Name : Byrne, Edward R. 

Rank: P.O.

Shield #: 14072 Command: 103 Pct.
Date of Death: 1988-02-26   Cause of Death: Shot-Assassination-Guarding Witness
     
 Early in 1988, New York City, like many other cities was in the midst of a drug war that seemed out of control. Civilians who stood in the way of drug dealers were verbally threatened, physically attacked or even killed. There seemed no way to unite the public and police and reverse this drug problem. This would all change on February 26tth, 1988.

In the early morning hours Rookie Police Officer Edward Byrne, newly assigned to the 103rd Precinct, was sitting in an RMP on the corner of 107th Avenue and Inwood Street. He was there guarding the house of a family who had defied the drug dealers and agreed to testify against them. At approximately 3:30 a.m., four armed men crept up on both sides of Officer Byrne's RMP. One of the suspects knocked on the passenger window to distract him as the second suspect ran up to the driver's side window. Without uttering a word, he opened fire into the car striking Officer Byrne in the head 5 times. Two additional suspects served as lookouts. All 4 men fled the scene, but 6 days later were captured and eventually sentenced to 25 years to life. The four suspects were members of a gang who were instructed to kill a police officer. Prosecutors have charged that the officer's execution was ordered by jailed drug kingpin Howard Mason.

Officer Byrne was rushed to Mary Immaculate Hospital where he died of his wounds. He was 22 years old.

This cowardly and brazen criminal act was the catalyst that united the Police Department and communities to work together and find a solution to the drug problem. As a result of Officer Byrne's death, units such as TNT (Tactical Narcotics Team) and S.N.E.U. (Street Narcotics Enforcement Unit) were created along with the expansion of other Narcotics Units, some of which are still in existence today.

In honor of Police Office Edward Byrne, 91st Avenue was renamed "P.O. Edward R. Byrne Avenue."
  
 
     
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TO THIS DAY EVERY TIME I READ THIS STORY THE TEARS FLOW. I JOINED THE 103 IN 1988 AND IT IS A SHAME THESE THINGS TAKE PLACE. THESE MEN AND WOMEN GET UP EVERY DAY HOPING THE DAY WILL GO SMOOTH AND THEN.......A NEW LAW SHOULD BE GIVEN TO PERSONS WHO KILL PO'S.. THE DEATH PENALTY FORTHWITH AND 20 YEARS FOR ASSAULT. R.I.P PO EDWARD R. BYRNE
— APO WALTERS

Before Eddie was transferred to the 103 pct he was assigned to FTU-3 in Midtown South. Eddie responded to my post when I as a rookie had a young women approach me stating that see was just punched in the face by a male that see pointed out to me. I wasn't sure what I had but the next thing I saw was Eddie at my post to assist me. This was my first arrest. Eddie showed me how to process an arrest, helping me every step of the way. I will never forget what a great guy Eddie was. Soon after our field training was over, we as a unit took Eddie out to celebrate his 22 birthday as well as his transfer to the 103 Pct. Everyone was sad to see him go. Eddie was the type of guy that you couldn't help but love. He was an excellent Police Officer with a tremendous heart and wonderful sense of humor. I will never forget the ride into work when myself along with my two car pool buddies heard the news on 1010 wins. No words could explain what we felt. I remember on graduation day from the Police Academy we were told before the ceremony that the next time we would wear our dress uniform would be at a police officers funeral, they never said that it would be so soon. To this day I PROUDLY wear Eddie's memorial pin over my shield. May God hold Eddie in the palm of his hands. Rest in peace my friend.
— PO DONALD CATANZARO

I feel a sadness for those of us in society who measure themselves by the amount of money they have, or the exotic places they have been. When it is all over we can measure ourselves not by these things but rather by, how we treated our fellow man, how we took care of our families, and who we chose to spend our time with and call "friend". Measuring ourselves by this last gauge especially, I, while not financially rich, am rich nevertheless. I have called Eddie Byrne my best friend since we attended elementary school at Eastplain, since junior high and high school. We were two people who knew what the other was going to say before he said it, who could laugh until we couldn't breathe. It has been a long 16 years my friend,when Kenny told me, I couldn't stand up, I think of you everyday, when I wake up and before I go to bed. I think, of all the incredible times we had together, and the times that were taken away. I could always count on the sun rising, and you calling. Thankyou for being my friend for so long, and although I know you are still here, I miss you terribly, until we meet again, YOUR FRIEND POOCH
— Robert Pucciarelli

GOD BLESS , I AM AN OFFICER IN THE QUEENS NORTH TASK FORCE,14 YRS , EDDIE CAME TO MIND AND JUST WANTED TO PAY MY RESPECTS. GOD BLESS.
— THOMAS BYRNE

Even though I never I never met Edward Byrne, I was only 2 years old when that incident happened, I was outraged that a bunch gang members came up to the officer and shot him in the head a few times.
— James O'Brien

I wish that Eddie rests in peace with the rest of his fellow officers up in heaven and justice will be served to his killer. Love your close Friend Patrick J. Cesario
— Patrick J. Cesario APO 120th

This sick tradgedy seems like it only happened yesterday.I still get sick to my stomach to this very day when I think of what these sick coward animals did.And still no death penalty in NY
— michael maffei

I've never had the honor of meeting this hero.But like everyone in the entire NYPD there'll always be a place in my heart for PO Edward Byrne. On every anniversary of that sickening day 2/26/88 I just can't help but to pause for a second and bow my head.Edward Byrne represents every single one of us in the NYPD male,female,black,white etc. GOD BLESS YOU BROTHER!!
— PO DOUGLAS JOHN

An officer like Edward Byrne is a motivating factor of why we as police officers wear the badge in St. Louis Missouri.
— Mitchell Garcia

