Ireland House Oral History Collection

Sergeant Edward Burns

Sgt. Burns at Yellowstone National Park

Created/Published:

14 November 2008

1 hour, 57 minutes, 54 seconds

Preferred Citation:

Ireland House Oral History Collection, Archives of Irish America, New York University

Biographical Note:

Sergeant Edward Burns was born in 1937 at New York Hospital on Manhattan’s Upper East Side to John and Josephine Marie Burns. He was raised in Astoria, Queens, although he attended Catholic schools in Manhattan from grammar school to high school. Sgt. Burns was a member of the New York Police Department for twenty-seven years. He worked in various capacities in the force ending up in the Office of the Deputy Commissioner, Public Information. Sgt. Burns went back to school while working as an officer. He attended Saint John’s University for a Bachelor’s degree in Criminal Justice and New York University for a Master’s degree in Media Ecology.

Sgt. Burns and his wife, Mary Catherine (Molly) Burns have three children Mary, Edward and Brian. They raised their family in Valley Stream, Long Island. He and his wife still live on Long Island, their daughter does as well with her family. His two sons are both involved in film and television. Edward is famous for his independent films, especially The Brothers McMullen (1995) and for his acting in movies like Saving Private Ryan (1998). Brian has most recently worked as a writer/producer for the hit HBO show Entourage. Edward lives in Manhattan with his family and Brian in California with his.

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  1. Sgt. Edward Burns as a young officer in the 25th Precinct in New York City.
  2. Sgt. Burns at his 8th grade graduation.
  3. Sgt. Burns grandparents, Andrew (Pop) Burns and Mary Gale Burns.
  4. Sgt. Burns at 2009 New York City St. Patrick’s Day parade with his daughter, Mary DeFuria and grandson, Jack.

Interviewers:

Photo Credit:

  1. Sgt. Burns at Yellowstone National Park
  2. Sgt. Edward Burns as a young officer in the 25th Precinct in New York City.
  3. Burns at his 8th grade graduation.
  4. Sgt. Burns’ grandparents, Andrew (Pop) Burns and Mary Gale Burns.
  5. Sgt. Burns at 2009 New York City St. Patrick’s Day parade with his daughter, Mary DeFuria and grandson, Jack.

Notes:

  1. Fleischmann’s was a food manufacturer based at Charles Point in Peekskill, NY, about 45 miles north of Times Square in Manhattan. Best known for its yeast products, its vinegar operation was quite large and grew substantially after 1900. Standard Brands bought the company in 1929. It’s likely that Sgt. Burns grandfather took him out of the city to visit the warehouse described in this anecdote.