Nurse Joan Anne McHugh, a principal at the medical consulting firm of Loeb and Troper in Manhattan, was shot...
When the usually punctual [New York City police lieutenant Stephen] Bouillon, 49, failed to show up at his Internal Affairs Bureau office at 9 a.m., his supervisors drove out to check up on him...
After attempts to kill himself and McHugh with carbon monoxide from car exhaust went too slowly, Bouillon whipped out his department-issued semi-automatic and fatally shot his lover before turning the gun on himself...
Her untimely and tragic passing has made our world poorer, yet we are stronger for having known her. It is our prayer that Joan will be at Peace and that God will hold her in the palm of His hand...
The death of the city police lieutenant would be the second for such an officer within a week. Thursday Lt. Theresa Flannery, 33, was found in her Bellmore apartment with gunshot wounds to the head. It has not been determined whether that death was a homicide or a suicide...
Police Lieutenant and Friend Found Dead
New York Times
By TINA KELLEY
July 15, 2003
A New York City police lieutenant and his companion were found dead yesterday afternoon at the home they shared in Roslyn Heights, in Nassau County, the Nassau County police said. They called the killings a double homicide. Earlier in the day, a New York City police official, who spoke on condition that his name not be printed, said a "very preliminary" investigation had found "it appears to be a suicide/homicide."
A police spokeswoman identified the lieutenant as Stephen Bouillon, 49, a 22-year veteran who had been promoted to lieutenant in 1995 and was assigned to the Internal Affairs Bureau.
The Nassau County police said officers were called to 22 Deepdale Parkway after Lieutenant Bouillon failed to report for work. When they found the door locked, officers climbed to the first-floor roof to get in through an open second-story bedroom window. In the bedroom, they found the lieutenant and his friend of 22 years, Joan McHugh, 47. Both had been shot, according to the Nassau County police.
"It's shocking to people who know them both," said the senior official, who said the lieutenant was found with a gunshot wound to the head and his friend was found bleeding from the mouth.
The Nassau County police are investigating the deaths, said Officer Louis Camacho, a New York City police spokesman.
Lieutenant Bouillon was the second city police lieutenant to die on Long Island in a week. On Wednesday, the Nassau County police found Lt. Theresa Flannery, 33, dead at her home in Bellmore. The Nassau police spokeswoman said the cause of her death had not yet been determined.
Shooting Deaths 'A Shocker'
Cops stunned by report colleague killed companion, self
AM New York, Newsday
By Keiko Morris
July 15, 2003, 8:53 PM EDT
From all outward appearances, Stephen Bouillon, a New York Police Department lieutenant, and Joan McHugh were living a nice life.
The companions of more than two decades had recently repaved their driveway and remodeled the porch of their Roslyn Heights home, neighbors said. They had spoken about plans to build a pool. She had thrown him an early surprise 50th birthday party last month
That image of such happiness thriving on a well-groomed, leafy, suburban street was shattered Monday afternoon, after police officers found the bodies of the couple, shot to death and lying in a pool of blood in their bedroom. The motive behind their deaths may never be known, Nassau police said. But the preliminary investigation suggests that Bouillon, 49, shot McHugh, 47, and then turned the gun on himself.
"This is just a shocker because they've been fine together," a New York Police Department official said. "They've been together for 20 years. There's no rhyme or reason that we know of.
"She was a consultant at a private firm. He was a solid guy," the official said.
Bouillon's co-workers first sensed something was not right when the 23-year veteran failed to show up for work in internal affairs Monday morning – something uncharacteristic of him, said Nassau Homicide Squad Det. Sgt. Dennis Barry. They had no success contacting Bouillon and, four hours later, two New York City police officers were sent to his home to check on him.
They arrived at the couple's home sometime after 2 p.m. and found the house at 22 Deepdale Parkway locked and secure, Barry said. No one answered the door. Neighbors hadn't seen the couple since Sunday at about 8 p.m., police said.
The officers noticed the sound of a running car coming from behind the closed garage door, which was hot to the touch, Barry said. They called Nassau police to help them enter the home.