I took the test for the N.Y.P.D. and was hired in 1989. I remember while I was waiting to be hired, Eddie was murdered and I could think of nothing else but becoming a New York City Cop and making things right. Eddie was a casual aquaintance of mine but we went to school together since junior high school and have always had the same friends. My friend Mike was a good friend of his and became a cop shortly after me and we always talk of Eddie. On February 28, 2005, I will be promoted to Lieutenant in the N.Y.P.D. and it occurs to me that Eddie's death has always been on my mind and has motivated me to be the best cop I can be. i remember his funeral shortly before I was hired. i remember thinking, the tremendous turnout, the tears in the cop's eyes and the feeling of family, that is how I knew that my life's calling was to be a N.Y.P.D. Police Officer. I know it sounds corny, but I don't care. God bless the Byrne family, and for myself, I simply say thank you and you will always be in my prayers. Mike Coyle.
— Mike Coyle

Eddie and I went to the same hs. He is a couple of years older than me. I was in class @ SJU when the professor told us the news an NYPD cop was shot and killed. Then when he said the name I stood up in shock because I knew him. Whenever I am at the hs field, I still get choked up when I see his sign with name and plaque. God Bless You Eddie and your family.
— Tina

I remember that morning. I remember that phone call from Kenny at 6am, hoping to catch my brother before he left for the 103's day tour roll call. I remember the press at the house that night. I remember the funeral and the Boston motorcycle cops who rode all the way to the church on that cold, cold day. Seventeen years. I still, and will always wear Eddie's memorial pin above my shield, alone. For me, "Never Forget" started seventeen years ago today. God Bless Eddie and his wonderful family. You don't find people like them too often.
— Dan Carney

I go to the MS101/Maritime Academy school for science and technology and about two years ago our school was given a new name in honor of Edward R. Byrne. Our school is now the Edward R. Byrne school for science and technology. I was given an assignment to pick a hero and write an essay about that person. I decided to choose Edward R. Byrne. I read about his story and I realized that he is the perfect hero. God bless his family.
— Corinne

It's the 9th November 2005 i have justed watched a story on the sensless murder of Eddie, 17 years on i hope his family feel some peace and that his "beat" is so much better for having hero's like Edward r. Byrne having looked out for the people who live,work and play there. My uncle Maurice was murdered as a serving officer in sept 30 1971 an event which has affected my life till this day, our country does not have the death penalty and i thank god other officers fataly wounded my uncle's killer to save our family future heartache of possible release for the murderer God Bless all who serve http://www.policensw.com/~policens/info/policerem/text/index16.html#ril1
— John

I Just wanted to to say how proud i was to wear the same uniform that P.O. BYRNE wore during his time in the New York City Police Department.And to pay my respects to a hero. When Edward was murdered, i was 9 year old and Iwill never forget hearing the news on television. I will never forget being sick to my stomach at the age of 9that one of my heroes had been slain. Cops and particularly NYPD cops were my heroes growing up. I grew up in queens and dreamed since i was 3 years old that i wanted nothing more than to wear that uniform of a New York City Police Officer. In 2003 after my time in the armed forces, i fulfilled that dream. I worked in the 43 Pct, and everyday i wore the uniform i thought of my heroes growing up. Heroes like Edward byrne, who i loved yet never met. I miss you and honor you though i never met you brother.I have since left the NYPD after two and a half years and relocated to florida were i am also a cop. I feel deep in my heart that angels like Edward byrne kept me safe during my time on foot posts on those freeezing winter nights. I wish i could have been there to defend you in some way. Its just not fair. You were so young. and when i looked at the veterans that came out of your class i cant help but see you in their eyes. Im so proud of you and even though i dont know you and never met you the pride runs so deep. I have met several ex- NYPD cops down here in Fla. They all know about Edwrad Byrne. And when you are spoken of Ed the sadness and sorrow are all over our faces.Youare not forgotten and never will be And even though i left the NYPD and moved on to another agency. You will be my hero for life. I will always look up to you as i did when i was 9years old on that cold morning in feb 1988. i do and always will pray for your familly. I want to wish you familly a safe and happy holliday season. I know its been 17 years but i know in my heart they must agonize without your great soul during these times. I have alot to be thankful for this thanksgiving and holliday season , and one thing im greatfull for is being able to express my love and gratitude to one of my true childhood heroes. I love you brother . Rest easy. And may god hold you and your familly close through the holliday season and throughout the year. Thank you so much Eddie. Really.
— Michael Weiss 43 PCT . NYPD RESIGNED.

I was working EMS back when Eddie was killed. I'll always remember that night with crystal clarity and extreme sadness. I new Eddie briefly, that is to say hello or chat at a job. I am now a Sergeant in the 49 and I was talking with friends that were involved in Eddie?s case and we couldn?t believe it?s been over 17 years now, it seems like yesterday. To this day the only thing I wear over my shield is Eddie?s pin (and now the 9/11 pin). I also make sure every Rookie class we get into the precinct knows what happened to Eddie back on that February night and I?ll always make sure the future cops know it well too. Eddie will ALWAYS be missed by us.
— Sgt. Dan Forst

It is hard to believe that 18 years ago today Edward was taken from the world. I am 18 years old and my mom always told me about this tragic story which happened when i was born. I wish i had the pleasure of meeting Edward and i have heard many good things about him. Its so sad that someone so nice could be taken in this manner. The NYPD lost a good cop and so did the city of New York. You are a true hero, Edward! God Bless you and your family
— k

