JOHN TUOHY SHIELD #414
On March 20, 1963 Ptl. John Tuohy,
while on patrol on the IRT White
Plains Line, observed a male snatch
a women's handbag and flee to the
Tuohy gave chase and
arrested the culprit. He
transported the culprit to the local
precinct. As Patrolman Touhy
was reporting the details of the
arrest to the Desk Officer at the
precinct, he suffered a fatal heart
Patrolman Tuohy was a member of
the Transit Police Department for
24 years at the time of his death.
Ptl. Tuohy is the first Transit
Patrolman to die in the line of duty.
LLOYD ENNIS SHIELD # 1366
In 1966, Ptl. Lloyd Innes, while on
train patrol, awoke a sleeping
passenger on the train. The male
awoke enraged and grabbed Ptl.
Innes' nightstick and began beating
the officer over the head with it.
To protect himself, Ptl. Innes
drew his revolver and shot the male,
crippling him, The assailant vowed
revenge for his injuries at all
The culprit lived in the Innes'
neighborhood. On June 16, 1967, the
culprit approached Ptl. Innes,
who was off duty sitting in his car,
and shot and killed him.
Ptl. Innes left behind a wife and
three daughters, on of which became
a New York City Police Officer.
MICHAEL MELCHIONA SHIELD # 3148
On February 28, 1970. at the 50th
Street and Broadway station, Officer
Melchiona encountered a male smoking
in the men's room. As Officer
Melchiona was issuing a summons to
the male, the culprit pulled a gun
on Officer Melchiona and took the
officer's weapon, then fled to the
Officer Melchiona gave chase, even
though he was unarmed. As he
approached the male at 50th Street
and Broadway, the culprit turned and
fired, killing Officer Melchiona.
Other police officers responding to
the scene, shot and killed the
culprit. Officer Melchiona left a
wife, a 2 year- old-son and a month
old daughter. Officer Melchiona's
brother, also a Transit Police
Officer retired in 1986.
JOHN SKAGEN SHIELD # 3229
On June 28, 1972 Officer John Skagen
was in plain clothes returning from
court, when he came upon a man with
a gun protruding from his
waistband. He ordered the gunman up
against the wall, and while
attempting to arrest the culprit, he
turned and fired two rounds, both
striking the officer. Police
officer Skagen returned fire ,
wounding the culprit.
The culprit then fled up the stairs
of the subway running into two city
police officers who had heard the
shots and were responding. He told
the police officer's there "was a
crazy man downstairs with a gun".
The city police officers, seeing
Officer Skagen with a gun in his
hand, and thinking he was the
culprit, fired several shots,
killing Officer Skagen.
The culprit was later captured, but
never convicted of the killing of
Officer Skagen. Officer Skagen was
survived by a wife and a son, who 20
years later became a police officer.
SID THOMPSON SHIELD #3801
On June 5, 1973, Officer Sid
Thompson was on plain clothes duty
on 174th Street subway station.
He observed two males jumping over
the turnstile. As he approached
them, one of the males pulled out a
gun and shot Officer Thompson
Officer Thompson was able to return
fire and the culprit was wounded in
the left ankle and the throat.
Officer was rushed to Jocobi
Hospital in the Bronx where he died
of his wounds.
It was later learned that the
culprits who were captured after a
gun fight with other officers, were
members of the Black Liberation
Army. Officer Thompson left a wife
a daughter and a son who became a
city police officer.
GEORGE CACCAVALE SHIELD # 894
On June 26, 1976, while working off
duty at a check cashing company,
Det. George Caccavale was
transporting a large sum of money to
the check cashing store. when he
arrived at the store, three armed
males accosted him demanding the
At this time, Det. Caccavale
attempted to draw his weapon and was
shot by the culprits. They then
took Det. Caccavale's and the
detective attempted to get his
backup gun. The culprits shot the
officer again, then fled with the
money and the officer's weapon.
Detective Caccavale died of his
wounds. All three culprits were
later apprehended and received 25
years to life in prison.
CARLOS KING #2005
Officer King was working a second
job as a cab driver. On December
20, 1976, he picked up a teenage
fare in Manhattan, drove him to
Queens where the youth shot the
officer to death and robbed him.
Kings shield was displayed
indicating he had attempted to take
police action. The murderer was
later arrested. Officer King was
survived by his wife and 2 sons, one
of whom became a city police
SERAPHIN (SAMMY) CALABRESE SHIELD #
On February 24, 1980, at about 9:30
PM Police Officer Seraphin
Calabrese, while on uniformed patrol
at the 59th St. & 8th Avenue IND
station in Manhattan, encountered a
male who was attempting to enter the
subway without paying his fare.
when the suspect was denied entry he
physically attacked Officer
Calabrese. Knocking the officer to
his knee, the culprit was able to
wrench Officer Calbrese's service
revolver from his holster.
