Name : Ferguson, Keith 

Rank: Sgt.

Shield #: 1221 Command: ESS-7
Date of Death: 2004-01-31   Cause of Death: Heart Attack
     
 A city police officer who hadn't called in sick for 10 years collapsed and died in SoHo January 31, 2004 after running two short blocks in pursuit of an illegal street vendor, police said.

Sgt. Keith Ferguson, 38, who was assigned to an elite NYPD counter terrorism team, was in his truck at Broadway and Lafayette Street at about 2 p.m. when he heard a radio call for help from a foot patrol officer a block away, Police Commissioner Ray Kelly said.

Because the busy street was clogged with traffic, Ferguson, a 17-year veteran said to be in good health, ran west with another officer from his Emergency Services Unit truck to the northeast corner of Broadway and Grand Street, where the officer who called for backup was confronting the vendor, Kelly said.

As Ferguson arrived on the corner with several other officers responding to the call, he collapsed on the trunk of a brown Ford, gasping and clutching his chest, police and witnesses said.

Initially, the officers thought Ferguson had slipped on ice, but when they turned him over, they realized he was having trouble breathing, sources said.

In a frantic attempt to save his life, Ferguson's partners ripped off his flak jacket and gave him mouth-to-mouth resuscitation and chest compressions while racing to St. Vincent's Hospital Center, the sources said.

"Unfortunately, we don't know the cause of Officer Ferguson's death," Kelly said at a news conference at St. Vincent's, where Ferguson was pronounced dead at 2:40 p.m. "He appeared to be in excellent health."


Ferguson was based at ESU Squad 7 at the 75th Precinct in Brooklyn and was part of the elite Hercules team, which scouts terror-prone areas. Yesterday, he was returning from a patrol near Wall Street.

Kelly said he personally phoned Ferguson's father, Vincent Ferguson, of Queens, a 21-year-veteran of the department who retired five years ago from the Midtown South precinct.

Keith Ferguson "was highly respected," Kelly said. "His father told me that he just totally and completely loved the department. He loved the job." An avid swimmer and diver, Ferguson had just returned from a vacation in Australia in the past week.

Ferguson, who lived in Clinton Hill, also is survived by his mother, of Texas.

  
 
     
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Comments from Friends    
     
I met Keith in Oct 03, when he kindly offered to show me around NY whilst I was visiting. This was a highlight of 2 months of travel for me. Keith gave me insight into his incredible job and insight into the life of a NY'er. I was fortunate to spend time with him in Jan 04 during his visit to Australia and saw him relaxed and happily enjoying his time. Keiths love of his family, love of his job and generosity are my precious memories of him. My love goes to his family and work collegues. Rest in peace Keith, you are missed.
— Treena Jackson

Keith, i just found this site after all this time looking. I talked to you almost every day while you were in Austraila. I miss you so much there is not a day that i don't think about you and how great of a man you were. Your parents did a great job and produced a great man. I got your card in the mail 3 weeks after you passed and I was in shock but to whoever found it and mailed it i thank them from the bottom of my heart. I talked to Keith 2 hours before he passed and almost every day before that. He is greatly missed and my prayers are out to his family. I love you I didn't get the chance to tell you in life so I know you hear me now. Rest in peace honey i will be there to meet you next lifetime.
— Christina Monson

I met Keith in September 2003 while working the U.N. Detail. We were helping the State Department guard a foreign dignitary. I am a New Yorker working in a federal agency assigned to a mid-western state and welcomed the return home. Keith and the guys from Truck 7 were great. Keith kept us all laughing and he even offered to look in on my mother-in-law who was living alone in Queens. It was an honor and a privilege to meet and work with Keith Ferguson. I was shocked to see his name on this website. His loss is a blow to all of us in law enforcement. He will be missed, God Bless.
— Tim Carroll

Rest easy Keith. Know that we miss you and think of you often my brother.
— Det Andy Bershad

I had the opportunity to work with Keith when he was an undercover in Manhattan South Narcotics. He was a hard worker and real gentleman to be around. Too nice a guy to pass away so young.
— Det. Louis A. Balestrieri, (retired)
Posted: December 5, 2006, 6:50 pm

rest in peace.
— sjs
Posted: December 27, 2006, 9:04 am

I knew Keith from the academy and narcotics What a great guy--- I was drawn to this site this morning and happened upon Keith ..... God bless the Ferguson family and we will all be in God Glory one day....
— michael zotto
Posted: January 1, 2009, 10:39 am

Nice guy,good sense of humor and a good cop.R.I.P
— rob c
Posted: January 31, 2010, 7:36 am

Good man. RIP my brother. Ret. D/Sgt.
— The "PEG"
Posted: October 30, 2010, 12:01 am

For years l have been looking for keith. last time l saw him it was 1985. lt saddens me a great deal when l found out Keith has passed. I attended linden hall girls school in Pennslyvania and he was my date to my high school prom we started dating until l moved to Houston Texas. He is a wonderful, kind and loving man. I love you Keith and l will always have you in my heart. May your soul rest in peace.
— beatrice white
Posted: November 22, 2010, 7:19 pm

I met Keith in Manattan South Narco and hit it off immedietely with him. I remember riding out to New Jersey with him on our Honda motorcycles. He met my family for the first time but it felt like he knew them for years. He had a way about him that always made you feel like you were family. I truly miss him and can't believe he is gone. Rest in peace my brother.
— Rick Burnham
Posted: January 4, 2011, 2:37 pm

R.I.P
— Rob
Posted: January 31, 2011, 3:41 pm

You are the best son ever! We all miss you very much. Your race now has over 1200 participants. We love you. Mom
— Sonia Cunningham
Posted: April 12, 2013, 11:54 am

As I stood at the start of the race line this year and looked back at the crowds gathering for the start of the race, I felt you smiling down at all of us. There is a special spirit that invades this space each year when we gather to remember you and all the LOVE you gave. That love stays with us all the time. You were not only the best Nephew, but the best brother, son and friend. We miss your smiling face, your infectious laugh and your good counsel because you were wise beyond your years. We thank God for you and the legacy and memories you have left us. love...Flosy (Keith's Aunt) 8/4/2013
— Florence Ferguson
Posted: August 5, 2013, 9:51 am

Sgt Ferguson when the public needs help they call the police, when the police need help they call ESU, I cant even imagine you, you had God call you. You will never be forgotten. Rest in Peace Keth we pray for you.
— Tommy
Posted: January 31, 2014, 4:03 am

Keith ten years ago you left us. Cant believe its been that long seems like yesterday. Im happy to have had the pleasure of working with you and having you as a friend. You will always be remembered for your quick laugh or smile. Rest In Peace Brother
— Vincent LaPenta
Posted: January 31, 2014, 8:30 pm

 


 

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