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NYPD’s Oldest, Longest-Serving Officer Dies

March 16, 2015  | 

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A veteran NYPD sergeant — who was the department’s oldest and longest-serving active officer — died unexpectedly on Sunday, his loved ones said.

Sgt. Francis "Buddy" Murnane passed away from a heart attack, just a month short of his 63rd birthday and mandatory retirement, reports the New York Post.

The 41½-year veteran officer had no intention of hanging it up at age 63, loved ones said, and lined up a new gig as an investigator for the Staten Island District Attorney’s Office before his sudden passing.

He didn’t call in sick one day in his long and distinguished career.

Murnane is survived by his wife, Linda; son Robert; daughter Kim; and four granddaughters. Robert is an NYPD detective with the Staten Island robbery squad.

Comments (7)

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Bluesheepdog911 @ 3/16/2015 4:56 PM

Rest in peace Sgt. Murnane, thank you for your many years of service sir! May God watch over your family and comfort them in this time of sorrow.

Brooksie @ 3/16/2015 4:59 PM

I met Buddy during a brief visit to the NYPD Academy last year and we had a nice talk. You could see he was all cop. He had many years under his belt but was open-minded and forward-thinking, true signs of a world class detective. I know the job was better off for his having served.

Larry Romero @ 3/16/2015 6:21 PM

God love you Sgt. Murnane. My prayers for you, your family and your Department. RIP Brother.

TheRookie @ 3/16/2015 11:55 PM

A feat not accomplished by many in todays turmoil world of L.E.

EODK9Trainer @ 3/17/2015 9:52 AM

Rest in Peace Sgt. Quite an accomplishment.

Jon Retired LEO @ 3/17/2015 7:00 PM

My prayers for you, your family and your department. Rest in well deserved peace Sgt. Murnane.

Lester Magliano @ 3/18/2015 4:56 AM

I knew buddy for many years he was not only a friend to me but my mentor both he and his wife Linda and so on Robert and daughter Kimberly are like family to me some of the nicest people on earth I don't think God could ever duplicate this family buddy was so happy that his son and daughter made him and his wife grandchildren and looked forward to spoiling the girls he'd touched the hearts of everyone he came across and nobody could ever had a bad thing to say about him he had a heart of gold it will never be the same without Buddy the guys in the major case squad and his friends and family will surely miss him greatly and as for me I am totally lost without my best friend Buddy let's all not forget he also served in the United States Marine Corps which it seems everybody left out Buddy we will shortly miss you RIP Buddy

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