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First Responders
Det. Brian Simonsen 3rd Annual Motorcycle Memorial Run
First Responders
Death
New York
Created March 23rd, 2021

19 year veteran NYPD Detective Brian Simonsen was killed in the line of duty on February 12, 2019. Detective Simonsen, was only at work to attend a DEA delegates meeting and was excused from work that evening. He was in plain clothes when a call came in about a robbery in progress at a T*Mobile store. Detective Simonsen along with another plain clothes officer responded to the store. A short time later uniformed officers were on the scene.  Numerous shots were fired by the uniformed and plain clothes officers. Detective Simonsen was hit as was the other plain clothes officer. Detective Simonsen succumbed to his wounds at a nearby hospital. 

Detective Simonsen spent his whole career in the 102 PCT. Starting as a uniformed patrol and being promoted to Detective. Queens was his home away from home. The PCT and the community loved Brian and he loved them.

Detective Simonsen was the epitome of everything good in this world. He overcame many personal tragedies in his 42 years of life and left a lasting impression on everyone he ever met. To know Brian was to love Brian. He had the nickname Smiles as he always had a smile on his face. He was the first to step up and assist family, friends or strangers. He was kind, compassionate and loving. He had the best sense of humor. When his sister was hit by a car and killed at 13 and his father passed a few months later he could have chosen to live a jaded life but he chose to live a life of public service, honor and laughter. He found the best in everyone and everything. He adored his family, treasured his friends and coworkers but above all loved the life he made with his wife, Leanne. There is a hole in everyone that knew him that will never be filled because of his death. All we hope for now is to continue his legacy of good and make sure he is never ever forgotten. 

The Detective Brian “Smiles” Simonsen Foundation was created to preserve Detective Simonsen’s legacy. Nicknamed “Smiles” for his contagious grin, cheerful disposition and ability to positively influence everyone he met, Detective Simonsen was the epitome of goodness. The primary mission of the foundation is to never forget Detective Simonsen and to “Do Good” while spreading Smiles. 


Detective Simonsen was a lifelong resident of Riverhead, New York and spent his entire career with the NYPD in the 102nd Precinct, in Queens, New York. Beloved by both communities as well as the entire NYPD, which were all extremely dear to his heart. The Detective Brian “Smiles” Simonsen Foundation will award scholarships as well as seek other avenues to support worthy endeavors, within these communities and beyond. 

Brian was also a fierce animal lover. The Detective Brian “Smiles” Simonsen Foundation will support animal rescue facilities to improve animal welfare and inspire compassion……just as Brian did in life.

In the name of Detective Brian Simonsen – “Smile and Do Good”

Vigilance LEMC is a motorcycle club comprised of 100% Law Enforcement officers.  Some of our members worked along with Brian for many years in the 102 Precinct Detective Squad, so to say that they considered Brian family is an understatement.  As a club, we would like to make sure that Brian’s legacy is never forgotten and this is why we currently hold an annual motorcycle run in Brian’s name.  100% of the proceeds and donations go directly to the Brian Simonsen Foundation.  

 

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Carl Rhyner
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On behalf of Julio Micheli and all the fine officers of the NYPD for taking care of me and my family on New Years 2020. Thank You Carl Rhyner

1 year ago

Reply from Vigilance LEMC Queens
1 year ago

This is amazing. Thank you and your family for your generosity and for supporting the NYPD. Hopefully we get to see you guys again for another ball drop. God bless.

Timothy Harrington
Timothy Harrington Bronze: Donate at least $100 to earn this badge. donated $200
1 year ago
Robert McCormick
Robert McCormick donated $102
1 year ago

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1 year ago

Thank you .

Michael Hennessy
Michael Hennessy donated $50
10 months ago
Mike Mallery
Mike Mallery donated $50
10 months ago
Brendan Dolan
Brendan Dolan donated $40

Brian keep the NYPD safe as you watch over them from above . 🙏🙏

1 year ago
Anonymous
Anonymous donated $50
1 year ago
Shane Wittemann
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1 year ago

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1 year ago

Thank you for your generosity

Carl Rennhack
Carl Rennhack donated $50
1 year ago

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1 year ago

Thank you for your donation

Richard waters
Richard waters donated $100
1 year ago

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1 year ago

Thank you for your generous donation

Andrew Garcia
Andrew Garcia donated $50
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Thank you for your donation

Leonardo Gomez
Leonardo Gomez donated $25
1 year ago

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1 year ago

Thank you

Jole Cummings
Jole Cummings donated $25
1 year ago

Reply from Vigilance LEMC Queens
1 year ago

Thank you

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