On Oct. 7, 1968 Ptl. John Varecha of the 18th Precinct was assaulted
after pursuing traffic violators into the 17th Precinct. A young
Det. Joseph Gannon working out of the 18th Squad was one of the first
officers to respond and he and Detective Bernie Corrigan of the 17th Squad
were initially placed in charge of the crime scene although the case was
assigned to Det. Randy Jurgensen who made the arrests in the case.
Joe (right), Det. Corrigan and an unidentified Emergency Services lieutenant
were removing the fatally wounded officer's property when a Daily News
photographer took this photo. The story of Ptl. Varecha's LODD can be
found at the NYPD Angels web site.
A tragedy here was that one
of the perpetrators was out on bail in another shooting at the time.