15, 2007, 3:05 pm

Although time passes us by there is never a day that I can forget that night that God called on you. I carry the breast pin in my wallet bearing your name. You were a great friend - great officer - great family man. Love you my brother & someday in time God will reunite us all.
— Det Jose Castellanos
Posted: September 15, 2007, 1:15 pm

Twelve years this month. I pray that Patty and the boys are all doing well. God Bless you. Semper Fi. Your Friend Mark McCormack 75Pct.
— Mark McCormack
Posted: March 5, 2008, 7:39 am

You are gone 12 years but as long as a Street Crime brother/sister is alive you will never be forgotten. I remember that night, and know the coward who took your life looks up at you in Heaven for all time. He has to know that the company you keep is that of the greatest courage and love of Law Officers who gave their life for us all. You are missed and loved.
— Sgt. Vincent Benvenuto (ret)
Posted: March 14, 2008, 11:59 am

Remembering you today
— JMD
Posted: March 14, 2008, 3:52 pm

Everybody in Street Crime became a better person just by knowing Kevin. He touched each and every one of us with his kind smile and soft spoken style. God Bless.
— Mike Cummings
Posted: July 15, 2008, 12:48 pm

Remebering you today, the day before the Street Crime Unit Reunion. A great cop needed to to higher duty with God.
— Richard Ficken
Posted: September 15, 2008, 11:51 am

GOD BLESS AND FOREVER WATCH OVER YOUR BOYS,REST NI PEACE MY BROTHER.WAYNE MORAN ret
— wayne moran
Posted: November 3, 2008, 9:48 am

Rest In Peace Kev.
— Det. Gillespie
Posted: January 18, 2009, 12:10 pm

I was in Kevin's sister company in the academy. I still remember his booming voice when he led us in the run. He carried himself like the true Marine that he was. I still remember the last time I ran into Kevin, sadly it was at Ray Cannon's funeral. He told me the he had gotten into SCU and he seemed very happy about that. I congratulated him and we parted ways. This hit me very hard when I stood at attention at Kevin's funeral and watched as the Hearse drove by me and then I caught a glimse of his children as they drove past me in the limo.I still remember that moment like iT was yesterday. I eventually did get into Street Crime and I can say that I wore that patch with pride, knowing I would keep Kevin's legacy alive by representing one of the most legendary units in the department's history. May god bless you and watch over your family and loved ones. Det Rafael Ramos SCU/QGS
— Det Rafael Ramos
Posted: December 8, 2009, 1:39 am

I never knew kevin,but everyone i worked with in SCU only had good words for him. R.I.P
— rob c
Posted: March 14, 2010, 1:11 am

I work at psa 2 now, and never knew Kevin. God bless him and his family
— Bryan B
Posted: March 14, 2010, 11:18 pm

I had the good fortune to become good friends with Ron Licciardi who now carries Kevins badge number 4503.I never met Kevin but im sure he was great human being and a great husband and father.God bless Kevin.
— robert epstein
Posted: March 30, 2010, 9:26 pm

I was assigned to the Street Crime Unit less then a year after his death. I did not know Kevin, yet I can tell you that he was one of the best. Not everyone that wears a gun and a badge shares the commitment, courage and honor that goes with being a true cop. I salute Kevin and I honor him by carrying on the traditions of a true cop. God Bless. Det. Ron Castro SCU/DBM
— ron castro
Posted: May 22, 2010, 11:33 pm

I never knew PO Kevin Gillespie. But I know his nephew Ryan. Ryan is my son-in-law. On Monday, Dec. 27 2010 Ryan will be graduating with his class from the NYPD Police Academy. On his chest will be pinned his uncle Kevin's shield #4503. Ryan is aware of his legacy and the big shoes that he must fill. He is a fine young man who is more than up to the task and all the challenges that await him as a New York City Police Officer. Rest in peace Kevin Gillespie and sleep well New York, Shield #4503 is back on patrol.
— NYS Court Off. Capt. Rick Rosenfeld
Posted: December 24, 2010, 7:40 pm

I remember hearing the shots from the front of the 46 Pct and racing to the scene , I didnt know Kevin but the memories are with me forever.. RIP
— JIMMY
Posted: February 3, 2011, 4:12 pm

Hard to believe it's been 15 years since we lost you. Rest in peace, Kevin.
— Bob Castioni
Posted: March 14, 2011, 6:35 pm

