|Dectective Robert Gallagher
Detective Robert Gallagher aka "Bobby
Guns" is a legend among legends.
Assignments in his career include Tactical
Police Force, TPF, Street Crime Unit and the
Robbery/Gun Task Force. During the course
of his career, he is credited with making over
1,500 arrests and assisted on an additional
2,000 others. Most of these arrests were for
illegal firearms, recovering over 800 and an
additional 1,500 with fellow Team members.
Detective Gallagher was often called the
"Gun Magnet" and was know for his keen
street smarts and tactics. Detective Gallagher
was in seven gun battles. The heroics and
work did not go unnoticed, having been
awarded over 200 department recognitions,
including the NYPD's prestigious Combat
Cross at the 1979 Medal Day. Detective
Gallagher was also the first recipient of the
New York State Medal for Valor in 1984.
Though very highly decorated it should be
noted that while assigned to TPF, medals
were "frowned upon, having made dozens
upon dozens of gun arrests with no
recognition. The original Street Crime Unit
was formed for robbery arrests, "gun arrests
did not merit a medal", but after a while 3 gun
arrests netter only 1 award. Heroes in the
NYPD call Bobby their Hero.