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Stephen Driscoll
Age: 38
Occupation: Police Officer, Truck 4 of the Emerg Serv unit, N. Bronx
Worked for: NYPD
Originally from: Bronx, NY
Resided in: Carmel, NY
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Submitted by: Bill McCormack ()

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Loves His Job So Much, 'He'd Do It for Free'
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-- Irish Tribute (Friend)
15 Oct 2001

-Over ten years ago, I had the pleasure of meeting Stephen, when visiting with his late Grandmother, Maria Byrne Sullivan, in New York. Stephen was a remarkably kind young man, who had visited the hometowns of his grandparents in Ireland, namely Kilcock and Maynooth in Co. Kildare. We chatted about Ireland, and he took time out of his busy schedule to drive his grandmother and myself to a Silver Jubilee celebration for Father Joe Foley SMA. My sympathy to each member of his family in this tragic loss, and may God help all of us to come to terms with this tragedy.
-- Bernadette Gudgin (Friend { })
25 Jan 2002

NEW YORK STATE SHIELDS

P.O. STEPHEN P. DRISCOLL MEDAL OF VALOR

The Medal of Valor is presented in the honor of Law Enforcement Officers who have made the ‘supreme sacrifice ‘ by giving their life in the line of duty. The presentation is made annually during the Shields Police Memorial Breakfast in May- National Police Month. We pay homage to those families of law enforcement officers who died in the previous year , along with those who made the ultimate sacrifice many years ago. This is in keeping with our goal, to remind these unique and special families, that their extended law enforcement family will never forget the contribution that they and their loved ones have made to society.

On September 11, 2001 P.O. Stephen P. Driscoll made the supreme sacrifice during the World Trade Center attack in New York City , so that complete strangers may live. Stephen was born on July 4, 1963 and raised in Bronx County, NY attending Saint Agnes High School. He served in the United States Navy from 1981- 1985 as a Seabee Construction Mechanic. He later was employed by the Southern Pacific Railroad Company and the Metro North Railroad Company. He was appointed as a Police Officer in the New York City Police Department on January 13, 1992. Stephen served in the Midtown South Precinct, and the Disorder Control Unit. On January 16, 1996 he was transferred to the Street Crime Unit. On February 9, 1998 he was transferred to the Emergency Services Squad # 4. Stephen was a member of the N.Y.P.D. Emerald Society Pipe Band Color Guard, the N.Y.P.D. Holy Name Society, the N.Y.P.D. U.S. Navy Association, the N.Y.P.D. Patrolmen’s Benevolent Association , the New York State Fraternal Order of Police, and a past Volunteer Fireman in the Croton on Hudson , N.Y. Fire Department.

Stephen was a Trustee with the New York State Shields , and the Lake Carmel , N.Y. Community Center.

On November 11, 2001 the Lake Carmel, NY Community Center dedicated Driscoll Hall. To donate contractor services to the Hall contact David Radovich at 1-845-225-4515 On November 27, 2001 the Shields renamed our Medal of Valor , as the P.O. Stephen P. Driscoll Medal of Valor , to honor his memory. On October 17, 2002 the N.Y.P.D. Navy Association presented the first annual Stephen P. Driscoll award. In 2003 the New York State Fraternal Order of Police formed the Stephen P. Driscoll Memorial Lodge.

Stephen is survived by his parents Patrick and Letitia , his wife Ann, son Barry , siblings, Gail, Sheila, Jeanne, Michelle, and Michael , and mother-in-law Helene, brother-in-laws, Billy (ret.FDNY ), John (NYPD Sgt. ), Joe ( NYS Corrections Officer ) , sister-in-law Keri, and many nieces and nephews.

For further information please call 212-576-8898, visit www.nyshields.com , or email nys@nyshields.com.