Prying the garage door open about three inches, the officers saw a running BMW and a blue hose attached to the car's exhaust pipe. One officer was able to yank the hose from the pipe. They eventually noticed an open second-floor window, which one officer was able to reach by climbing patio furniture to a first-floor roof. Once inside the master bedroom he saw the couple, lying together on a bed, Barry said.
McHugh, a principal at the medical consulting firm of Loeb and Troper in Manhattan, was shot once in the back of the head. And Bouillon, found with his New York City police semi-automatic handgun in his right hand, had a bullet wound to the side of his head, Nassau police said.
There were no signs of forced entry in the house, police said. And the security alarm was on, which became evident when the officer who entered through the bedroom window set off the motion sensor.
Barry would not comment on whether any note was discovered, but detectives do not believe the couple had a suicide pact. He said fingerprint comparisons for prints found on the car and hose – which was connected to the ventilation system in the kitchen – will show more clearly who was responsible for rigging this set-up.
"Our theory is that an attempt was made at suicide by asphyxiation," Barry said. "And when that failed, Stephen Bouillon put one bullet in the back of Joan McHugh's head and shot himself."
After an autopsy Tuesday, medical examiners concluded that each death was caused by a gunshot wound to the head and the manner of the couple's deaths was a murder-suicide, Barry said. Detectives are still waiting for various autopsy tests and forensic evidence to be processed to make a final determination.
Both McHugh's family in North Babylon and Bouillon's family in Hollis, Queens declined to comment.
Staff writers Cynthia Needham and Len Levitt contributed to this story.
COP KILLS GIRLFRIEND AND THEN HIMSELF
New York Daily News
By Tamer El-Ghobashy, Nicholas Lovecchio and Leo Standora
Tuesday, July 15th 2003, 7:51AM
An NYPD lieutenant shot his girlfriend of 22 years dead in the Long Island home they shared - then turned the gun on himself, cops said yesterday.
The bodies of Stephen Bouillon, 49, and Joan McHugh, 47, were found in an upstairs bedroom of their recently remodeled two-story house in quiet, well-to-do Roslyn Heights about 2:30 p.m. yesterday.
Bouillon, who joined the NYPD in 1980 and became a lieutenant in 1995, worked out of the Internal Affairs Bureau, police said. McHugh was a nurse.
Nassau cops went to 22 Deepdale Parkway after Bouillon's colleagues - worried that he had not shown up for work yesterday - called to request a check of the house, Detective Sgt. Dennis Barry said.
Unable to enter through the locked front door, they climbed onto the first-floor roof and came in through a window leading to the bedroom - and the bodies.
The couple had lived there for about two years, neighbors said, and were members of the neighborhood Browers Hill Civic Association.
The deaths were discovered as a wake was being held for Theresa Flannery, a 33-year-old NYPD lieutenant found fatally shot in her Long Island home last week. It isn't clear if her death was a suicide or accident. She worked in the Traffic Control Division in Manhattan.
Neighbors on Deepdale Parkway, a winding road lined with well-kept homes, said they were stunned to learn of the murder-suicide.
"I'm in shock," said Marina Morgikian, 42, a pharmacist who works in Manhattan and lives next-door. "I didn't hear or see anything last night. My dogs didn't react funny or anything."
She said another neighbor saw McHugh about 9 p.m. Sunday night and that everything seemed okay. "She waved hello and had a quick conversation with the neighbor," Morgikian said.
Investigators were trying to determine if the murder-suicide happened Sunday night or early yesterday.
Bouillon spent most of his time at the Long Island house, but also maintained an apartment in Jamaica, Queens, where some of his family lives, investigators said.
A man who answered the phone at the Queens apartment last night declined to comment.
"The family is really struck. Nobody is in a position to talk right now," he said.
Roslyn Heights neighbors said the couple was friendly but reserved.
"They were quiet but they would say hello," said Debbie Sledz, 48.
"It looked like things were going good for them," said Bob Calleo, who lives down the block. "You would never suspect this kind of trouble, something this dramatic. This is a very quiet and peaceful area."
