Officer Harry Cantave

Officer Harry Cantave

New York City Health and Hospital Police Department, New York

End of Watch Wednesday, August 22, 1990

Harry Cantave

Officer Harry Cantave was stabbed to death on a subway train in Brooklyn while attempting to stop two juveniles who had just robbed two transit workers and were then attempting to rob him at the Church Avenue Station.

He grabbed one of the suspects in a headlock but the second man pulled a 12-inch butcher knife and stabbed him several times in the chest and back. Officer Cantave was transported to Kings County Medical Center where he succumbed to his wounds two hours later.

Officer Cantave had served with the New York City Health and Hospital Police Department for three years and was assigned to the Cumberland Neighborhood Family Care Center in Brooklyn. He is survived by wife.


  • Age 29
  • Tour 3 years
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Stabbed
  • Weapon Edged weapon; Knife
  • Offender Not available

juvenile offender, off duty, robbery

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I had been of the job as an NYC H+H Police Officer for only two years when PO Cantave was killed. I attended the funeral in Class A's. It was my first police funeral (sadly, since then I've attended countless). I remember thinking how dangerous our job is, and that each day we go forth into the field, may be our last. I also remember the NYS Police Officer who saluted the caskets as it past, tears running down his cheek. It still chokes me up recalling it.

Yes, we are all brothers and sisters in law enforcement, whether it be in New Mexico or Puerto Rico, Alaska or Hawaii or Los Angeles or New York City...or whether your called Deputy, Peace Officer, Constable, Police, Trooper, Park Police, Municipal Police, Metro, Military Police, etc., etc. we are ALL brothers and sisters. We are all law enforcement officers.

And what happens to one, can happen to any of us, at any time. Because of what we do, which is place our personal safety and life on the line each and every day.

And as this Officer Down Memorial Page demonstrates, sometimes we make the ultimate sacrifice in the defense of the public.

Let's be careful out there. Officer Safety at all times (on or off-duty). NO CALL FOR SERVICE IS ROUTINE.

God bless.

Vincent G. Fraser Sr.
Captain/Commanding Officer, 6th Division,New York City H+H Police/

May 20, 2017

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