Submitted by Detective William McCormack, NYPD, Past President New York Shields
-- Detective William McCormack, NYPD (Friend {})
21 Sep 2005

I had the pleasure of meeting Stephen Driscoll during my performance at the New York State Shields Memorial Breakfast in May of 2000. How ironic that a little more than a year later this young, charismatic, brave young man’s life would be so tragically taken away as a result of his heroism in the line of duty. May Stephen’s memory remain forever in the hearts of the family and friends who shared their love and life with him.

To view a photo of Steve Driscoll from the May 2000 New York State Shields Memorial Breakfast event, please go to the following website www.katyagrineva.com and click into the photo gallery section.

With all my love,

Katya Grineva


-- Katya Grineva (Friend {})
24 Sep 2005

Steve,

We miss your laughter, your smile, your friendship and your love. We know you're watching over us and we can feel your presence when we need it most. Be at peace brother.
-- Tara & Vinnie (Friend {})
28 Sep 2005

P.O. STEPHEN DRISCOLL
DOB 07-04-63

WIFE - ANN
CHILDREN – BARRY

UNITED STATES NAVY SAILOR ASSIGNED TO SEA BEE CONSTRUCTION BATTALION).

COMPLETION OF SERVICE TO U.S. NAVY WORKED FOR SOUTHERN PACIFIC RAILROAD AS A SIGNAL MAINTAINER IN CALIFORNIA. CAME BACK TO NEW YORK AND WORKED FOR METRO NORTH RAILROAD.

JOIN THE NYPD IN JANUARY OF 1992 AND WAS ASSIGNED TO THE MIDTOWN SOUTH PCT. STEVE LATER JOINED THE NYPD STREET CRIME UNIT WHERE HE WAS EXTREMELY DEDICATED AND ACTIVE OFFICER.

PROUD MEMBER OF THE NYPD EMERALD SOCIETY PIPE AND DRUMS BAND.

STEVE KNOWN TO HIS CO-WORKERS AS “DRIP” BECAUSE OF HIS PROFUSE SWEATING EVEN ON WINTERS DAYS. STEVE WOULD HAVE TO SHOWER AT LEAST ONCE AND SOMETIMES TWICE PER TOUR.

ASSIGNED TO ESU IN FEBRUARY OF 1998.
ON SEPTEMBER 11, 2001 HE WAS ASSIGNED AS POLICE OFFICER IN CHARGE AT E.S.S. # 4. STEVE RESPONDED TO THE SCENE OF THE WORLD TRADE CENTER ATTACK AND VALIANTLY ENTERED THE SOUTH TOWER IN A SEARCH AND RESCUE MODE.

STEVE LOVED HIS FAMILY AND HIS JOB. STEVE ALWAYS FOUND A WAY TO HELP PEOPLE DURING THE COURSE OF EACH AND EVERY TOUR HE WORKED IN THIS CITY. STEVE WAS A VERY PROUD OFFICER AND DIED DOING WHAT HE LOVED TO DO. STEVE IS EXTREMELY MISSED BY EVERYONE HE CAME IN CONTACT WITH IN THE COURSE OF HIS LIFE AND CAREER WITH N.Y.P.D.

“If Tears Could Build a Stairway, And Memories A Lane, We’d Walk Right Up To Heaven And Bring You Home Again”. The Crew at Truck - 4
-- ESS-4 (Friend {Friends & Co-Workers})
29 Sep 2005

