This coming week will be the anniversary of three heroes who made the ultimate sacrifice within four years of each other while carrying a badge that was imprinted "New York City Transit Police".
Coincidentally, all three died in plainclothes doing a job we all enjoyed .... there but for the grace of God go any one of us.
So, as the political heckling banters back & forth please take a few moments to remember these brave men & woman, the loved ones they left behind and recall the funerals we attended and why.
God bless them and those they left behind.
P.O. Joseph Hamperian 12/01/80 - 09/22/83
Officer Hamperian was struck and killed by an automobile while he was in plainclothes working a pick-pocket detail at a bus stop in Brooklyn when the incident happened. Officer Hamperian was assigned to the Transit Police Surface Crime Unit (Bus Squad) and was survived by his parents.
P.O. Irma (Fran) Lozada 10/20/81 - 09/21/84
Officer Lozada was shot and killed while attempting to arrest a robbery suspect. She and her partner were in plainclothes patroling the L Line when they witnessed a suspect snatch a piece of jewelry. The officers gave chase but separated while in pursuit. Officer Lozada's body was found three hours later in a vacant lot. She had been shot in the head while attempting to make an arrest. Officer Lozada was the first female officer to be killed in the line of duty in New York City. She was assigned to Transit District 33 and had been with the Transit Police for three years. She was survived by her mother and brother. The murderer is serving a 25 to life sentence.
P.O. Robert Venable 01/06/84 - 09/22/87
Officer Venable was shot and killed while attempting to make an arrest. He and two other officers were transporting several prisoners in Brooklyn when they were alerted of a call involving several men with guns. As they entered the building Officer Venable was shot. He succumbed to his injuries three hours later. The suspects were apprehended. Officer Venable had been with the Transit Police for three years and was survived by his 8-year-old daughter and parents. The assailant is serving a 37 years to life sentence.
(I would like to thank Ret Sgt Mike Fanning for his contribution in memorializing these three officers. Thanks again, Mike, for all you continue to do.)
MEMORIAL SERVICE FOR JOSEPH HAMPERIAN SCHEDULED
September 22, 2008 will mark the 25th anniversary of the Line of Duty death of JOSEPH HAMPERIAN #4461
In memory of Joey’s passing, a memorial service will be held on Sunday, September 28th, 2008 at 11 AM at:
ARMENIAN CHURCH OF THE HOLY MARTYRS
209-15 Horace Harding Blvd.
Bayside, NY 11364-1721
A fellowship hour will follow the church service. All are invited to attend.
Anyone who would like to make a donation to the Armenian Church in Joey’s honor can mail their check to the above and notate check in Joseph Hamperian’s memory.
For any further information, e-mail Herb Schoen at firstname.lastname@example.org