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Founding member of NYPD Emerald Society dies

One of the founding members of the NYPD’s Emerald Society has died.

Lillian Patricia Reilly — who became a cop in 1951 when few other women dared join and then went on with three other female officers to help create the famed organization — was 94.

Reilly passed away Nov. 7 in Venice, Fla., according to a tribute posted on the Emerald Society’s Web site.

Raised on Staten Island, Reilly joined the force Oct. 3, 1951, at the age of 28. The first badge she was assigned was the unique Shield #1 before being permanently given Shield #262, which she wore until she retired 20 years later.

Her career included assignments with the Bureau of Policewoman, Juvenile Aid Bureau and the Youth Division.

She was given an award for Meritorious Police Duty after she helped bust a ring of 16 juvenile drug dealers in Staten Island in 1955.

Reilly and three other policewomen were the nucleus of what would eventually become the Emerald Society, a fraternal group within the NYPD for those with Irish origins.
After her retirement, she became a professor at Bergen Community College in New Jersey.

Reilly and husband Thomas Reilly had two children, James Patrick Reilly, now deceased, and Thomas J. Reilly. She also is survived by five grandchildren and two great grandchildren.

Source: https://nypost.com/2017/11/19/founding-member-of-nypd-emerald-society-dies/

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