Veteran Rockaway captain dies from heart attack

By Gabriel Rom

The 100th Precinct in Queens is reeling from two tragedies in as many weeks.

Capt. Matthew Hanrahan, a 22-year veteran of the NYPD, died Tuesday, after suffering a heart attack in late February.

He served as the executive officer for the 100th Precinct which covers the Rockaway peninsula.

Hanrahan’s death comes just two weeks after Police Officer Vincent Harrison, 25, of the 100th Precinct died in a car crash in New Jersey.

“Few officers were as dedicated to Rockaway as Capt. Matthew Hanrahan,” said state Assemblyman Phil Goldfeder (D-Howard Beach).

“With both the 100th and 101st Precincts, Capt. Hanrahan served our community with honor and distinction. Today I join our police officers and families across Rockaway in mourning his passing. My thoughts and prayers are with him and his family.”

After Harrison’s death, Goldfeder said the “twin tragedies encourage us to remember the quiet, fragile humanity of the men and women in blue who put their lives on the line every day to keep us safe.”

Reach reporter Gabriel Rom by e-mail at grom@cnglocal.com or by phone at (718) 260–4564.

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