Troop D ─ NYPD
Pelham Bay Park, Bronx
Watch Jim accept his award.
One of only three horseshoers employed by the city, Jim Murtagh has been on the job for five years. He says the union is a "big family," in addition to his wife of 10 years, Heather, and two children.
Hercules Cornish went to work for the Housing Authority as a caretaker J in 1952 and retired 24 years later as a stores worker. He died the year following this interview, which was conducted in June 1999.
Originally I was from Harlem, but when I came out of the service in 1945 my wife had moved to the Bronx, so I moved there, too. I went to work for the New York City Housing Authority in 1952.