In 1987 i took my first police officer exam to join the NYPD. It was always was a dream of mine since my father at the time was a police officer know retired and like many other of my relatives. It was the job to have, to become one of the finest and to join the best Police Department in the world. I was a good friend of Eddies, we knew each other from Junior High School through High School. I didn't associate with Eddie on a regular basis but when we did you couldn't help but love him, his laugh and smile was one of a kind. He had such a great personality. Everyone loved being with him. We had many great times with each other along with other friends from high school. I will never forget the day Eddie became a police officer. He was so proud to wear that uniform and to have that sheild in his pocket. The morning of his death I remember so clearly. My father called me from the 110 precint were he was assigned telling me the horrific news about Eddie. The thoughts that went through my head I can't explain. Still till this day i think of that early morning call from my father. It's your loved ones worst nightmare. I will never forget his funeral that was at St James Church in Seaford. I still wasn't a police officer at the time but all i could think about was the sea of blue of the thousands of Police Officers from the NYPD and other departments and how they were all lined up in the streets in the bitter cold showing their respect for this young rookie. It was quite impressive, but to think of why they were all together was quite outrageous!!! I think of Eddie at times and miss him much dearly. Plainedge High School is the school we attended together has a memorial in his honor at the back stop of the baseball field which i happen to pass daily to visit my parents house. I often show my two sons this brick wall where Eddie"s picture, name and shield along with a brief story of his murder. I still get the chills on my spine as pass his memorial thinking of how he was brutaly executed by these cowards.It wasn't until April 1990 when I finally became a police officer of the NYPD. After I graduated from the academy I was assinged to Housing PSA 9 which ironically patroled South Jamacia in the confines of the 103 Precint were Eddie was killed. I use to pass the street and house regulary and often think of him sitting their that night on his fixer just doing his job he loved so much. The weekend before his 22nd birthday I happened to be out celebrating his birthday with him with many other freinds. I will never forget that night or Eddie Brynes like so many others of his fellow officers and friends. I also wear Eddie's memorial pin proud above my sheild.In 16 years on being a police officer I had numerous conversations with other police officers about Eddie'S senseless murder. I still to this day never came across a police officer who doesn't know this sad story.Its something we all will talk about forever. God Bless Eddie Brynes and his Family! Sergeant Gary Costanza
— Gary Costanza

I was just a college kid about the same age as Eddie when he was murdered in the line of duty. I still remember hearing it on the news. I always think of the cowardly way the thugs sneaked up on him. I have served as an APO in the 102 for many years. I now serve in the SCPD Auxiliary Unit. I purchased a book by Mike McAlary called Cop Shot several years ago and only recently read it. It felt like I was there with Eddie the night he was killed. Last week I visited the spot where his RMP was parked just to look around and see what Eddie saw. God bless you Eddie Byrne. You are now a legend in the NYPD and all departments around the country. I know you are still standing your watch. We still think about you every day. Your sacrifice will never be forgotten. Rest in peace Blue Angel.
— Roger Singh

I was a friend of Eddie since the second grade when I moved from Brooklyn. We basically grew up together and hung around in the same crowd (Pooch, Fred, Klotz, Fitz) for a lot of years. But it wasn?t until his death that his impact on my life was truly felt. I?m sure most of you can pinpoint a time where it all came together. Well, the day of Eddie?s funeral is what I consider to be the changing point of my own life. To make a long story short, before February of 1988 I was drifting without real direction. Eddies death had me thinking about my own life, and choices I was making. Is was at that moment while watching his casket pass in front of me at St. James church, that I made the decision to change for the better. I joined the NYPD in 1990 as a way to follow in his footsteps. I have since retired from the NYPD, but to this day I still credit that moment at the funeral as the key point in turning my life around, and the reason I am a success today. Thanks Eddie for the ultimate sacrifice. For me at least, it wasn?t in vain. Miss you buddy, and will see you again someday. -Mike Bullis, NYPD Retired
— Mike Bullis

i remember it well, with sadness. i was a two year rookie myself at the time. can't help but wonder if assigning a two man car to a high profile drug witness fixed post would have prevented this tragedy. as i recall former pres bush,sr. carried p.o. byrne's shield while at a press conference. may god bless and keep him. ret. p.o. john engebretsen,nypd
— john engebretsen

I was a Cop in the 71 when the young lad went to Heaven. I think of him often and what a terrible time it was for this great city and especially POLICE OFFICERS. My dear wife went to Heaven in 1996 and I'm sure Eddie welcomed her. They are in my heart forever. God Bless. Sgt. Brian Harris(Ret.)
— brian harris

rest in peace.
— sjs
Posted: November 7, 2006, 7:27 am

Eddie's was the first cop funeral I went to. Robert Venerbal, Transit P.D., was killed while I was in the NYC Police Academy, but when Eddie was killed I was "on the street" in FTU. The headlines called him a rookie cop yet he had more time on the job than I did. I don't just remember it for being my first funeral but also for being perhaps the most brutal and senseless assasination of an NYPD cop in my career. It has remained in my thoughts ever since and has paid a major role in how I make sense of the job I do. Rest in Peace Eddie.
— Det. Donovan Race
Posted: November 11, 2006, 10:21 pm

I heard about this story through my family. My uncle lived a couple of doors down from the house where Bryne was killed. I watched a special on Fat Cat yesterday on BET. Even though Bryne life had to be taken in order for change to come. He did not die in vain. Due to his death two drugpins were put in jail for life and there associates were no longer able to run the business. Fat cat was asked that if he could go back and change the things he did would and his answer was yes. He said it was not worth it. He will never be able to see his grandkids unless they come to jail and see him. So I wish your family much prayers but you did not die in vain. R.I.P!
— Mimi
Posted: December 13, 2006, 11:44 am

I was watching a tv documentary last night about the drug gang that killed Patrolman Byrne, the animals who killed him also murder probation officer Brian Rooney, they murdered him for violating one of the gangs bosses and sending him back to jail, the scum that orderered these murders is sitting in jail today getting three meals and a warm bed.
— paul cutler
Posted: December 18, 2006, 11:04 am

P.O Edward R. Bryne lives in hearts forever.
— Scott A
Posted: March 1, 2007, 5:57 pm

I'm the Officer who took Eddie out on his first day of patrol. Eddie was originally assigned to Transit before he rolled over to NYPD. Eddie's class had already received their guns and shields but were still assigned to the Academy. It was Christmas Day, the Academy was closed and the cops in Eddy's class didn't have enough time saved to get Christmas off, so they shipped all the rookies out to patrol for one day. We were assigned the B line in Brooklyn and it wasn't easy finding a place to have breakfast. Fortunatly for us we covered the Hasidic area of Borough Park where we found a nice Hasidic restaurant to have breakfast. The whole area was alive with Hasidics carrying on as if it was just a regular day. I remember Eddy commenting that he felt like he was in a different country. It being Eddy's first day on patrol we checked out all of our stations, hit the tracks and then visited the layup trains on the EL and basically had a nice quiet Christmas day on patrol with a couple of laughs along the way. It was the only time that I met Eddy and its hard to believe that so much time has gone by since Eddy's death. Gone but not forgotten.
— Charlie Moran NYPD LT. Ret.
Posted: August 21, 2007, 10:31 pm

