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NYPD Emerald Society Endorses Winged Fist Organization

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The Winged Fist Organization recently received a letter of support from Timothy M. Bergin, president of the New York City Police Department's Emerald Society. The letter reads, in part:

      The Winged Fist Organization is doing its best to preserve an important part of both American Irish, and New York Police history. The NYPD Emerald Society is a recognized fraternal organization of the New York City Police Department, established to help foster Irish heritage and tradition within the department, and also to promote and preserve the accomplishments that the Irish have made to law enforcement.  As such, we commend the organization's founder, Ian McGowan, for his efforts to rekindle interest in these police officers, who were of Irish heritage, and represented the United States with such distinction during their Olympic careers.  We encourage all to support this worthy cause.”

The NYPD Emerald Society made a generous donation to support the work of the Winged Fist Organization and extended associate membership to its founder, Ian McGowan.

NYPD Chief George W. Anderson Joins Winged Fist Advisory Board

Assistant Chief George W. Anderson, Commanding Officer of the NYPD Police Academy and a Vice President of the NYPD Emerald Society, recently accepted a role on the Winged Fist Advisory Board.

Chief Anderson has taken an active role on the board, facilitating access to the New York Police Museum's archives and providing introductions to others within the NYPD who share an interest in the work of the Winged Fist Organization.              
Chief Anderson has been assisting the Winged Fist Organization in researching athletes of the Irish-American Athletic Club who were New York City Police Officers.


Assistant Chief George W. Anderson presenting a Challenge Coin to Winged Fist Organization founder, Ian McGowan. Photo by P.O. Martinez.

Winged Fist Organization Receives Non-Profit Sponsorship

The Winged Fist Organization was recently approved for non-profit fiscal sponsorship by Fractured Atlas, a non-profit arts service organization. Contributions in support the work of the Winged Fist Organization may be made payable to Fractured Atlas and are tax-deductible to the extent permitted by law. For more information, see the Donation Page.

Of particular interest to the NYPD Emerald Society is that many of the members of the Irish-American Athletic Club were New York City Police Officers of Irish descent, and were Olympic athletes of note in the 1900, 1904, 1906, 1908, 1912 and 1920 Olympic Games. The NYPD athletes of the I-AAC won more than 25 Olympic medals for the U.S. Team. The Winged Fist Organization has profiles of many of the NYPD athletes in the Galleries section of this website. Some of the champion NYPD athletes featured include: John J. Flanagan, William J. Keating, Matt McGrath, and brothers Martin and Richard Sheridan. A page devoted to police athlete Pat "Babe" McDonald is in the works.

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