O’Grady-Brown Scholarship Fund Accepting 2014 Applications

Scholarship a tribute to Nyack police officers killed in Brink’s robbery

BY BILL DEMAREST 

NYACK – The O’Grady-Brown Scholarship Fund, an ongoing tribute to two Nyack police officers slain in the 1981 Brink’s robbery,  is accepting applications from high school students for this year’s scholarship awards.
A memorial to Sgt. Edward J. O'Grady and Police Officer Waverly L. Brown at the New York State Thruway Exit 11 southbound entrance ramp just off Route 59 in Nyack, where one of the deadly Brink's robbery shootout took places. A scholarship fund and an annual memorial service continue to pay tribute to the slain Nyack police officers. The incident took place during the era in which Nyack had its own police force - before the village turned over police responsibilities to the towns of Orangetown and Clarkstown.
A memorial to Sgt. Edward J. O’Grady and Police Officer Waverly L. Brown at the New York State Thruway Exit 11 southbound entrance ramp just off Route 59 in Nyack, where one of the deadly Brink’s robbery shootout took places. A scholarship fund and an annual memorial service continue to pay tribute to the slain Nyack police officers. The incident took place during the era in which Nyack had its own police force – before the village turned over police responsibilities to the towns of Orangetown and Clarkstown.

Scholarships will be awarded to graduating high school seniors and/or matriculated undergraduate students pursuing degrees directly related to advancing a career in law enforcement.

Applications can be found on the fund’s web site at www.ogradybrown.com or at the guidance office at high schools throughout Rockland County.
The fund’s oversight committee must receive scholarship applications no later than April 15. No application will be accepted for consideration for the current year if received after that date.
The scholarship was created to honor Nyack Police Officer Waverly “Chipper” Brown and Sgt. Edward O’Grady, who were killed in the line of duty at a roadblock at the entrance to the New York State Thruway just off Route 59 in Nyack set up right after a Brink’s armored truck was robbed at the Nanuet Mall. Brink’s guard Peter Paige was killed in gunfire at the mall.
The fund awards its annual scholarships at a ceremony in Nyack. The 2014 ceremony is set for June 7, 10 a.m., at The Nyack Seaport, 21 Burd St., Nyack.
Originally published by Nyack Free Press. Republished with permission.