I am a 41 year old African American woman who grew up in Bedford Stuyvesant, Brooklyn. I remember clearly the day P.O. Eddie Byrne was murdered. I was 23 years old and scared to death at how callous the murderers were. I grew up in the kind of neighborhood Eddie tried to "serve and protect". 1988 was a year of much bloodshed and countless drug wars in Bedford Stuyvesant. I remembered being afraid to even go to the grocery store for fear of being shot. I always loved and appreciated policemen because of their sacrifice and willingness to keep me safe, especially when I was living in such a war zone. I will NEVER forget Eddie Byrne, even though I didn't know him. P.O. Eddie Byrne and Russell Timoshenko's murders are two murders I will always remember as they had such a huge impact on me. I had two brothers murdered ages 21 and 23 by the same callous animals - one in 1990 and the other in 1993. I want to thank ALL of New York's Finest (especially the dectives from the 79th Precinct (Detective Anthony Renzini) and from the 81st Precinct (Det. John Brady)for caring, being brave men, and for keeping me and all of New York City safe. I have since become and Auxiliary Police Officer at the 17th Precinct. Shalisha Alston New York City
— shalisha alston
Posted: September 22, 2007, 8:40 pm

Police Officer Edward R. Byrne New York City Police Department New York Friday, February 26, 1988 Leave a Reflection Return to Memorial Print This Page Continue Building Book Page: 1 of 22 of 2 -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Eddie, I can't believe, it's been 20 years since I walked into the kitchen of my Firehouse in South Jamaica on a cold January day in 1988, and the guys asked me if I had a brother in the NYPD. I responded, A father, retired NYPD, but not a brother. They stated there is a PO. named Byrne in the TV room. I walked in, we talked for awhile, wondering if we were distant Cousins. As you were leaving, I jokingly responded "Lets be careful out there tonight", quoting the hit show of the day Hill Street Blues. Little did I know how prophetic that statement would be, just a few short weeks later! I still think of that night whenever I visit the firehouse, and pass that horrible scene just a few short blocks away. Rest in Peace Brother!! Larry Byrne
— Larry Byrne
Posted: November 29, 2007, 6:36 pm

My name is Tony Fitzgerald, I am a retired detective from the Greater Manchester Police in England. Edward Byrne was a cousin of mine although such is the size of our Irish Immigrant family we never met. I was touched and proud when I came across this page. It is wonderful to know that his memory is alive and that his ultimate sacrifice has not been forgotten. Thank you
— James Fitzgerald
Posted: December 23, 2007, 5:06 am

In march of 1988 I was assigned to queens crack and shortly thereafter to the newly formed Qns TNT. I had about 15yrs on the job. I remember Eddie's wake and funeral. I remember seeing his father and thinking of my own kids and how he must feel. I'm not ashamed to say I cried that day. A few years later I was donating blood at NYIT where I was completing my bachelors, on the table next to me also donating blood was Eddie's brother. I think he was in one of my classes. We talked and when I realized who he was I was shocked. He looked just like his brother. I cried again that day. God bless Eddie and his family.
— Tom McDonald
Posted: February 26, 2008, 6:01 am

I worked with Eddie in NSU 03 along with Tim Kavanagh , we were all rollovers from Transit.Eddie had great sense of humor and was an excellent cop. I can't believe its been 20 years since that tragic day. I think about him often and I know he is at peace in Heaven. May God Bless His Family. It was an honor to have served with him. Tim McCaffrey NCPD
— Tim McCaffrey
Posted: February 26, 2008, 12:19 pm

A group of us from Transit and NSU3 will forever be touched by Eddie. Like many of us in that group, he was sarcastic and quick witted; But he was also a compassionate and good cop. Eddie, I am glad to have known you, and I am proud to have been your friend. A piece of me (and our group) died the day you were taken from us. It's hard to believe that it has been 20 years, but you are thought of and prayed for often. May God bless your family and friends on this solemn and sad anniversary.
— Tim Kavanagh, Ret. NYPD
Posted: February 26, 2008, 3:06 pm

My name is Melissa Nicole Byrne, I am the daughter of John Richard Byrne, and Evelyn Lozada. Unfortunately I have only had the pleasure of meeting Eddie one time in my life which was when I was very young, it's sad to say I never got to know him or other members of my family. I just want to send my love to all my family, my prayers and heart goes out to you. After so many years it might not seem appropriate but I wish you all happiness and strenght as time passes that you remember Edward for who he was and what he believed in.
— Melissa N Byrne
Posted: March 20, 2008, 11:50 am

though i've never met mr. byrne I attend a school named after him I feel that naming a middle school after him was a good idea not only is it a reward for his hard work it gives many students a hero, many student's family members are in the police force also. I belive that Edward R. Byrne was great man a great man indeed.
— RL
Posted: May 29, 2008, 5:25 pm

I think he was very brave/courageous to protect that witness and should be a role model for his good nature, high qualities and wanting to help others.
— Ashley
Posted: June 2, 2008, 5:06 pm

I am retired PO from NJ an I was recently notified that a relative of mine believes that we are related. After reading of his sacrifice I am eager to add him to our geneaology and don't want the connection overlooked if we are related. If Ed's Grandfather was Louis Appignani and his mother was Anna Appignani, please contact me at rose167@comcast.net or Sue Tendy at SueTendy@hvc.rr.com. My husband and son are both named, Eddie. Take care, God bless, Rose Appignani Spahr
— Rose (Appignani) Spahr
Posted: November 19, 2008, 1:31 pm

