NYACK, N.Y. -- Hundreds of police officers, family and residents from across the area will take time Thursday to mark the 35th anniversary of the Brinks robbery that took the lives of two Nyack Police officers and a Brinks guard.
Nyack Police Sgt. Edward O’Grady, Nyack Police Officer Waverly "Chipper" Brown and Brinks guard Peter Paige, were killed during a robbery that began at the Nanuet Mall.
At 4 p.m. the three will be honored at a ceremony at the Mountainview Avenue entrance to the New York State Thruway entrance by a pocket park that has a stone memorial and bench honoring the men.
According to the Brown, O'Grady memorial page, the men were killed when heavily armed terrorists staged a daylight assault on the Brinks armored car at the Nanuet Mall.
During the attack, Brinks guard Peter Paige was killed and Joseph Trombino seriously wounded. Another guard, James Kelly, suffered wounds and a concussion.
After leaving the mall the gunmen switched their getaway car to a U-Haul in an attempt to escape attention. A high school student witnessed the switch and called police.
Nyack Police officers were conducting a roadblock 10 minutes later at New York State Thruway Exit 11 when the U-Haul pulled up.
The driver and passenger didn't match the description of the robbers so when the passenger said the guns made her nervous, the officers holstered their revolvers.
At that moment, the rear of the U-Haul flew open and the armed killers jumped out, each with military-style fully automatic weapons.
Police Officer Waverly Brown was hit and died at the scene. Sgt. Edward O’Grady was shot numerous times and died later at Nyack Hospital.
O’Grady and Brown were the first Rockland County police officers shot to death in modern times.
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