Wife and five sons, one of who was a Patrolman with the New York City Police Department.
Fatal Incident Summary
Mon. May. 26, 1947
Patrolman Fitzpatrick died of a gunshot wound he received six days earlier when he was shot while off-duty when he attempted to stop a robbery in progress.
Patrolman Fitzpatrick and another off-duty patrolman were having lunch at a bar and grill on East 96th Street and 3rd Avenue when two men entered and announced a hold-up. Patrolman Fitzpatrick and the other patrolman engaged the suspect in a gun battle, in which Patrolman Fitzpatrick was wounded twice in the stomach and both suspects were killed.
Patrolman Fitzpatrick was taken to Beth Israel Hospital where he died six days later from his wound.
Patrolman Fitzpatrick was posthumously awarded the New York City Police Department's Medal of Honor for his actions.