Edward O'Grady was a native of Nyack and a graduate of Nyack High School before enlisting in the United States Marine Corps. After serving two tours of duty in Vietnam, O'Grady returned to civilian life and was hired as a police officer by the Village of Nyack. In 1976, O'Grady was promoted to Sergeant, the youngest person in the history of Rockland County to achieve that rank. O'Grady was a long time member of the Jackson Hose Company # 3, a unit of the Nyack Volunteer Fire Department, as was his father before him. At the time of his death, Sgt. O’Grady left behind his wife Diane and three children, a son Edward, Jr., age six, and two daughters Patricia, age two and Kimberly, age 6 months.