New York Post
January 11, 2006

DOUBLE HEART ATTACK KILLS BROOKLYN COP ON GUN CALL

By PHILIP MESSING

A veteran Brooklyn police officer died yesterday after suffering a heart attack while responding to an unfounded report of an armed man — and then having another heart attack at the hospital, police said.

Francis Hennessy, 35, a cop for just over eight years who was assigned to the 70th Precinct, died at noon yesterday after being stricken Monday night when responding to a "gun run," sources said. Hennessy, a scooter-patrol cop, piled into a car at Newkirk Plaza with two other cops Monday at 9:30 p.m., responding to a police-radio report about an armed man at Flatbush Avenue and Farragut Road. He said he wasn't feeling well on the ride over, a police spokesman said.

The report of an armed man was unfounded, but when Hennessy stepped out of the police car, he collapsed.

The two other cops began performing CPR on Hennessy and "stabilized him as best they could" before taking him in the patrol car to Kings County Hospital, where he was diagnosed with an apparent heart attack, a police official said. He later suffered a second heart attack and was transferred to Downstate Medical Center, where he died, sources said.

Hennessy, a Brooklyn resident who was born in Ireland, was married with two daughters, ages 2 and 5, said an NYPD supervisor for whom he once worked.

A wake will be held tomorrow and Friday at M.J. Smith Funeral Home, 248 Prospect Park West, Brooklyn, with a funeral scheduled for 9:45 a.m. Saturday at Immaculate Heart of Mary Church, at 2805 Ft. Hamilton Parkway in Windsor Terrace.

Additional Reporting by John Doyle