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Long-delayed service to honor fallen NYC cop

July 17, 2003

By Chris McKenna

Monroe– A New York City police officer killed 140 years ago during the Civil War draft riots will be belatedly honored tomorrow in the Monroe cemetery where he is buried.

A line-of-duty memorial service for Edward Dippel will be held at 11 a.m. in the Monroe Community Cemetery on Route 17M. State lawmakers, local officials and Pat Lynch, president of the New York City Police Benevolent Association, are scheduled to speak.

Scores of people, including members of local police departments, are expected to attend the service.

Dippel, a 26-year-old cop, was shot in the leg by a soldier on July 14, 1863, while trying to disperse an unruly crowd in Manhattan. He died from the wound five days later in a hospital.

The memorial was scheduled just recently after several people campaigned for belated recognition for Dippel, whose name has so far been omitted from police monuments in New York, Albany and Washington, D.C.

The memorial is taking place one day before the 140th anniversary of Dippel's death.