Neighbors said the couple had no children and no pets. McHugh, they said, often was seen puttering around her garden.
The couple recently put a new roof and siding on their house, repaved the driveway and told people they were planning to put a pool in their backyard.
NYC Cop, Woman Found Dead in Roslyn Heights
Officer Down: Lt. Stephen Bouillon
[New York City, New York]
Nassau NY homicide detectives last night were investigating what police sources said was the shooting deaths of a New York City internal affairs lieutenant and his longtime female companion at their Roslyn Heights home.
The city department identified the man as Lt. Stephen Bouillon, 49, a 23-year veteran who had been a lieutenant for eight years.
Nassau police identified the woman as Joan McHugh, 47, described as his companion for 22 years.
Officially Nassau police would say little last night as detectives milled in and out of the house at 22 Deepdale Parkway. But sources said the two deaths appeared to be a murder-suicide. Late last night, police said both victims had received gunshot wounds.
The two were found in the house at about 2:40 p.m. after Nassau police were notified that the lieutenant had not shown up for work yesterday morning.
A next-door neighbor, Marina Morgikian, said the couple had lived in the house for about three years. "They were always working around the house," Morgikian said. "As I understand it they were getting ready to put in a pool. She used to plant flowers. They didn't seem like people who didn't want to live."
She added that other neighbors had told her the house was locked when police came to look for the couple.
Nassau police said that officers climbed onto the first-floor roof to gain access through an open second-floor bedroom window.
The death of the city police lieutenant would be the second for such an officer within a week. Thursday Lt. Theresa Flannery, 33, was found in her Bellmore apartment with gunshot wounds to the head. It has not been determined whether that death was a homicide or a suicide, according to police. Flannery, a 12-year veteran, worked in the Traffic Control Division
SUICIDE SLAY COP TRIED TO GAS HER
New York Post
LISA PULITZER, MURRAY WEISS and ADAM MILLER
July 16, 2003
An NYPD lieutenant who gunned down his girlfriend of 22 years in a murder-suicide rampage in their Long Island home ditched his initial plan to kill her by carbon monoxide poisoning because it was taking too long, police said yesterday.
The shocking new details emerged yesterday as colleagues and friends said there were no signs of domestic discord between Stephen Bouillon, assigned to the Internal Affairs Bureau, and Joan McHugh, a nurse and a partner in a Manhattan medical consulting firm.
After attempts to kill himself and McHugh with carbon monoxide from car exhaust went too slowly, Bouillon whipped out his department-issued semi-automatic and fatally shot his lover before turning the gun on himself, cops said.
Their bodies were found in a pool of blood in the bedroom of their newly remodeled Roslyn Heights home Monday afternoon.
A blue hose attached to the tailpipe of a running BMW in the garage had been connected to the home's ventilation system, located in the kitchen, said Nassau Detective Sgt. Dennis Barry.
"Stephen Bouillon put one bullet in the back of Joan McHugh's head and then killed himself," said Barry.
He added there "was no evidence of [any] relationship trouble."
Police were called to the home after Bouillon - a Haitian native who helped NYPD top cop Ray Kelly reorganize the police force in the Caribbean country in the early '90s - failed to show up for work Monday night.
Stunned friends and colleagues yesterday said the couple, who had no children, seemed more in love than ever as of late.
"They always seemed happy," said a friend and former co-worker.
The churchgoing couple had just returned from a Florida vacation - and McHugh recently threw Bouillon a surprise 50th birthday bash.
They were also in the midst of making major improvements to their house.
And Bouillon was upbeat when he went to work Friday, said a colleague who talked with him that day.
Bouillon's mom, who lives in a Hollis, Queens, apartment maintained by the cop, declined comment. And McHugh's relatives said they were too distraught to talk.
Cops were baffled as to why Bouillon, a 23-year NYPD veteran promoted to lieutenant in 1995, committed the murder-suicide.
"This is an individual who lived for his job," said Barry.