Dear Friends,
I knew Steve when he was born. He was the all American Bedford Park kid. I knew him as a beloved baby in his stroller, even in the summer he sat with his ice cream cone and enjoyed the loving care he recieved. When he grew up he played basketball in the Bedford Park Congregational Church house at 3008 Bainbridge Avenue Bronx, NY, where so many kids hung out in mutual admiration and safety. Steve loved to talk and we did alot of it on the parsonage porch. I told Steve about my Navy days and I was pleased when he made the decision to join the Navy. I was pleased when he made the decision to marry his longtime sweetheart, Ann. Steve and Ann beat a path from Botanical Square to Briggs Avenue and back again. THeir walks were often interrupted when they saw me sitting on the parsonage porch and they always stopped to talk. Steve played baseball on Frish Field located at the bottom of the hill on Webster Avenue. When Steve told me he passed the Police test, we celebrated and I promised to do all I could to make his career satisfying. After the Police Academy he loved the Street Crime Unit and Insp. Dick Savage who was the C.O. and Capt. Jack Walsh, the X.O. Taking guns off the streets of New York was routine for Steve. He was one of the units tigers. He next came to me and wanted to know if he could get into Emergency Service. He made it because he was motivated, dedicated and trained. Steve was Mr. Helpful to anyone and everyone. A Shields member,an Emerald Society Color Gurad member, a P.B.A. member, a Holy Name Society member, he absorbed the job like an ink blotter absorbs spilled ink. Steve was Mr. Number One. At the World Trade Center he gave his life in service before self. He loved his God,he loved his country and I will love Steve as long as I live and Val seconds the motion. We love all the Driscoll family.

Rev. William G. Kalaidjian
Senior Chaplain,
Retired New York City Police Department
2631 Arlington Avenue Riverdale, NY 10463
718-548-2625
Still available to serve you.
May God bless you with his love and watch over you to keep you safe.























-- Rev. William G. Kalaidjian (Friend {})
29 Sep 2005

Missing officer honored as hero

Lake Carmel man's humor, dedication recalled at Mass

Elizabeth Cunningham
The Journal News

CARMEL - The thousands who gathered yesterday at St. James the Apostle Church remembered New York City Police Officer Stephen Driscoll through tears and laughter as a selfless and patriotic man devoted to his family and proud of his Irish heritage.

"Steve Driscoll was born on the Fourth of July," said the Rev. William Gillies Kalaidjian, a friend and retired senior NYPD chaplain. "We thought all of the fireworks were for him."

Driscoll, 38, was a Lake Carmel resident and 10-year veteran of the force who had served in Midtown South and the Street Crimes Unit before joining the elite Emergency Services Unit. One of 23 police officers lost while responding to the terrorist attacks at the World Trade Center, he remains listed among the missing.

Fellow officer and close friend Joe McFadden, whose birthday is Sept. 11, shared his memories of Driscoll with the hundreds packed in the church yesterday for a memorial Mass. His eulogy evoked laughter when he described his friend's "weird desire to learn how to drive backwards really, really fast."

"He was a really great friend. He was really proud to be a cop," McFadden said. "Stephen went into 2 World Trade Center. He left us doing something he loved."

A sea of blue-uniformed mourners lined Gleneida Avenue from Route 6 to Route 301 with police officers from across the state, New Jersey and Connecticut paying homage to the fallen hero. In salute, three helicopters flew overhead after the service.

Police Officer Kevin Donohue, who served with Driscoll on Truck 4 in the Bronx, said he was known as the "Mayor of Emergency Services," whom everyone adored, especially Donohue's in-laws.

"I brought him down to my in-laws' house on St. Patrick's Day and he took over the place," Donohue said with a grin. "From that time on, every time I saw them they asked, 'How is Steve?'"

Donohue, in his eulogy, also spoke of Driscoll's unfailing patriotism, recalling the day he and Driscoll passed a post office and Driscoll noticed a flag not completely unfurled.

"The American flag meant a lot to Stephen Driscoll," Donohue said. "He went into the post office and told them this is not the way the flag is to be flown...He told them he would be back if he saw the flag furled up again."

Driscoll was a flag bearer for the NYPD's Emerald Society.

Police Officer Richard Hartigan, who also served with Driscoll, said he would remember Driscoll for the laughter he brought to the squad.

"You laughed every day," Hartigan said. "We'd play practical jokes on one another. We'd horse around. We were a tight squad. We were very close. We were all a family. Steve knew everybody and everybody loved him. He would do anything for anyone. He is going to be missed."

New York City Police Commissioner Bernard Kerik attended the Mass, as did Lt. Gov. Mary Donohue, Rep. Sue Kelly, R-Katonah, and state Sen. Vincent Leibell, R-Patterson.

