Since 1960 the sounds of the The NYPD Emerald Society Pipes and Drums Band have been heard throughout New York City and beyond. The unforgettable bass of the drums as they honor a fallen hero and marching up Manhattan’s Fifth Avenue in the St. Patrick’s Day parade will continue to make history for years to come.
Why the NYPD 10-13 club of Southwest Florida marches with a Chicago PD bagpiper
In 1982, 2 Chicago police officers were gunned down in cold blood.
The fatal shootings of William Fahey, 34 years old, and Richard O'Brien, 33, coming less than a week after another officer, James E. Doyle, 34, was shot and killed while escorting a robbery suspect from a bus, shook the Chicago police force.
One of the murdered officers had told his wife that if he was ever killed in the line of duty, he would want a bagpiper to play at his funeral.
At the time of his murder the CPD did not have bagpipers, although they did have an Emerald Society. The CPD Emerald Society reached out to the NYPD and asked if a bagpiper could be spared for this brave officer's funeral.
The next day the NYPD Emerald Society sent 26 bagpipers to Chicago. This officer was laid to rest by 26 bagpipers from the NYPD. Afterwards the Chicago PD brass authorized bagpipers for their department.
Retired CPD officer Michael Shaughnessy has marched by himself as the sole bagpiper of SWFL 10-13 for the past few years. He wanted to repay the NYPD for what they did for these murdered Chicago Police Officers in 1982 and how that act led to the CPD creation of their own Emerald Society bagpipers.
Happy St Patrick's Day.
History of the CPD Emerald Society Pipers
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