Aide to The Grand Marshal

Lt. Karyn M. McCormack
N.Y.P.D. Aide to the Grand Marshal

Karyn (née Keenan) McCormack was born in Brooklyn in the late seventies into a deep-rooted NYPD family. The Keenan Family are a true Brooklyn brood of Irish and Italian descent with a long line of NYPD Police Officers dating back to the early 1900’s. And while the Police Department runs through the veins of the Keenan family, Karyn never intended to become a Police Officer. She enjoyed a happy childhood and adolescence attending Our Lady Help of Christians elementary and Saint Saviour High School in Brooklyn, spending time with her siblings, Janine and Joseph, playing CYO sports, camping with the Girls Scouts and enjoying the freedoms afforded to the youth of the 80’s and 90’s. After attending St. Joseph’s College in Brooklyn, Karyn traveled to Ireland with her family and the NYPD Emerald Society. Just a few weeks after their return to New York, the world changed. The terror attack of September 11, 2001 awakened a desire for Karyn to serve, and she entered the Academy in the next class in July 2002. Karyn was assigned to FTU in January 2003 at the 60th Precinct and started her career with the NYPD Emerald Society as a delegate at the same time. In 2005, Karyn joined the Narcotics Division where she earned the rank of Detective. Future assignments led to promotion to Sergeant in 2013 and Lieutenant in July 2022. Karyn met her husband Peter McCormack in 2012 at the NYPD/FDNY Gaelic football match at Gaelic Park. Not only did Karyn meet the love of her life, she also gained a daughter, Hanna. Karyn rose through the ranks of the Emerald Society Board becoming the first female President in 2014. During her time as President, Karyn also became a mother to Mairead Joan (8) and Peter David (7). After her presidency, Karyn and Peter welcomed Noah Eugene (5) and Evelyn Rose (2). The role of mother has made her work as a Policewoman all the more satisfying. The McCormacks reside in Yonkers where they continue to celebrate their Irish American roots.