San Francisco Chronicle

Memorial for 25th anniversary of NY cop killing

Feb. 26, 2013

NEW YORK (AP) — Twenty-five years to the day after he was killed on a New York City street corner, rookie cop Edward Byrne was being remembered.

More than 100 uniformed police officers gathered Tuesday at the same Queens intersection where the officer was shot to death in a squad car on February 26, 1988 on orders from a drug dealer. The 22-year-old was guarding the home of a witness at the time.

Patrolmen's Benevolent Association president Pat Lynch told the crowd that Byrne's sacrifice was an inspiration to all new police officers who enter the force. The PBA is the department's largest union.

Four men convicted in his death were denied parole last fall.

Several police officials spoke at the service. Bagpipes played 'Amazing Grace' and those gathered observed a moment of silence.