Mourning the death of Mary Eileen Fitzgerald, a dedicated Bronxite, pioneering and distinguished detective with the NYPD, and devote...

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Senate Resolution No. 1012


MOURNING the death of Mary Eileen Fitzgerald, a
dedicated Bronxite, pioneering and distinguished
detective with the NYPD, and devoted member of the

WHEREAS, It is the sense of this Legislative Body to honor and pay
tribute to those individuals whose commitment and service have greatly
contributed to the betterment of their community and the entire State of
New York; and

WHEREAS, Mary Eileen Fitzgerald, a resident of Roosevelt Island,
died on Wednesday, May 19, 2021, at the age of 98; and

WHEREAS, Born in the Bronx on January 17, 1923, to parents who
immigrated from Ireland, Mary Eileen Fitzgerald was a life-time resident
of New York City; she rose from humble beginnings; her mother famously
arrived from Ireland with $1.25 to her name and her father passed away
suddenly during the throes of the Depression when she was only 15; and

WHEREAS, After high school graduation, Mary Eileen Fitzgerald
forwent an opportunity to attend Hunter College to join the workforce to
support herself and her mother; she operated a comptometer, an early
mechanical calculating machine, making little money and providing little
opportunity for advancement; her interest was piqued when a coworker one
day suggested that she take the exam for policewomen; and

WHEREAS, In 1952, Mary Eileen Fitzgerald took her Civil Service test
to become a police officer, marking only the second time that women had
been eligible to test for police positions; today, the NYPD counts over
6,500 female officers among its ranks; she scored highly on her exam,
was fast-tracked through the police academy and sworn in as a member of
the New York Police Department in December of 1952; and

WHEREAS, Mary Eileen Fitzgerald led a pioneering and illustrious
31-year career serving the citizens of New York with the NYPD; she broke
down barriers on the Pickpocket Squad and then in the Intelligence
Division; she was promoted to Detective in 1959, and promoted again to
Detective Second Grade in 1968; and

WHEREAS, Mary Eileen Fitzgerald also won the June 1971 "Cop of the
Month" award, served in the Bureau of Policewomen, the Queens District
Attorney's Squad, the Special Frauds Squad and the Office of the Chief
of Detectives; and

WHEREAS, During her time in the NYPD, Mary Eileen Fitzgerald was
tasked with protecting several of the 20th Century's most iconic women,
from Israel's Prime Minister Golda Meir and Queen Sophia of Spain, to
First Ladies Jackie Kennedy, Lady Bird Johnson and Nancy Reagan; and

WHEREAS, Mary Eileen Fitzgerald retired from the NYPD in 1983 at the
age of 60 to her residence on Roosevelt Island where she remained active
in volunteer work both on Roosevelt Island and in Manhattan; and

WHEREAS, In 2018, this distinguished Legislative Body recognized
Mary Eileen Fitzgerald as a New York State Woman of Distinction for her
pioneering career and lifelong dedication to her community; and

WHEREAS, Mary Eileen Fitzgerald is survived by her nephews, Peter,
Mark, and Vincent; niece, Jeanne; two grand-nieces, Lauren and Marissa
Fitzgerald; and grand-nephew, John Fitzgerald, as well as countless
friends and neighbors who will long cherish her memory; now, therefore,
be it

RESOLVED, That this Legislative Body pause in its deliberations to
mourn the death of Mary Eileen Fitzgerald, and to express its deepest
condolences to her family; and be it further

RESOLVED, That a copy of this Resolution, suitably engrossed, be
transmitted to the family of Mary Eileen Fitzgerald.


  • 02 / Jun / 2021
  • 08 / Jun / 2021
  • 08 / Jun / 2021

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