An NYPD precicnt in Queens is reflecting on its unique bond with former President George HW Bush.
After NYPD Officer Edward Byrne was shot and killed in the line of duty in Jamaica in 1988, then President Bush helped create the Byrne Justice Program in his honor. It provided money to the Department of Justice for drug investigations . Officer Byrne was just 22 years old when he was shot and killed in his squad car while guarding a witness in a drug case. President Bush actually kept Byrne's badge on his desk in the Oval Office during his presidency.
NYPD Chief of Department Terrance Monahan tweeted
"The murder of Officer Byrne brought about great change for police across America. His legacy was permanently memorialized when Pres. George HW Bush created the Byrne Justice Program from his desk in the Oval Office, where he displayed Eddie’s shield."