I'll never forget that night, Eddie...it was strangely quiet until those words "anonymous and unverified" ripped over the radio. I was with EMS then out of Mary Immac...we all tried our best to do what we could. I remember staying with you all that night...i see your patch in front of my eyes like I can touch it. I am proud to have known you and you were in my heart when I went into the Academy that following July....figures I went to Transit as well. God Bless you Eddie, always in our hearts.
— tjs
Posted: March 19, 2009, 9:23 am

Terrible time for this city. terrible time for all MOS. May God Bless the Byrne family and may the animals who took his life rot in jail and then hell. Shaun Lally 81 PCT Resigned
— Shaun Lally
Posted: March 25, 2009, 7:14 pm

I often remember back to that nite while on patrol when we got the news. I remember Edward doing his NSU in the Bronx . Like all rookies he stood a footpost and stood his ground. Eager to learn and eager to help . Eddie would now be a seasoned hairbag on his way to retirement.One thing is for certain he will always be a NYPD officer!.
— Jimmy Poggio -49/46
Posted: May 7, 2009, 12:07 pm

Well I am a sudent at M.S 101 the Edward R. Byrne school and took look at the display of his uniform every day is really amazing
— N. Torres
Posted: May 28, 2009, 12:57 pm

I WAS 18 YEARS OLD WHEN HE DIDED AND REMEMBER IT. RECENTLY I RESTORED A 1989 CAPRICE NYPD RPM,JUST LIKE THE ONE HE LOST HIS LIFE IN.I AM DEDICATING IT IN HIS MEMORY.
— PO J Caputo 75th Pct
Posted: September 25, 2009, 5:50 pm

I was with the NYPD at that time assigned to the 101pct in Far Rockaway. I never met Eddie Byrne but I remember like it was yesterday sitting in my RMP with another officer and the heater blasting while hidden watching an intersection trying to get red-light summonses. On the radio was a brief transmittion, "Cop shot in the 103". It was something you heard occasionally from all over the city. We didn't think too much of it but hoped for the best. It is a helpless feeling being too far away to help. It was not until change of tours when everybody heard how bad it was. He was a very special human being. "It is not the years in your life , but the life in your years." May God hold you and watch over you. Kenneth Hogan-F.D.N.Y. ENG-329
— Kenneth Hogan
Posted: October 24, 2009, 10:28 pm

I still about Eddie all the Time. He was agreat guy and I knew him well. God bless and rest in peace.
— GUS ROCA
Posted: January 2, 2010, 1:35 pm

I remember Eddie well and I remember the day he died like it was yesterday. I along with some of the other posters here was in NSU-3 with Eddie. Eddie always seemed to show up when help was needed. One night in front of the Barbour Hotel (directly behind MTS, Eddie showed up when I called for an 85; he gave me a the nickname "Pobocop" (play on the movie name Robocop) that laste the rest of my carreer. I recently visited the Law Enforcement Memorial in DC. When I cam across his and Tony Dwyers (another NSU-3 cop who met an untimely end)names I don't know what happened to me but I fell apart. If his family reads these posts, know that Eddie is not forgotten.
— Sgt. David Pobereskin (ret.)
Posted: January 10, 2010, 11:41 am

I remember meeting Eddie while on meal on Hillside Ave.Just a day or so before he was killed., He was a really nice person and joked about me being in Transit. You have my prayers, Rest in Peace Eddie
— Ret. P.O. Regent
Posted: February 5, 2010, 12:25 pm

Edward Byrne was the first cousin of my wife's first cousin. I first heard about the murder through her cousin and a series of newspapers brought to our home in Pennsylvania. We had heard indirectly from Edward's immediate family in 1988 when we had by coincidence named our newborn son Edward (named after my father). Even the name had touched note of joy for the family. It is an odd feeling in that it seems both historic in another city and place, and yet close to home in that there is a family link. As a writer and author, I have begun researching this crime and want to focus on the young man who was assassinated. I would be most interested to hear from relatives, friends, and former professional associates of Edward so that I can construct a literary portrait of the person. I can be contacted by email at amicus_angeluses@verizon.net (The email name is Latin for "Friend of Angels").
— Fred Lauver
Posted: February 12, 2010, 2:26 pm

I had been assigned to the 103,5 years.I was getting ready to my first midnite tour that night,when my wife informed me what happened.A chill when down my spine,when I remembered having that same post 4 weeks earlier and 4 days in a row.I just cried when I found out that young polie officer died.
— RALPH TRIGO
Posted: February 24, 2010, 7:42 am

I came on the job on July 15, 1986 with Eddie. I met him during gym. We both got injured....I had a knee injury while Eddie I believe had a ribcage injury. We became friendly with each other and talked everyday until we were able to participate back in gym. We graduated and went to our transit commands-TPF 33 and TD32 for Eddie. Sometime in 1987 I saw Eddie driving a TD32 RMP and was astonished because we all had ride trains in TPF and here he was driving a RMP. We spoke ..happy to see each other. The next time I saw him was on the front page of the New York Post. It was so devastating and shocking! Will always remember him,R.I.P.Eddie!
— Jerry Dean
Posted: March 13, 2010, 11:38 am

I speak of Officer Eddie Byrne in my new book, "Ruins of a Society and the Honorable." I worked at Sing Sing Prison where those responsible for his murder were housed. I speak of many former NYPD members and I honor them, as I honored many others in different fields of law enforcement. The book is available at RuinsOfaSociety.com and it was nominated for 2009 Best Autobiography by the Multicultural Literature Advocacy Group-Living in Color Awards and recently received notability by US Supreme Court Justice, Sonia Sotomayor, for her honorable mention in the book, 2010. I also speak of Officer Anthony Dwyer who was also murdered and I knew those who murdered him, they lived in the same building tenement I lived in. My brother, a former NYC Police Officer, was stationed in a patrol car at Dwyer's home after his demise. I also mention in the book a conversation between me and convict responsible for his murder. On March 22, 2010, I will be on live with Mike Levine, the highest decorated DEA in US history on WBAI, 95.5 FM, in New York, 5:00 PM EST. Today March 18, 2010, I will be on live with Raymond Foster, retired LAPD Lieutenant, on American Heroes, 8:00 PM. EST. BlogTalkRadio.com/LawEnforcement Drop in and my respect to all who serve in and out of this great nation. Al Bermudez Pereira, Retired NYS Correction Former/Former NYPD Aux, Author.
— Al Bermudez Pereira
Posted: March 18, 2010, 3:27 pm

