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

The DEA Honor Roll

Official Line of Duty Deaths

Ferdinand A. Socha

Ferdinand Socha

Rank: Detective

Shield Number: 1117

Command: Bomb and Forgery Squad

Date of Death: 07/04/1940

Cause of Death: Explosion - Investigation

Detective Socha and Detective Joseph Lynch were killed when a time bomb they were inspecting exploded.  The two detectives were inspecting the bomb, which had been discovered at the World’s Fair Grounds in Flushing, Queens.  Members of the Bomb Squad, including Detective Socha and Detective Lynch had removed the bomb to a safe location, but it exploded as the two inspected it.

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