Kerik called Driscoll a "true hero" in the final eulogy.

"Everybody knows the New York City Police Department is the best in the world," Kerik said. "When cops need help, they call the Emergency Services Unit. He wanted to demonstrate to the entire world that he was the best, one of the elite. On Sept. 11, he was called for an assignment. It was a rescue assignment. Never in the history of this department were there more losses than on 9/11."

Kerik then addressed Stephen and Ann Driscoll's 15-year-old son:

"Barry, your father was a very humble and generous man. He was, in fact, the best of the very best."

Getting involved

The New York Shields, a statewide police fraternal organization for which Officer Stephen Driscoll was a trustee, is encou
-- The Journal News; Date=05/06/2002 (Friend {})
30 Sep 2005

LAKE CARMEL

New York Shields to honor fallen officer

Lake Carmel man who died Sept. 11 recognized by group

Terry Corcoran
The Journal News

The story goes that as they arrived at the World Trade Center on Sept. 11, Police Officer Stephen Driscoll and Sgt. John Coughlin of the NYPD Emergency Services Unit bumped into Mayor Rudolph Giuliani and Police Commissioner Bernard Kerik.

"Kerik and the mayor shook hands with Steve and his partner, John Coughlin, as they were heading into the South Tower," said Jim O'Neill, a retired New York City detective who once served in Giuliani's security detail and was a neighbor of Driscoll in Lake Carmel. "A couple of years earlier, Kerik's baby was choking at their home in Riverdale and Sergeant Coughlin responded. They became friends. And when Steve and John were going into the tower, they ran into Kerik and the mayor."

Coughlin and Driscoll never made it out. They were among 23 NYPD members who died that day, along with officers from the Port Authority and the state Office of Court Administration.

They will be among 70 officers to be honored on Saturday when the New York State Shields, a fraternal organization of law enforcement officers, holds its annual breakfast for the families of police officers from throughout New York who died the previous year in the line of duty. Because of Sept. 11, this year's breakfast will be the largest in the organization's 12-year history and will be held at the Jacob Javits Center in Manhattan.

The event will be difficult for many of the organization's top brass. That's because for years, Driscoll was a fixture in the Shields, often reaching out to the families of officers who died in the line of duty. He also coordinated a flyover of police helicopters at the annual breakfast. This year, Driscoll's 15-year-old son, Barry, will cue the helicopters.

In addition, the organization renamed its Shield of Valor Award, given annually to the families of fallen officers, the Stephen P. Driscoll Medal of Valor. The award will be given to Driscoll's family as well as the families of 69 other officers to be honored at the breakfast.

"We renamed the award to keep Steve's memory alive," said William McCormack, a New York City narcotics detective and past president of the New York Shields. "He was one of the best."

"Steve was a mainstay with our organization," said Shields member Victoria D'Angelo, a Brooklyn detective. "He was a great guy and a big part of the Shields. It's just an absolute tragedy what happened to him and to all our officers."

The Shields also annually recognize a New York officer who died in the line of duty before the group formed in 1990. This year, they'll honor Hugh Brady, a town of Rye officer who died on the job in April 1964.

"Normally, we honor about 10 officers a year, depending on what happened the previous year, but obviously last year was different," D'Angelo said. "We wish we didn't have to honor anyone, but the annual breakfast is an unfortunate necessity."

Driscoll became a New York City police officer on Jan. 13, 1992, beginning his career on patrol in the Midtown South Precinct. He later served with the Street Crime Unit before being assigned to Emergency Service Unit 4. A Navy veteran, Driscoll loved sailing, which is why he chose to live on Lake Carmel with his wife, Ann, and their son.

"The guy was born to be a cop," said O'Neill, who now works as an aide to Rep. Sue Kelly, R-Katonah. "Every day, he just spent his life wanting to help other people. Being a cop was all he ever wanted to do."