I have just recently been assigned to the 103 Precinct as the Executive officer. Every day when I come in I see your picture on the wall of honor across from the desk, i remind the cops at roll call of your sacrifice and remind them that the patches on their shoulders are not just for decoration but are symbols of honor that you and many others have given their life for. in all the pictures of you I have seen when you are in uniform it is so clear the pride you felt in being a part of the best job in the world. I will make sure that your life is remembered and your death is always remembered and honored. Captain Mike Coyle 103 Precinct.
— Mike Coyle
Posted: April 17, 2010, 2:01 am

I am an auxiliary sgt at the 103pct where fellow officer edward byrne worked I was a young girl when he was killed. I live not to far from where he was kiLled. While on patrol we go by the spot where he was killed and sit in silence. Although I have never met him but I no he was a great officer and he will truely be missed. And to his family he will always be missed by the brothers and sisters in blue. He was there to do a job and I'm sure he did it well. May god bless the family of edward byrne.
— A/SGT Wilcox
Posted: June 30, 2010, 4:32 pm

I worked in the 103 pct from 82-93. I worked on a stake out that frightful evening with the two detectives ( Pistone and Sica) that caught these vermon. Eddie's death sparked the greatest Policing comeback that I ever witnessed!! Where Drug dealers at that time ran rampant and crime and murders at a NY all time high, that evening everything changed. In my opinion the city since then is a safer place for all.I will never forget you Eddie and family. I will pray for all of God's blessings be bestowed upon Eddie and the whole Byrne family.
— Michael Yacopino
Posted: January 2, 2011, 12:55 pm

i was just a kid when officer Byrne was assassinated and my father in the major case squad. he was just one of the many detectives and officers searching for the mutts that murdered PO Byrne. my dad very rarely talked about the job,but the day he returned home after working the byrne case is a day i will never forget. it was the first and only time i saw my dad cry. edward byrne has been in my prayers since i was eleven. God Watch Over You and Your Family!
— mark c.
Posted: January 11, 2011, 12:15 am

I was just a child when Officer Byrne was murdered. My father was a lieutenant (Dunkel)in the 103 at the time. I still remember that day vividly, and how much it hurt my father. Officer Byrne was too young. I think about how tragic and uneccesary his death was, and it sickens me. I hope that Officer Byrne is watching down on all of us from heaven. My Dad is taking good care of him up there..
— Melissa
Posted: January 17, 2011, 7:58 pm

THIS ONE I REMEBERED ALL TOO WELL I JOINED THE MARINES LATER THAT YEAR, AND GREW UP NOT TOO FAR FROM WHERE THIS OFFICER WAS KILLED I HOPE AND PRAY THAT HIS FAMILY STILL FINDS COMFORT IN THIS SUPPORT SITE AND OTHERS AS TIME GOES ON. HE'LL NEVER BE FORGOTTEN.
— ANTHONY GREENE
Posted: June 3, 2011, 2:07 am

Since this horrible incident took place, Officer Byrne's death has never been far from my mind. I spent most of my law enforcement career with the NYS Department of Corrections. I worked at several maximum security facilities in that time. The scum that were responsible for his death, including Howard (Pappy) Mason, spent time in my facility. They were truely EVIL men with whom God obviously never had aquintance with. In an odd way, knowing these evil men was good for me and for my fellow Officers because they clearly defined the forces that we fight against everyday. There was no gray area with these people. In contrast to heroic Officer Eddie Byrne, these animals were a clear example of why good men and women must do the job that we do. To protect those that cannot protect themselves. Even at a cost of our own flesh and blood. Officer Byrne's death, and the death of others like him, are what motivates me, and I am sure thousands of other LEO's across the country everyday. It's why after retiring from NYDC in 2007 I moved to Florida and started a new career with another agency. It's why my daughter is an Officer in Connecticut. It's a way of life only good people can understand. RIP Eddie Byrne.
— Bill W.
Posted: July 29, 2011, 8:16 pm

MAY GOD BLESS YOUR FAMILY...RIP BROTHER.
— JOHN VOTTO
Posted: August 10, 2011, 4:29 pm

I was in the academy at the time PO Ed Byrne paid the ultimate sacrifice. I will never forget when my instructor at the time PO Frank Dwyer (Now Insp.) came into the class obviously distraught and vile at the savages that would commit such a cowardly act. I will never forget you Ed Byrne even though we never met. I am currently an adj. prof. at FDU in NJ and make it a point every semester to have the students research the Ed Byrne crime grants and your sacrifice. You will not be forgotten. (10.13.2011)
— Det Andrew Mattson (Ret)
Posted: October 13, 2011, 9:20 pm

I AM A DISTANT RELATION TO EDWARD. INFACT MY SON IS WILLIAM EDWARD. WE WE ALL SO VERY PROUD THAT HE BECAME WHAT HE ALWAYS WANTED TO-A NYPD,I TOLD HIM HE WAS NOT BECOMING A COP,HE WAS BECOMING A HERO. HE UNFORTUNATELY DIED WAY TOO YOUNG AND TOO SOON; BUT HE WAS DOING WHAT HE LOVED--PROTECTING THE PEOPLE OF NEW YORK. BUT I NOW HE IS NOW IN HEAVEN JOKING AROUND, BUT PROTECTING IT AT THE SAME TIME.
— KIKI BYRNE-BERBERICH
Posted: November 1, 2011, 1:30 pm