Lieutenant's Death Ruled a Suicide; Girlfriend's a Homicide
The New York Sun, (NY)
July 16, 2003
The death of an NYPD lieutenant in Long Island has been ruled a suicide, Nassau County authorities said yesterday.
Lieutenant Stephen Bouillon, 49, assigned to Internal Affairs, was found dead Monday alongside the body of his longtime girlfriend, Joan McHugh, 47, in their home in Roslyn Heights, L.I., police said.
Both bodies had gunshot wounds to the head.
The Nassau County medical examiner's office yesterday ruled Lieutenant Bouillon's death a suicide and McHugh's death a homicide, according to a spokeswoman, Deborah Finan.
Nassau County police had initially labeled the deaths "two homicides," but it appears that Lieutenant Bouillon fatally shot McHugh before turning the gun on himself.
Police said McHugh had been Lieutenant Bouillon's girlfriend for 22 years, about the same length of time he served in the NYPD.
MCHUGH, JOAN ANNE, RN
New York Times
Paid Notice: Deaths
July 17, 2003
McHUGH--Joan Anne, RN, MS, of Roslyn Heights, NY suddenly on July 14, 2003. Cherished daughter of William and Joan. Loving sister of William Jr. and Janet, Michael, Margaret and Stephen and Matthew and Marianne. Adored aunt of Diana, Kaitlyn and William McHugh, III and Stephen Jr., Nicholas and Taylor Kyriacou. Loving godmother, niece and cousin to many. Graduate of St. Vincent's Medical Center School of Nursing and distinguished partner of Loeb and Troper. Beloved by many friends and business associates whose lives she touched and enriched. Reposing at Mangano Funeral Home Inc., 1701 Deer Park Ave., Deer Park, NY Thursday and Friday 2-5 and 7-9:30PM. Funeral Mass Saturday 10:15AM at Ss. Cyril & Methodius R.C. Church, Deer Park. Interment St. Charles Cemetery, East Farmingdale, New York.
McHUGH--Joan. We are saddened at the tragic loss of our friend and partner, Joan McHugh. It is a great personal loss to all of us. Joan was an exceptional person. A kind, considerate, loving human being who left a real impression on everyone she touched. She was someone who only knew one way--the right way. We will all miss her. Our deepest sympathies are extended to her beloved family.
The Partners and Staff Loeb and Troper
Murder/Suicide in Roslyn Heights
The Roslynn News
By Joe Scotchie
July 18, 2003
A pleasant summer afternoon in Roslyn Heights was shattered by the discovery of an apparent murder/suicide by a New York City police lieutenant who shot his girlfriend before turning a gun on himself.
On Monday, July 14 at around 2:39 p.m., Nassau County police found the bodies of Stephen Bouillon and his girlfriend, Joan McHugh, in the upstairs bedroom of the house they shared on 22 Deepdale Parkway in Roslyn Heights.
Nassau County police had gone to the residence on a request by Lt. Bouillon's colleagues at the NYPD. Lt. Bouillon had not reported to work and his colleagues were concerned about his whereabouts.
According to detectives, police officers from Nassau County's 3rd Precinct then conducted a "well check" search at the house on 22 Deepdale.
Finding the residence secure, the officers climbed onto the first floor roof to gain access through an open second story window, where they discovered the bodies of both Lt. Bouillon and Ms. McHugh. Police confirmed that both decedents had sustained gunshot wounds.
The bodies of the deceased were transported to the Nassau County Medical Examiner's office where an autopsy will determine the exact causes of death. Ms. McHugh was described as Lt. Bouillon's girlfriend of 22 years.
According to published reports, Nassau County police have designated the incident a suicide/homicide after only making a "very preliminary" investigation. A more thorough investigation is ongoing.
Published reports also expressed the shock and surprise felt by both the couple's Roslyn Heights neighbors and Lt. Bouillon's NYPD colleagues after learning about the tragedy.
Lt. Bouillon had been a member of the NYPD since 1980. He became a lieutenant in 1995 and was currently working in the NYPD's Internal Affairs Bureau. Lt. Bouillon had also maintained an apartment in Jamaica, Queens, but spent most of his time at the house in Roslyn Heights. The couple had lived in Roslyn Heights for two years. They were members of the Browers Hill Civic Association.