The assailant, then at point blank
range, shot Officer Calabrese in the
face. As the officer fell back into
a prone position, his attacker fired
again hitting Officer Callabrese in
The culprit then ran to the street
where he attempted to flee while
discharging for more bullets
randomly at unknown targets.
Transit Police Officers from a
District 1 Radio Motor Patrol car
apprehended the culprit. Officer
Calbrese died of his wounds an hour
later. Surviving Officer calabrese
were his wife, daughter and
IRVING W. SMITH SHIELD # 4381
On the night of February 29, 1080,
while off duty, Police Officer
Irving W. Smith was one of several
patrons in a tavern on Rogers Avenue
in Brooklyn. While Officer Smith
was seated at the bar, two men
entered the premises, displayed
weapons and announced a holdup. One
culprit brandishing a 14 inch
carving knife, walked behind the bar
while his accomplice, standing to
the left of officer Smith and
holding a .38 caliber revolver,
ordered the patrons to place their
hands on the bar.
Officer Smith drew his off duty
revolver, announced that he was a
police officer and ordered the
holdup men to drop their weapons.
The perpetrator with the gun
immediately opened fire on Officer
Smith Striking him twice in the
Officer Smith returned fire striking
the gunman with three bullets
causing his death and inflicting a
stomach wound on the knife-wielding
culprit who was later apprehended
Police Officer Smith was mortally
wounded in the exchange of gunfire.
His survivors included his wife and
JOSEPH KEEGAN SHIELD # 2639
On June 19,1980 Officer Joseph
Keegan was assigned to the 59th
Street and 8th Avenue station in
Manhattan. At about 5:30 A.M.,
while on uniform patrol, Officer
Keegan escorted a man who had
refused to pay his fare to the
street. As they arrived at the
street level, the man began to fight
with the officer. In the struggle
that followed, he tore the officer's
weapon from its holster and fired,
striking Officer Keegan in the head.
The perpetrator was later
apprehended by other officers.
Police Officer Keegan later died as
a result of his wound.
JOSEPH HAMPERIAN SHIELD # 4461
On September 22, 1983, Officer
Joseph Hamperian, a decoy
plainclothes officer was on
pickpocket patrol on Flatbush and
Church Avenues in Brooklyn. At
approximately 5:30 P.M. he was
standing at a bus stop at a busy
intersection when a car making a
right turn, lost control and skidded
in the rain, crushing the officer
between a mailbox and a building.
Officer Hamperian was rushed to
Kings County Hospital with a broken
hip, fractured pelvis and internal
bleeding. He died of his injuries
the following morning. No charges
were filed against the driver.
Officer Hamperian was 25, single,
and lived with his parents in
IRMA (FRAN) LOZADA SHIELD # 4721
On September 21, 1984, Police
Officer Irma Lozada and her partner
were performing plainclothes
anticrime patrol along the "LL" line
in Brooklyn. They spotted a man who
had appeared to have snatched a
piece of jewelry from a passenger,
and gave chase after the man.
During the chase they split up.
Officer Lozada's body was found
about three hours later in a vacant
lot in the Bushwick section. She
had been shot in the head,
apparently while trying to make an
arrest. The next day after an
intensive investigation, the murder
suspect was apprehended. Officer
Lozada, 25, a Transit Cop for four
years, was the first female officer
ever killed in the line of duty in
New York City. She was survived by
her mother and brother.
ROBERT VENABLE SHIELD # 4510
Officer Venable and other police
officer's were transporting
prisoners in Brooklyn, September 22,
1987, when they were alerted to "men
with guns" at a building on Pitkin
Avenue. As they approached, they
were met with gunfire. Officer
Venable was hit and died of his
wounds 3 hours later. A raid of
the building resulted in the arrest
of two men, one of whom was charged
with the murder. Officer Venable,
35, had joined the department in
1984. Surviving were his 8 year
old daughter, parents, brother,
sister and grandmother.
"Gone But Not Forgotten"
I would like to thank P.O Joe
McGarry, Pres. Transit Police
Memorial F.O.P Lodge #317 and
Michael Ansbro, Chief, NYPD, Transit
Bureau for providing information for
THE SPIRIT OF THE TRANSIT POLICE ALIVE"