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"Detectives Curran and Falkowski in Deadly Shootout"

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Written by Pat Curran

Posted on 17 January 2018

Last Updated 17 January 2018

This message is in support of Tuesday’s Children, supporting first responders and victims of September 11, 2001. To donate, visit https://app.etapestry.com/hosted/TuesdaysChildren/OnlineDonation.html.



This week, I wanted to tell the story of Richard Curran (my older brother in attached photo) and his partner Edward Falkowski. Both stopped an armed criminal after becoming severely wounded themselves. What you find below is a story about two cops who would stop at nothing to protect each other and the innocent bystanders around them.

On May 14, 2010, both were recognized at the White House by President Obama along with about a dozen other top cops throughout the nation. To hear President Obama’s remarks at the Rose Garden presentation, click on http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Qkp1Vottlss&NR=1.


Deadly Shootout at the Laundromat, Syracuse, NY

Below is the citation written about Detectives Richard Curran and Edward Falkowski at the 2010 TOP Cops Awards ceremony hosted by John Walsh from “America’s Most Wanted.”

“On April 8, 2009, Syracuse Police Department issued a bulletin reporting a parolee, 33 year-old career criminal James Tyson, was in possession of a handgun. A few days later, on April 13, Detectives Richard Curran and Edward Falkowski observed the suspect’s car outside an apartment complex. Following the suspect’s vehicle to a local laundromat, the detectives activated their emergency lights as they pulled in behind him.


The detectives asked James Tyson to step out of his vehicle and place his hands on the roof of the car. After getting out of the car, Tyson became combative. The detectives struggled with the powerful man as he resisted being handcuffed. Detective Falkowski deployed his TASER into Tyson’s back. Tyson merely grunted and was able to twist free for a split second. He drew his 357 revolver and fired at Detective Falkowski’s face, just missing his mark, but causing the Detective’s eardrum to rupture. The blast knocked Detective Falkowski to the ground while Detective Curran dove for cover behind a parked car in order to draw his weapon. The skilled thug was quick to shoot, striking Detective Curran in the upper back and shoulder. Tyson fired another round at Detective Curran over the roof of the car and started to flee. Detective Curran returned fire and chased Tyson through the parking lot.


Believing his partner to be in danger, Detective Falkowski joined in the chase. The suspect continued to fire at the detectives as he attempted to escape, risking the lives of innocent bystanders in the area. Both detectives, in pursuit, returned fire. Finally, Tyson collapsed in front of a house behind the laundromat. Tyson succumbed to his wounds while the detectives were checked for injuries by arriving officers. Detective Falkowski’s ruptured eardrum would later require surgery to repair. Detective Curran was struck in the middle of his back, into his ballistic vest. The vest saved Detective Curran’s life but the bullet penetrated approximately one inch into his back. His second wound was a grazing to the shoulder.


These two TOP COPS would stop at nothing to protect each other and stop an armed criminal. The National Association of Police Organizations (NAPO) is proud to present them with the 2010 TOP COPS Award.”

Richard – I am proud of you. Your unwavering loyalty to your partner and courage while taking fire serve as an example to many of us. The fact that you returned back to duty at the Syracuse Police Department this summer is a testament to your dedication. We should never forget that it is often first responders like you and your partner who stand between the average citizen and some extremely dangerous situations. Just glad you’re OK.





Training Schedule:

It’s race week! The hard work is done. As one of my Pfizer colleagues who is a very experienced runner put it, “Pat, it’s time to bring the horse to the barn and get ready for Race Day.” Below is my schedule for the week. No major injuries (excuses) to hold me back going into Sunday. I just need to cover 3 popped blisters and be careful to not aggravate my left hamstring by doing something crazy.

Monday: 1 hour and 15 min Bike; 1 hour Easy Jog

Tuesday: Swim 800m; Long Stretch and Ice on knees/left hamstring

Wednesday: 1 hour Bike / Long Stretch

Thursday: 30 min Run (Race Pace) / Long Stretch and Ice

Friday: Rehearsal: Swim 20 min; Bike 20 min; Run 15 min; Stretch and Ice

Saturday: Support “Tough Kids Competition” / Rest

Sunday: 1.2 Mile Swim, 56 mile Bike, 13.1 Mile Run = 70.3 Mile Toughman


Last Thoughts:

On Friday, September 10th, I plan on sending a short note remembering the victims of September 11th 2001 and some of my friends who have died fighting the War on Terror. To be clear, it will be written in a way to be both positive and energizing. Goal is to not generate tears but have a reader experience a sense of personal pride and resolve for creating a brighter future.

To all those who have donated over the past several weeks and sent emails, THANK YOU! To those who would like to donate to Tuesday’s Children, feel free to donate at the link at the top of page 1. If you would like to mail a donation, feel free to contact me individually at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it . I will be more than happy to assist.

A Look Ahead for the 2010 Freedom’s Light Program:

Yes, I know this sounds crazy… However, I am healthy enough to actually complete my original plan of launching 2 charity campaigns in 2010! A week after the 70.3 mile Toughman, I will be switching gears from helping first responders (like my brother) and victims of September 11th to helping military members and their families.

From September 20th and lasting until the Marine Corps Marathon (my military “family reunion”) held on October 31st, I will be raising awareness and support for Fisher House and the Wounded Warrior Project. Stay tuned for more information about these 2 organizations that will be published in the coming weeks.

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