Finally, published reports also noted that Lt. Bouillon was the second New York City police lieutenant to die on Long Island within the past week.
On Wednesday, July 9, Lt. Theresa Flannery was found dead by Nassau County police in her Bellmore home. It remains unknown whether that death was an accident or a suicide. An investigation of that incident is also ongoing.
New York Times
Paid Notice: Deaths
July 18, 2003
McHUGH--Joan. The Board and Staff of Aging in America and Morningside House Nursing Home extend their condolences to the family of Joan McHugh and her colleagues at Loeb and Troper. Her untimely and tragic passing has made our world poorer, yet we are stronger for having known her. It is our prayer that Joan will be at Peace and that God will hold her in the palm of His hand.
William T. Smith, Ph.D
President/Chief Executive Officer
Suicide Cop's Poison Plot
New York Post
July 19, 2003
Detectives have pieced together the final tragic moments of an NYPD lieutenant and his longtime girlfriend who were found shot to death in their bed, The Post has learned.
Armed with new evidence from the medical examiner, investigators have reconstructed how Lt. Stephen Bouillon initially planned to fatally poison himself and his paramour, Joan McHugh, with carbon monoxide while they slept in their Roslyn Heights, L.I., home.
But instead, he awoke and used a gun to execute her and then himself.
The two - who by all appearances shared an idyllic life - were found lying along side each other. She was on her left side with a wound to the back of her head while Bouillon was discovered lying face down with a frontal head wound.
Sources say before they went to sleep last Sunday evening, Bouillon went outdoors and ran a pool hose from his BMW in the garage to the central air conditioning unit, hoping to fill the house with enough carbon monoxide to kill both him and his paramour of more than 20 years while they slept.
A preliminary test on their bodies has shown traces of carbon monoxide in their blood, but not enough to kill them.
Authorities believe that when Bouillon awoke in the middle of the night and realized his initial plan was not working, he reached for his weapon, shot McHugh, 47, while she was asleep and then turned his gun on himself.
When the usually punctual Bouillon, 49, failed to show up at his Internal Affairs Bureau office at 9 a.m., his supervisors drove out to check up on him.
They heard the muffled sound of the running auto and saw the pool hose running out of the garage door.
Nassau County cops entered, setting off a motion detector on the house alarm before making the grim discovery.
The motive remains a mystery.
The pair had just returned from a Florida vacation, had celebrated Bouillon's upcoming 50th birthday and were making plans to build a pool. The home was owned by McHugh, a former nurse who became a partner at a Manhattan health care consulting firm.
Authorities are checking their phone records and e-mails and talking to doctors to see if a health crisis may have sparked the carnage.
[IN MEMORY OF JOAN ANNE MCHUGH]
Apr. 4, 2006
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
Contact: Lauren Shaham, AAHSA, (202) 508-1219
Sarah Mashburn, 202-508-9492
McHugh Long-Term Care Nursing Academy to Honor Excellence and Promote Leadership in Geriatric Nursing
The Institute for the Future of Aging Services (IFAS) was recently selected by the Joan Anne McHugh Memorial Foundation to establish and manage the new Joan Anne McHugh Long-term Care Nursing Academy. The academy, established in memory of Joan Anne McHugh and her commitment to geriatric nursing, will support the development of quality nurse managers and leaders in aging services.
The academy's mission is to support the development of quality nurse mangers and leaders across long-term care settings through continuing education, research and best practice approaches to geriatric nursing care.
"Joan Anne McHugh was a woman whose compassion, knowledge and professionalism helped elderly patients receive the care and respect that they deserved," Robyn Stone, DrPH, executive director of IFAS and senior vice president of research, AAHSA said. "With this support from the foundation, we will help others understand and value the rewards of working in geriatric nursing."
One of the academy's first initiatives is the report, "Scanning the Field: Nursing Leadership in Long-Term Care." This report explores the landscape of existing management training and leadership development programs and highlights major observations, cross-cutting themes, promising practices and issues for future consideration and action.
