100 PCT Officer Dies In Bike Crash
Police officer Philip Clemens, assigned to the 100 Precinct’s anticrime team, was handed the 100 Precinct Community Council Cop of the Month award last year for assisting a family that was being robbed at knifepoint by a group of teenagers on the evening of September 5, 2009. At the time, 100 Precinct Commanding Officer Tom Barrett called Clemens “one of the precinct’s finest cops.”
Last Wednesday night after 27- year-old Clemens finished his shift in Rockaway, he became one of the finest cops the 100 Precinct ever lost as his motorcycle went out of control and crashed into a highway guardrail; throwing him from his bike and to his eventual death.
Clemens, a four-year member of the NYPD, was on his way to a party in Astoria Park with his motorcycle crew, The Street Assassins. Clemens was riding north along the Cross Island Parkway, approaching the ramp for the Whitestone Expressway at around 10:00 p.m. last Wednesday when he couldn’t maneuver the turn and the front wheel of his 2001 Suzuki GSX R600 locked. He was rushed to New York Hospital Queens where he died in the early morning hours of last Thursday.
The cause of the crash remains under investigation. Since 2005, 10 cops have been killed in motorcycle accidents, according to a Daily News report. He was also a volunteer firefighter for the Valley Stream Fire Department where he served as a lieutenant for Engine Company No. 3.
Clemens was laid to rest on Monday at Greenfield Cemetery in Uniondale, on Long Island. The members of Engine Company No. 3 of the Valley Stream Fire Department have set up a fund to see that his five-month-old son, Philip III, will be secure in his future. Inquiries can be made to Philip Clemens III Scholarship Fund C/O VSFD Engine Co. No. 3, 190 Cochran Place, Valley Stream, NY 11581.