A Member of the Blue Gone Too Soon

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 A family and the NYPD community is in mourning after the loss of one of their own. At around 11:30 p.m. on Sunday, July 31, off duty Detective Brendan McVeigh was found in his Belle Harbor apartment with a self-inflicted gunshot wound to the head. Detective McVeigh later died from his injuries.

According to police, McVeigh, 28, was first discovered by his fiancée in their Beach 139th apartment on Sunday night. Officers responded and found a gun near his body. He was rushed by EMS to Kings County Hospital to be treated, but Detective McVeigh couldn’t be saved.

The next evening on Monday, August 1, the 9th Precinct, where McVeigh had worked, announced the news of his passing on social media. “With much sorrow, the 9th precinct mourns the passing of Detective Brendan McVeigh. Brendan started his career as a patrol officer here in the 9th precinct and recently got promoted to the rank of Detective with the Ninth Precinct Squad. Detective McVeigh did his job with passion and was loved by all of us here in the 9th precinct. Our sincere hope is that the all knowing Almighty console his friends and family in this difficult period. We love you Brendan. Rest in perfect peace,” a Facebook post by the 9th Precinct read.

McVeigh’s family and fellow officers gathered outside of the hospital on Wednesday, August 3 to salute as he was transported to his final resting place. McVeigh will be laid to rest in the Hamptons on Saturday, August 6.

McVeigh joined the NYPD in 2015 and worked for the 9th Precinct in the East Village. In 2018, McVeigh was recognized by the Greenwich Village-Chelsea Chamber of Commerce as the 9th Precinct’s Officer of the Year. Late last year, McVeigh was promoted to Detective. McVeigh was a longtime resident of Stuyvesant Town in Manhattan, until he moved to Rockaway earlier this year.

After the announcement of his passing, the NYPD and Detectives Endowment Association both shared information on resources that provide support to officers dealing with mental health issues. “We are saddened to announce that the NYPD has suffered a tragic death of one of our detectives yesterday,” the NYPD shared. “To anyone who may be struggling, know that there is support available. Behind each of these resources are people that care about your well-being.” The DEA shared, “Today, we mourn the tragic loss of our brother Detective, who died by suicide. The DEA is at his family’s side providing support. Please remember, you’re never alone. Help is available 24/7. Text BLUE to 741741. Contact the DEA office for more confidential resources.”

It is believed Detective McVeigh is the second NYPD officer to die by suicide this year. A 52-year-old officer with 18 years on the job was found with a self-inflicted gunshot wound at a home in Long Island in June. These latest incidents come after several NYPD suicides in recent years. Last year, three officers took their own lives. In 2020, four officers died by suicide. In 2019, 10 officers took their own lives.

Following 2019, the city took steps to step up services to support NYPD officers who need help. Finest Care, a program offering free confidential counseling for police officers was established. The program now runs through Northwell Health. An officer who wishes to utilize this service can call 646-697-2020. The NYPD also offers a service to text BLUE to 741741. The state also recently implemented the 988 number for the Suicide and Crisis Lifeline for anyone who may be experiencing suicidal thoughts. In the event of an emergency, dial 911.

 By Katie McFadden

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