God Bless Kevin, forever in our prayers and thoughts.
— Sean C.
Posted: March 14, 2011, 7:51 pm

I miss my brother every single day. It doesn't seem posible that it has been 15 years already. Kevin was a wonderful police officer and a very loving, kind person. I know that our family has a very special angel looking after us. I will love you forever.
— Donna Glasser
Posted: March 14, 2011, 9:58 pm

Kevin talked the talk and always walked the walk. He will always be remembered as a great cop but most importantly as a great Father,Husband,Son and Friend. Thanks for the fond memories and may God continue to bless Patty and the Kids.
— Gerry Ferrara
Posted: April 27, 2011, 3:02 am

I will always remember walking through the door at PSA 2 for my midnight tour & seeing somber faces and being told Kev was shot up in the Bronx. I felt anger, rage & fear & the reality of the danger we faced hit home. I remember going home later that night and sitting & crying with my wife. You were a true friend to all that knew you & my wife remembers that you would check on her & my newborn daughter because you knew she was a young mother living in a new area. There are many great stories of the good deeds you would do for others not for recognition & praise BUT just because you thought they were the right things to do. May you Rest In Peace Our loss was heavens gain.
— Ret Det Anthony Sampogna
Posted: April 30, 2011, 2:54 pm

It all seems like yesterday my friend, it's hard to believe that 16 years have passed since that night. You have never be forgotten my brother. Your sacrifice will never be forgotten and your heroism remains an inspiration to us all. Ooh Rah!! Semper Fi Kev
— Carlo Fargnoli
Posted: March 14, 2012, 1:46 pm

Kevin and I were in a Class together in college.....he was a great guy.....We both became cops around the same time...I worked in Manhattan....Was one of the hardest funerals Ive ever been to ....never forget you my brother!! GOD BLESS
— Brian Carter
Posted: April 23, 2012, 9:03 pm

I had the honor and privilege of working with Kevin and the other great cops of the Street Crime Unit.It was a close knit unit.Most of us from that time period are either retired or in other units but one thing is for sure.Kevin is in our thoughts and prayers.God bless to Kevin and his family.
— Tom Flynn
Posted: September 3, 2012, 8:39 pm

They say you can judge a person b y the friends he has , i can see the world lost a great man and heaven got an outstanding Angel . Rest in Peace
— Tommy
Posted: March 14, 2013, 6:41 am

I knew Kevin was a special person before he was a cop. I workout with him in our gym in farmingdale. I remember him telling he was becoming a police officer in NYC. I WAS A COP FOR 7 YEARS IN 75pct and 24pct then OCCB BROOKLYN NORTH and then tranfered to FDNY, I remember the day kevin told me he was becoming the cop, he was so happy. Then I remember where I was when I heard a cop get shot from street crime unit and For moment I prayed it was'nt somebody I knew.Then I heard it was kevin, My Heart was broken and will never be the same. I was so honored to have known Kevin, Love ya brother. RIP Darren Skelly FDNY/NYCPD
— Darren Skelly
Posted: July 12, 2013, 2:41 pm

I didnt know the officer at all but I was there when it happened I held the door for the shooter ad he walked in to the store where it all took place the perp had a crazy look in his eye I felt bad vibes and something told me to leave the store,mind you I hung out at the store because it had video games and it was a safe zone as it is right by a church but it turned into a war zone in seconds I looked at the BMW as it pulled up and seen the guys step out like gangsters eyeballing everyone its a shame a good officer had to pay for a stolen vehicle with his life
— Joy Aviles
Posted: March 3, 2014, 1:44 pm

Kevin we continue to pray for you. You will never be forgotten. Rest in Peace.
— Tommy
Posted: March 14, 2014, 2:44 am

Once upon a time I was. 75 pct Cop. PSA2 & 075 had many battles together and wonderful time. One of my dearest friends wa a PSA2 Vinny B. Thought my career I never forget the family we lost through the yrs. This bumper sticker was pinned by desk through out my career. Now it is up in my garage with others to never forget and tell others that pass through my house of what a great person Gillespie and the others were. RIP brother. Be well everyone
— Ret Det Roxie Lugo
Posted: March 22, 2014, 11:19 am

Kev, 18 years pal and you have not been forgotten! SCU forever!
— Brian Parr
Posted: June 26, 2014, 1:39 pm

 


 

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