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42-Year NYPD Veteran, Who Never Took Sick Day, Dies Days Before Retirement

March 22, 2016  | 

Sgt. Francis “Buddy” Murnane (Photo: NYPD)
Sgt. Francis “Buddy” Murnane (Photo: NYPD)

Nearly 42 years on the job gave NYPD sergeant Francis “Buddy” Murnane the distinction of being the department’s oldest and longest-serving active officer.

Murnane died Sunday evening after suffering an apparent heart attack in his Staten Island home. The veteran officer was suffering chest pain before he was rushed to Staten Island University Hospital, where he was pronounced dead.

As a member of the Major Case Squad, Murnane spent time chasing leads on just about every big case in the last 20 years, including the slaying of Brooklyn officer Peter Figoski in late 2011 and the fatal stabbing a 6-year-old boy in an East New York elevator last summer.

Along the way, Murnane has been kicked, punched and shot at, never once calling in sick or missing a day at work.

In 2010, the City Council honored him for his iron man approach.

Murnane died a month short of his 63rd birthday and mandatory retirement, the New York Post reports.

Comments (6)

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Mike Mintzer @ 3/23/2016 7:24 AM

Ironman = grieving family, when you don't listen to the messages your body sends!
I, too, retired with 42 years service (military, county LEO & Fed law enforcement agencies). In 2003, during a physical, my Doctor told me to sit in his lobby until 2 PM, when he wanted me to go across to the Cardiologist with whom he'd made me an appointment, bless him (Dr. James Kent)!
A month later, I had an unplanned Quadruple Bypass; scared Hell out of the wife & kids.
My hospital roommate, in for his third Bypass, had his wife smuggling in Big Macs -- swore I'd never come back like that, and have watched what I eat & drink since then: "Anything that tastes really good is likely really bad for you."
Don't do this stuff to your family & your friends!
As the little box for these comments reminds us: "I'm [You're] not a robot".

TJBray @ 3/23/2016 8:21 AM

Words to live by. Literally...

MIKE EDWARDS @ 3/23/2016 10:26 AM

This story is a little late .....he died about a year ago.

Let it serve as a reminder to take care of yourself

Retired Chicgo Cop @ 3/23/2016 5:05 PM

Rest in Peace Brother...

There but for the grace of God go I. My career probably mirrored his in many ways but I am blessed that I have so far enjoyed almost three years after mandatory retirement age after 40 years with the Chicago Police Dept. We both saw a lot of history good and bad. We saw the first women cops on the streets, from callboxes and car radios to radios and cameras you wear. There were all kinds of scandals and but more than that there were the everyday human heroics and humor of the job that made it the Greatest Show on Earth.

I know nothing more about this Officer that what was written here but maybe some NYPD people with some show business connections can get a screenplay written inspired by this Officers life and the history he must have seen.

Hollywood has been treating cops like crap for years, it's hard to think of a recent movie where the cops are not somehow the villains. We have been snubbed in many ways some very and we need to rebuild our image.

Shaun @ 3/24/2016 4:39 AM

Buddy was a great guy and assisted me on numerous Homicide cases from 1989-1995 (NY to VA Crack Wars). He and his partners always showed us southern police the real meaning of hospitality. They would pick us up at the airport, provide us with transportation, worked our leads with us, and tracked our fugitives. They would never let us spend a dime. He once said, "Virginia Money is no good up here!", put your wallet away we got this. I learned a lot from him and his team in Major Case. My condolences to his family and the NYPD. A great man has been lost.

Ray @ 3/29/2016 12:24 PM

“Buddy” Murnane never worked a day in his life! He was a happy man who severed the people of New York for forty two years! As my father once told me, if you love your job you never work a day in your life. That should be on his headstone A Happy Man Who loved His Job” What a wonderful epitaph to a wonderful man!!!!

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