Reach Terry Corcoran at tcorcora@thejournalnews.com or 845-228-2275.
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Copyright, The Journal News 2001
-- The Journal News 2001 (Friend {})
30 Sep 2005

Flag flies for 9/11 hero

Stars and Stripes from USS Arizona pay tribute to fallen NYC police officer

Terry Corcoran
The Journal News

LAKE CARMEL - The story of Stephen Driscoll's devotion to the U.S. flag was told at his memorial service in October, before his remains had been found in the rubble at the World Trade Center.

Driscoll, a New York City police officer and member of the Emergency Services Unit, once was on patrol when he drove by a post office that had a flag on display outside.

The flag was wrapped hopelessly around its pole, so Driscoll, a former Navy Seabee, pulled his rescue truck over, grabbed a ladder, climbed up and unfurled the flag. Then he went inside and politely advised the person in charge of the correct way to fly it.

"He loved that flag, and he was a real stickler for hanging it properly," said Patrick Driscoll, Stephen's father.

For Stephen Driscoll, one of 23 New York Police Department members who died on Sept. 11 while saving thousands of others, the flag had always occupied a special place in his heart, and not just because he was born on the Fourth of July, 39 years ago today.

This year, the party that Driscoll threw every July 4 for himself and his country at his Lake Carmel home won't take place. Instead, his mother said she'll probably spend a quiet day at their raised ranch house on Lake Carmel - the one Stephen insisted they move to from the Bronx, although they didn't arrive until a month after he died.

But Patrick and Letitia Driscoll will also draw a measure of comfort, knowing that a 17- by 11-foot U.S. flag donated to their family by the National Park Service in Stephen's memory is hanging this holiday weekend above the entrance to the Historic Putnam County Courthouse in Carmel. It is a patriotic reminder of the oldest of their six children, their own American hero.

"We just wanted that flag hung for his birthday for everyone to see," said Letitia Driscoll, a native of County Kildare, Ireland.

Earlier this year, the Driscolls traveled to Hawaii along with several other parents of New York City police officers who died in the attack, a trip that was courtesy of Hawaii Gov. Benjamin J. Cayetano. As part of it, the parents toured the USS Arizona Memorial in Pearl Harbor, which, until Sept. 11, was the site of the worst attack on U.S. soil in modern times.

During the tour, the Driscolls learned that the flags that fly over the sunken battleship must be replaced about once a month because the strong trade winds that blow across the harbor tend to fray them.

Before Sept. 11, the National Park Service, which manages the memorial, would give the flags to a Boy Scout troop to dispose of properly, said Skip Wheeler, a park ranger. But after Sept. 11, the Navy contacted the Park Service and asked that the flag that flew over the Arizona on that day be sent to New York City Mayor Rudolph Giuliani.

"That's when we thought, 'Instead of burning the flags, why not send them around the country?' " Wheeler said.

Wheeler met Driscoll's mother at the Arizona and asked a favor: If he gave her one of the flags that flew over the memorial, would she bring it home to the NYPD? She agreed, but with a condition - he would have to send her another of the flags, which she could keep in Stephen's memory.

The huge garrison flag arrived by mail two weeks ago with a letter from Wheeler. Driscoll's mother said she eventually will fold the flag and have it framed so she can display it in her home. But she first wanted to share it with the residents of Putnam County.

"I was so surprised when that flag arrived on a Saturday morning. I said, 'You see, Stephen, you still take care of your Ma,' " she said, while looking at the massive flag. "Isn't it awesome?"

Wheeler said the flag was a way for Hawaiians to remind people on
-- anonymous (Friend {})
30 Sep 2005

Center dedicated to victim

Police officer killed on Sept.11 honored for community work

Ernie Garcia
The Journal News

KENT - By all accounts, Stephen Driscoll worked tirelessly to ensure that his Lake Carmel neighborhood would have a community center where locals could meet and become friendlier.

Driscoll perished at the World Trade Center on Sept. 11 and never saw his beloved community center open to the public, but his neighbors did not forget the 38-year-old New York City police officer's commitment to community.

