The Detectives’ Endowment Association, Inc. — Michael J. Palladino, President

The DEA Honor Roll

Official Line of Duty Deaths

Richard D. Arundell

Rank: Detective

Shield Number: 251

Command: 017 Detective Division

Date of Death: 02/09/1963

Cause of Death: L.O.D. Heart Attack

On February 8,1963 at about 11:00 pm both Det. Arundell and his partner spotted a car run a red light at the intersection of Woodhaven Blvd and 62nd Road.  Both Det. Arundell and his partner followed the vehicle.  A short time later both occupants abandoned the vehicle and took off on foot. Det. Arundell’s partner fired three warning shots and shouted for the two thieves to stop.  About 2 ½ blocks later Det. Arundell felt severe chest pains but he and his partner nabbed one of the perpetrators a short distance away.  The other individual was picked up at his home.  Det. Arundell was admitted to the hospital and died a short time later.  Doctors attributed his death to the above incident.

 

Det. Arundell was appointed to the NYPD on June 16, 1951 He was 36 and left behind a wife and four children, ages 2 through 8.  Det. Arundell lived in Rosedale.

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