Andy MattisonOct 20, 2017, 6:27 pmOct 23, 2017, 12:33 pm

Fallen Nyack officers, armed guard remembered on Brinks attempted robbery anniversary

Sgt. Edward O'Grady, Officer Waverly 'Chipper' Brown and Guard Peter Paige were killed on Oct. 20, 1981


NYACK — Members of law enforcement marked on Friday a somber anniversary of the death of two Nyack police officers and an armed guard who were killed in an attempted robbery of a Brinks Armored car more than 35 years ago.

"We will never forget those three men, including my father, for what they did back on that day," said Michael Paige, who spoke at Friday’s ceremony to remember his father Peter, as well as Sgt. Edward O'Grady and Officer Waverly “Chipper” Brown who were killed in a shootout with a domestic terrorist group on Oct. 20, 1981.

"Their sacrifice wasn’t in vain that through their deaths we change the way we police in Rockland County. Agencies started to work closer, training got better and all that was done, hopefully [there will not be a repeat of] the incident that happened here," said Rockland County Undersherrif Robert Van Cura.

"Without hesitation, Sgt. Edward O'Grady, Officer Waverly Brown and Guard Peter Paige responded to the call and engaged with the face of evil,” said U.S. Marshals Service New York Michael Greco

Hundreds lined up along Mountain Avenue, where police closed off the entrance to the Thruway right before the evening commute for a ceremony to honor those officers who helped bring a terrorist group to justice.

The ceremony was held at the Brick's Memorial, which marks the spot where the shootout took place. The group that attempted to rob a Brinks armored car at the Nanuet Mall that day was captured that day, one of whom is serving 75 years to life in prison. But on this day the crowd gathered to remember the courage and bravery of the fallen.

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