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Name : Brosnan, Jeremiah C. 

Rank: Ptl.

Shield #: 779 Command: 024 Pct.
Date of Death: 1928-09-13   Cause of Death: Shot by perpetrator
     
 On September 11, 1928, Ptl. Jeremiah C. Brosnan shield 779, 24th Pct., (now 52nd Pct.) returned from his annual vacation, and on the next night September 13, 1928 at 12.01 a.m. he returned to duty to perform his usual tour at Fordham Hospital in the Bronx.

His post was the same one which he had manned for the past seven years, the prison ward in the basement of the hospital. That night there was only one patient in the prison ward a bedridden prisoner who had a broken leg and broken arm. At about 3.00 a.m., while Brosnan and a hospital orderly were seated in an anteroom by the prison and emergency rooms, three men entered the emergency room stating that one of them needed treatment. The hospital orderly told the men to sit down and he would get a doctor.

As soon as the orderly left the room, one of the men pulled out a sawed-off shotgun and fired one shot at Brosnan. He was killed instantly by the charge of buckshot, which hit him in the head ripping away his jaw. Hearing the shot the orderly ran back into the emergency room and saw the men running from the room through the ambulance entrance to the street. No attempt had been made to enter the prison ward.

The orderly ran outside, hailed a passing taxicab and gave chase to escaping murderers but they were able to escape in their car when the taxicab broke down. The first thought of the detectives working on the case was that this was a revenge killing. This was discarded when a close check-up of Brosnan disclosed that he had not made an arrest in 20 years and was noted for his kindliness and gentle ways. He was 53 years old, had been appointed to the NYPD in 1904, and lived with his wife and had seven grown children.

While no immediate arrest was made, investigation disclosed that the driver of the get-away car had been Enrico Battaglia, a known gangster with a long record. A wanted notice and Battaglia?s photo was distributed through out the police department.

The suspect was shot and killed 3 years later in a shootout in Manhattan where Detective Guido J. Pessagano was also killed.
  
 
     
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Comments from Friends    
     
Patrolman Jeremiah Brosnan is my great grandfather and would like to receive more information for family history
— Robert F. Carey

Jerimiah Brosnan is my great grandfather. I am the grandson of Neil Brosnan and the son of Marguerite (Brosnan)Brown I would like to thank NYPD Angels for providing this information which I have now passed on to Conner Brown his Great- Great Grand Daughter.
— James Brown

My father, Joseph Brosnan is the grandson of Jeremiah. My parents, Maria and Joseph, myself and younger sister Jennifer moved to California in 1979.
— Dawn Brosnan

Jeremiah C. Brosnan is my great grand-uncle and would like to receive more information from family members. Retired NYPD
— Walter Brosnan
Posted: November 12, 2006, 1:31 pm

rest in peace.
— sjs
Posted: December 8, 2006, 11:02 am

rest in peace.
— sjs
Posted: December 8, 2006, 11:02 am

Rest in peace Jeremiah, while I am not rleated I carry a proud name in the NYPD. Thank you, Patrolman Brosnan
— P.O. John G. Brosnan
Posted: January 29, 2007, 5:34 pm

Well done good and faithful servant? RIP
— chris K
Posted: March 14, 2007, 8:51 pm

God Bless Give him the light of heaven
— Jeriminh A Brosnan
Posted: March 26, 2010, 11:09 am

Jeremiah Brosnan was my grandfather. My father was Daniel M. Brosnan. I thank the NYPD for keeping his memory alive. Any family member, please contact me.
— Ellen Brosnan Durstin
Posted: April 28, 2010, 2:53 pm

Jeremiah was my great, great grandfather. I am the great granddaughter of Cornelius I. Brosnan, granddaughter of Cornelius G. Brosnan and daughter of Cornelius J. Brosnan. If anyone has any details about Jeremiah, Bridget or of their son Cornelius (Neil) I'd love to hear them.
— Sarah Brosnan
Posted: April 9, 2011, 2:25 pm

Ptl Bronsan, you are always in our thoughts and prayers. You will never be forgotten. Rest in Peace Jeremiah C.
— Tommy
Posted: September 13, 2013, 10:52 am

Jeremiah you will never be forgotten. Rest in Peace.
— Tommy
Posted: September 11, 2014, 6:10 am

 


 

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