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Patrolman Charles D. Potter | New York City Police Department, New York New York City Police Department, New York

Patrolman

Charles D. Potter

New York City Police Department, New York

End of Watch: Friday, July 22, 1921

Bio & Incident Details

Age: Not available

Tour: Not available

Badge # 6864

Cause: Drowned

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Patrolman Charles Potter drowned while rescuing his daughter and nephew from drowning.

Patrolman Potter was off-duty and in civilian cloths at West Creak in Babylon, Suffolk County, when he heard his daughter and nephew, who were swimming the the creak, scream for help.

Patrolman Potter entered the water. His nephew was able to swim to the shore on his own, but Patrolman Potter's daughter needed assistance. Patrolman Potter grabbed hold of his daughter and began to move back to the shore. As he moved closer to the shore, he stepped into a hole and was unable to free himself. The water was above his head, so he held his daughter above the water so she could breath. She called out for help and two citizens jumped in the help. They were able to bring Patrolman Potter's daughter to safety, but Patrolman Potter Drowned.

Patrolman Potter was assigned to traffic control on the Queens Borough Bridge. He was survived by his daughter.

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RIP Sir.

Detective Dennis Pothos
Fort Lee, NJ Police Department
July 22, 2015

 

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