More than 150 people came to the former synagogue on Huguenot Road yesterday to remember the man and dedicate Stephen Driscoll Hall.

"He was instrumental in pursuing the property. He had great vision and tons of ideas about what could be done here," said David Radovich, who served with Driscoll on the community center board.

The 30-minute ceremony featured a brief talk by elected officials and police and firefighters organizations like New York Shields, a support group for the survivors of fallen law enforcement personnel. Driscoll's sister Gail Silke thanked the community, police and firefighters who have embraced the family since Sept. 11.

"Our new brothers are awesome," Silke said.

Driscoll's wife, Ann, did not address the audience, but she sat in the front row. Their son, Barry, stayed home with the flu.

The community center's board decided to name the center in Driscoll's honor after members got calls and comments from residents in the community suggesting the dedication.

"Remembering a volunteer like this is very important. This has brought the whole community together," said Kathy Doherty, chairman of the Lake Carmel Park District.

Driscoll was a New York City police officer who worked in the department's Emergency Services Unit 4, attached to the 50th Precinct in the Riverdale section of the Bronx. Driscoll, whose body was recovered Wednesday, was one of 23 police officers killed at or still missing from the Trade Center attacks.

Driscoll's younger sister, Michelle Tierney of Carmel, said her brother would have been pleased with the dedication.

"It was very important to him to get this going. He wanted to see this center continue and prosper," Tierney said.

Eight members from Driscoll's New York City squad attended the dedication. Police Officer Franco Berarducci said Driscoll often spoke about the community center.

How to help

Donations to Stephen Driscoll Hall may be sent to 10 Huguenot Road, Carmel, NY 10512, or call 845-225-4515. New York Shields is asking children to write cards to the families of police officers who died in the World Trade Center disaster. Letters can be sent in care of New York Shields, 244 Fifth Ave., Suite 2122, New York, NY 10001. For more information, visit the Web site at www.nyshields.com.
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Copyright, The Journal News 2001
-- anonymous (Friend {})
30 Sep 2005

Stephen Patrick Driscoll

Born on the 4th of July , 1963
Born into everlasting life on the 11th day of September, 2001
Found and brought home on the 8th day of November, 2001
Laid to rest on the 14th day of November, 2001
World Trade Center

This comes from our hearts. Thank you for your prayers and kind words. We were given these words of comfort and in turn would like to pass them onto you, our family and friends:

Feel no guilt in laughter They know how much you care.
Feel no sorrow in a smile That they're not here to share
You cannot grieve forever They would not want you to.
They'd hope that you would carry on They way you always do.
So talk about the good times And the ways you showed you cared.
The days you spent together All the happiness you shared.
Let memories surround you
A word someone may say. Will suddenly recapture
A time, an hour, a day That brings them back as clearly As though they were still here.
And fills you with the feelings That they are always near.
For if you keep those moments You will never be apart.
And they will live forever Locked safe within your heart.

Love,

Letitia and Patrick Driscoll
36 Lake Shore Drive East Lake Carmel, NY 10512
-- Letitia and Patrick Driscoll (Mother { Stephen's Parents})
30 Sep 2005

In January of 2004, the N.Y. State Fraternal Order of Police(www.nysfop.org)granted a charter to the newly formed P.O. Stephen P. Driscoll Memorial Lodge # 704 ( www.fopdriscoll.com) and within 18 months there are close to 900 members representing over 60 Law Enforcement Agencies from all over including Boston and Ireland. One of our members even presented us with a flag that he had with him while flying a combat mission over Afghanistan in the initial stages of the war. Steve's family members have participated in events back in their hometowns in Kildare and Kerry and we unveiled a dedication to Steve with our friends at the Muscarry Arms Hotel in Blarney, Cork Co.; We'll continue to help others in his name and I know how proud he would be of the comraderie displayed by so many cops wearing his name.............You are missed but never forgotten......
Your Friend,

Jim O'Neill
-- James O'Neill (Friend {})
01 Oct 2005

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