An NYPD sergeant who never took a sick day in his 42-year career died over the weekend just weeks short of retiring.
Sgt. Francis “Buddy” Murnane was about to turn 63, the NYPD’s mandatory retirement age, when he died in his apartment on Sunday from a heart attack. He was taken to the hospital after complaining of chest pains and pronounced dead.
Murnane was the longest serving active officer, according to the NYPD.
"He wasn't just my big brother," Terence Murnane, a retired NYPD detective, said. "He was my best friend. He was also the person I went to whenever I was stumped on a case because he had seen and done it all so many times. He always knew the answer."
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Murnane had worked on almost every major case in the last 20 years, including the 2011 killing of Brooklyn officer Peter Figoski and the stabbing of a 6-year-old boy in an elevator last summer. Murnane also commanded a New York City Housing Authority homicide unit that earned several awards including the Medal of Exceptional Merit and the NYPD Combat Cross.
"If you are the bad guy, the worst of the worst ... Buddy Murnane has been part of the team looking for you to bring you to justice," former Councilman James Oddo said. "He has truly put community, city and country above all."
A wake for Murnane was held on Wednesday at the Colonial Funeral Home. His funeral will be held on Thursday.