IN 1988 I WAS A QUEENS DETECTIVE APPROACHING THE END OF MY NYPD CAREER(20 YRS). I WAS ASSIGNED TO SUPPLEMENT THE 103 SQD AND QUEENS HOMICIDE SQUAD IN THE INVESTIGATION OF THE MURDER OF PO EDWARD BYRNE. I DID NOT KNOW THIS YOUNG MAN IN LIFE BUT ONLY IN DEATH. I DELIVERED HIS UNIFORM TO THE MEDICAL EXAMINERS OFFICE IN MANHATTAN AND UNFORTUNATELY HAD TO SEE HIM POST AUTOPSY. I OBSERVED THE HEADWOUND HE SUSTAINED AND REMEMBER SAYING TO MYSELF: HIS FAMILY SHOULD NEVER HAVE TO SEE HIM LIKE THIS. ONLY "ANIMALS" COULD DO THIS DEED. I HAD TO TAKE HIS PERSONAL CAMERA TOWHICH HE WAS CARRYING AND HAD TO GET THE FILM DEVELOPED. IT SHOWED A BUNCH OF YOUNG COPS THAT SEEMED TO BE ENJOYING THE JOB. SUBSEQUENTLY I MADE CONTACT WITH TODD SCOTT (PERP)AND ALSO DID WITNESS PROTECTION DURING THE INVESTIGATION. I PROUDLY DISPLAY MY RETIREMENT SHIELD ON MY DEN WALL AND ALONG WITH IT AND THE AWARDS PINS IS THE BLUE PIN THAT SAYS: 103 PCT IN MEMORY OF POLICE OFFICER ED BYRNE. RIP, WE'LL NEVER FORGET....
— RET DET JOE FAVUZZI
Posted: November 17, 2011, 2:08 pm

I was working in Queens narcotics at the time of his murder.I remember driving past 107 and Inwood,and feeling this horrible chill run up my spine.The streets were eerily quiet.Any mutt who was found out,was administered street justice,then brought in.Eddie will always be remembered by me and all of us who worked at that time.God bless him and his family.
— Bob Horsham,NYPD retired
Posted: December 22, 2011, 10:56 am

I was with the Transit Police in 1988.I remember going to Eddies funeral. The turnout was unbelievable to honor this true hero. Im now with NYPD TARU and often find myself in South Jamaica. I always make it a point to go by 107 and Inwood to reflect and say a prayer for Eddie and his family. Rest in Peace brother its been over 24 years since you left us. We will never forget you.
— Louie Franco
Posted: March 8, 2012, 8:09 pm

Taken to soon Police officer Edward Byrne god bless you and your family,.
— Dennis Hannon
Posted: May 1, 2012, 4:05 pm

This is an outrage that parole is even being considered. I am so sorry for the friends and family of Angel. I am the mother of a 36 year old NYPD rookie. She is a mother of two small children and she too has been planted in those neighborhoods to be a sitting duck for creeps like the ones who killed Officer Byrne. This is my fear of EXACTLY what happened to him when I picture my daughter and others who have to sit alone in the wee hours of the morning when the worst of the worst are roaming the streets. I am horrified everynight. I have so many questions. Why are they putting rookies there? Why are they alone? Why can't they have two cars or at least a partner in the same car? This is a tradgedy waiting to happen. No excuse me, this is a tradgedy that already happened. Too many of our finest are being gunned down, let's not make it any easier for this to happen. There has to be a better solution. Again, my prayers and thoughts go out to Angel's friends and family and all the other families who have lost their sons, daughters, mothers, fathers, sisters and brothers in the line of duty. Way too many are losing their lives while out their trying to protect the innocent. I also pray to keep our police officers safe. God Bless oxox
— Rosie G.
Posted: September 5, 2012, 11:33 am

I am retired PO from NJ an I was recently notified that a relative of mine believes that we are related. After reading of his sacrifice I am eager to add him to our geneaology and don't want the connection overlooked if we are related. If Ed's Grandfather was Pinardi Appignani and his mother was Anna Appignani, please contact me at rose167@comcast.net or Sue Tendy at SueTendy@hvc.rr.com. My husband and son are both named, Eddie. Take care, God bless, Rose Appignani Spahr
— Rose Spahr
Posted: September 30, 2012, 3:30 pm

i did not know him never even met him, i do know that anyony that takes the life of a police officer should never see the out side .. my daughter is one and it scares me knowing they are people out there like that.
— kay
Posted: October 1, 2012, 9:02 pm

I remember that day all too well. I cant even imagine how his family felt. All i know is that i could not stop thinking about him and i never knew him. It bothers me still to this day. i will never forget and i hope they are never released from prison.....you take a life you lose yours. hopefully they rot in hell while Eddie is smiling down from heaven. May he rest in peace and may his family find peace in this whole situation...to protect and serve...thank-you Eddie Byrne.
— maureen
Posted: October 5, 2012, 2:50 pm

I recently read an article on Edward in the NYPOST. He was murdered about 1 month after I was born, It is incredible that he was doing such great things with his life at just 22 years of age. New York was a very volatile and dangerous place back then from what I have read. It just disgusts me that this sick animal/beast, who I wouldn't even give the dignity of calling a man, whom was convicted of ordering Edward's murder, is praised in Rap songs and in our gangster obsessed culture. From what I have read, Pappy Mason was nothing but the epitome of evil; violent, impulsive, and destructive throughout his entire life, from when he was a juvenile to even today as he fights with cell officers every time they have extract him from his cell. Too bad NY doesn't have the death penalty because he should be put down and do everyone a favor. I applaud Edward for fearlessly fighting the wave of drugs and violence that was all too prevalent in the greatest city on Earth. I can't imagine his families sadness, loosing a son at 22 years old, my heart goes out to them. I am 24 years old as I write this and I am awed at Edward's bravery and sacrifice. In my heart, I believe that his murder incensed his NYPD brothers, for being so brazen and over the line, that it sparked them to go into overhaul and fight these animals with more passion and determination than ever before. It was an " us or them" mentality. NYPD is responcible for cleaning up this great city and putting these evil people away and I believe Edward was the driving force in that change. I pray that these cold blooded killers never get parole or see the light of day, which may happen one day if a judge, 24 years removed from this incident, decides to. I'll never forget this story and I hope no one else does either, I will share it with everyone I know and hope that his killers never get out. RIP- EDWARD BYRNE- a true American Hero
— John D
Posted: November 10, 2012, 7:13 pm

