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By Frank DomizioSEP 25, 2012

A Police Hero Plaque was unveiled on Wednesday honoring Philadelphia Police Officer William J. McNulty, of the then 20th and Buttonwood Station, who suffered a heart attack while in the performance of his police duties.

On Wednesday, March 6, 1946, Officer William J McNulty was on duty directing a police detail during a strike at the General Electric plant at 69th and Elmwood Avenue when he suffered a heart attack. Officer McNulty was taken to the Philadelphia General Hospital, where he passed away the next day, on Thursday, March 7, 1946.

Philadelphia Police Officer McNulty was 44 years old and a sixteen year veteran of the Philadelphia Police department. William J. McNulty was survived by his wife Eleanor and three (3) children, Joanne, Patricia, and William.

The Plaque for Police Officer Magro is the 107th tribute to a fallen Philadelphia Police Department hero and the second dedication in 2012. These events have been made possible through the cooperative efforts of the Philadelphia Police Department, specifically Police Commissioner Charles H. Ramsey and his staff, including retired Chief Inspector James Tiano and Captain Dennis Gallagher; Bill Ousey, President, Cement Masons Union Local 592; Hero Plaque program founder, Jimmy Binns, Esquire; John McNesby, President of Lodge 5, Philadelphia Fraternal Order of Police, and all of the citizens of Philadelphia who support this program and the Philadelphia Police Department. We will continue to memorialize members of the Philadelphia law enforcement community at the locations where they gave their lives in service of their Department and their City.

The sponsor of Police Officer William McNulty’s Hero Plaque is the Shaffer Family.