Another initiative of the Academy is the Joan Anne McHugh Award for Leadership in long-term care nursing. The award, which includes a $1,000 scholarship, will recognize an outstanding nurse whose practice demonstrates superior knowledge and leadership and enables seniors to enjoy optimum health and quality of life. The nomination process will begin Apr. 4, 2006 during the American Association of Homes and Services for the Aging's (AAHSA) Future of Aging Services Conference. There, geriatric nurses from across the country will learn more about the academy and IFAS' work to achieve its mission.
"We chose IFAS to manage the Academy because we knew it would ensure that Joan's leadership in geriatric care would be perpetuated and that her legacy will continue to benefit the elderly, the nursing profession and the community," Joan M. McHugh said. "IFAS' commitment to evidence-based research on aging services is a perfect fit for the McHugh Academy."
For more information about the Joan Anne McHugh Academy, please visit the IFAS Web site at www.futureofaging.org.
The Institute for the Future of Aging Services (www.futureofaging.org) is a policy research institute whose mission is to create a bridge between the practice, policy and research communities to advance the development of high-quality health, housing and supportive services for America's aging population. IFAS has three signature areas: advancing quality of aging services, developing a quality workforce and enhancing residential options for older adults. IFAS is the applied research arm of the American Association of Homes and Services for the Aging (www.aahsa.org). AAHSA members serve two million people every day through mission-driven, not-for-profit organizations dedicated to providing the services people need, when they need them, in the place they call home. AAHSA's commitment is to create the future of aging services through quality people can trust.
Joan Anne McHugh Long-Term Care Nursing Academy
The McHugh Long-Term Care Nursing Academy was established at IFAS in 2005 to support quality nurse managers in long-term care settings.
The Academy created the Joan Anne McHugh Award for Leadership in Long-Term Care Nursing, which was awarded for the first time in 2006. This annual award recognizes an outstanding nurse who demonstrates:
* Clinical excellence in long-term care nursing.
* Leadership in long-term care nursing.
* Commitment to the profession of long-term care caring.
Nominations are currently being accepted for the 2008 McHugh Award. Download McHugh Award nominations brochure. The nomination deadline is July 11, 2008.
To guide its activities, the Academy has published, Scanning the Field: Nursing Leadership in Long-Term Care. The report explores management training and leadership development programs and highlights major observations, cross-cutting themes, promising practices and issues for future consideration and action.
Contact Alisha Sanders firstname.lastname@example.org about this project.
AAHSA's Joan Anne McHugh Award for Leadership in LTC Nursing
Celebrating Nurse Leaders in Long-Term Care
The Institute for the Future of Aging Services (IFAS)
Thursday, June 5, 2008
Call for Nominations
To acknowledge and encourage long-term care nursing leaders and honor the late Joan Anne McHugh’s leadership and dedication to the field, the American Association of Homes & Services for the Aging (AAHSA) is pleased to announce a call for nominations for the 3rd annual Joan Anne McHugh Award for Leadership in Long-Term Care Nursing.
Award and Recognition
The winner will receive a $1,000 award to be used for professional development opportunities. The award will be presented at AAHSA’s Annual Meeting & Exposition, attended by thousands of aging-services leaders.
Clinical Excellence. Outstanding Leadership.
Commitment to the Long-Term Care Profession.
The Joan Anne McHugh Award recognizes nurses who provide excellent clinical care to their residents, while demonstrating leadership and a commitment to the field of long-term care nursing. Nurses working for AAHSA member organizations and meeting other eligibility criteria may be nominated for this award.
Recognize your rising nurse leader today!
Institute for the Future of Aging Services
is pleased to announce a call for nominations for the 2nd Annual Joan Anne McHugh Award for Leadership in Long-term Care Nursing. This award recognizes nurses who provide excellent clinical care, while demonstrating leadership and a commitment to the field of long-term care nursing. Nurses working for AAHSA member organizations and meeting other eligibility criteria may be nominated. All entries must be postmarked by July 13, 2007. Download the McHugh Award Brochure for complete details.
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