Hero Down: NYPD Inspector Michael McGrath Dies In Off-Duty Motorcycle Crash
Bronx, NY – New York Police Department (NYPD) Inspector Michael McGrath was killed in a two-vehicle collision as he was heading to work on Monday morning.
The off-duty inspector, 56, was riding his motorcycle southbound on East Tremont Avenue at approximately 8:15 a.m., when he collided with a dump truck that was turning left, the New York Daily News reported.
“He got cut off,” a police source told the New York Post. “He ended up rolling the motorcycle. He fell off and slid under the wheels of the [truck].”
Insp. McGrath was rushed to Jacobi Medical Center, where he succumbed to his injuries with his adult daughter and his sister by his side.
The crash remains under investigation, and the truck driver has not been charged, the New York Daily News reported.
Insp. McGrath, 29-year veteran-of-the-force, was the commanding officer of the NYPD’s Cadet Corps, which provides law enforcement training to college students who aspire to join the department, according to the department’s website.
“The NYPD Cadet Corps, every one of us…our uniformed and Civilian team, together mourn the tragic loss of our beloved, honored, respected and admired Commanding Officer Inspector Michael McGrath,” the Cadets Corps said in a Facebook post on Monday.
He was also second-in-command at the NYPD police academy in College Point, Queens, WCBS reported.
Captain’s Endowment Association President Roy Richter said that Insp. McGrath greeted everyone he met with a smile, the New York Post reported.
“He’s somebody that you don’t just rely on, but he’s actually part of the fabric of what makes the police department,” Richter said. “He’s been charged with incredible responsibility and he’s come through over and over, including the academy project.”
“He accomplished so much in his life and was enjoying his present life and a future filled with opportunity,” the union leader told the New York Daily News. “In an instant, that reality and future goals were taken from him.”
NYPD First Deputy Commissioner Ben Tucker said that Insp. McGrath was passionate about his role in developing the city’s up-and-coming officers, WNBC reported.
“He knew how to recruit young people, encourage them to come onto this agency and to bring them up as cadets and bring them into the ranks of our New York City police officers,” Commissioner Tucker told the news outlet. "Mike had a good heart. He was an honest, hard-working, dedicated professional and he did everything he could to help this city."
Our thoughts and prayers are with the family of New York Police Department Inspector Michael McGrath, both blood and blue. Thank you for your service.
Rest easy, hero. We’ll hold the line from here.