25 years later and we all remember RIP
— Ret MOS 75pct
Posted: February 26, 2013, 8:33 pm

WE ALL CAME TOGETHER TODAY TO PAY OUR RESPECTS TO YOU IN CEREMONY AND TO LET YOU KNOW THAT 25 YEARS LATER, YOU ARE NOT FORGOTTEN. R.I.P.
— RET DET JOE FAVUZZI
Posted: February 26, 2013, 8:52 pm

Thank you for keeping don safe. You are never far from our thoughts and always in our prayers. Your friendship will be treasured forever. God bless us all. Xoxo
— Bern
Posted: February 26, 2013, 11:15 pm

Your friends at Plainedge continue to honor your memory. RIP
— LB
Posted: February 28, 2013, 10:51 am

I worked with Eddie in the 103 and will never forget that point in time. This incident changed my life forever. You'll never be forgotten.
— Steve
Posted: November 26, 2013, 11:58 pm

PO Byrne, I remember that morning like it was yesterday. I remember the investigation and the pain and sorrow we all felt. Eddie you changed the way the NYPD addressed crimes, you made us a more professional and active Police Dept when it came to dealing with thugs. You will never be forgotten. You and your family are forever thought about and in our prayers. You will never be forgotten. Rest in Peace Eddie.
— Tommy
Posted: February 26, 2014, 4:51 am

26 years gone and I remember this tragedy like it was yesterday. No one has mentioned this, but I believe Edward saved many lives. The response your brother Officers brought to avenge your killing completely shut down the drug trade in South Jamaica. As you know Ed I pray for you often and you were always on my mind when I was on patrol and are still in my thoughts today. You will always be in my thoughts and prayers. God bless you and your family.
— Brian Wall, Ret. Sgt. NYPD
Posted: February 26, 2014, 9:29 am

Mr Edward Byrnes your life was taken away from you at such a young age, although I never knew you, I hope when I get to heaven that I will personally get the opportunity to meet you, I'm sure you will be on God Elite thank you for protecting me as you gave your life to that cause. thank you thank you thank you MR BYRNES my love goes out to you and your family we will never forget you never.
— Kevin Duncan
Posted: March 5, 2014, 7:27 pm

"CHARLIE DON'T SURF!" I was just thinking about Eddie, as I often do, and came here again. It's amazing how often I think about him, even after 26 years. I suppose I always will (been hearing "Satisfaction" by the Rolling Stones a lot lately also). There's a federal law enforcement grant named after Eddie. Two and a half decades later, Eddie's memory is honored by more and more bad guys off the street and outstanding training due to this grant. THANKS Eddie, you're still saving lives 26 years after your death and new generations of police officers learn of your sacrifice and are safer because of you.
— Dan C.
Posted: May 15, 2014, 12:47 am

twenty years working in the 103pct. a chance encounter with Edward Byrne at the 103pct. i was returning to the pct. at the time Eddie was going out the door to Inwood st. and 107th. ave. that faithful night as he held the door open for using my street name, he said { hey salt and pepper, you had quite a catch}, referring to some of the prostitutes that i was returning with.after processing them at the pct. myself and the girls were transported to central booking and my catch of the day were lodged for the night. upon returning to the pct. i went up to my office and within minutes i heard over the dept. radio in the office - blaring { 1013] COP SHOT- inwood st. and 107th. ave i knew in my mind only feet where Eddie was assigned to the fixer, there was one of my prostitutes worked by herself. if she was out i might have a eye witness. as i passed Eddie in the car only one unit was on the scene. i said a prayer and proceeded south on inwood st. [ out of the shadows of darkness] Rachel Moore ran over to my car and got in. since i was in the process of retirement and had another work commitment to go to shortly. i was instructed to hand over to the catching detective. i hope she helped in her contribution. to the Eddie Byrne family, that one, was for Eddie. may we all be reunited with him in Heaven one day. ret. salt & pepper.
— jay p
Posted: June 13, 2014, 12:58 pm

Im so sorry but I truly remember that night.I was 8 months pregnant with my 26yr old son who was assassinated like P.O. Edward Burns was on June 22nd.of 2014. You were killed in front of my door. A police witness you were protecting. I was new from Brooklyn. My now 28yr old and myself were awakend by the noise of laughter. I was 20yrs old myself and your death never left me. I was hurt that I didn't see anything but equally upset that you were about my age. It changed me totally. I always said a prayer to you because it was your death that made me a lover of cops. I gave birth to my son on March 14, 1988. Im not sure if as a person, a human or a parent am I feeling the need to speak to you openly tonight and I surely hope not to offend anyone of your family members, co-workers and or close riends but I guess I needed to vent because the same young man that I gave birth to days after your death P.O. Edward Byrnes,is the same young man I loss, 26yrs later. I have always prayed that god had you in his arms and that doves enveloped you in their guff because that was what I thought you deserved when I was 20yrs old looking down at the crime scene. I'm quite sure you know me in spirit cause I have talked to you for years on how sorry I was that you left your parents so early in life. And even when all the pom poms were set aside and life continued its ugly cycle, I cheered for you always. Many blessings in heaven as I have always started my prayer to you and can you tell my son to hang in there. Cops are tremendous and that "HIS MURDERER WILL BE BROUGHT TO JUSTICE". In the name of his great son Jesus Christ, Amen. SIP, P.O. Edward Byrns
— Tanya Smith
Posted: August 5, 2014, 2:23 am

At the time of this tragedy I lived in the vicinity of the 103rd. My kids were young teenagers. At that time I never would have thought my son would one day be an NYPD officer. I wish peace to the family, friends and colleagues of Officer Edward Byrne and may he rest in eternal peace.
— Maureen Piyatissamp
Posted: October 16, 2014, 4:32 pm

 


 

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