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Officer Harry Cantave | New York City Health and Hospital Police Department, New York New York City Health and Hospital Police Department, New York


Harry Cantave

New York City Health and Hospital Police Department, New York

End of Watch: Wednesday, August 22, 1990

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 29

Tour: 3 years

Badge # Not available

Cause: Stabbed

Weapon: Edged weapon; Knife

Offender: Not available

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Officer Harry Cantave was stabbed to death on a subway train in Brooklyn while attempting to stop two men who had just robbed two transit workers and were then attempting to rob him. Officer Cantave 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 been with the agency for 3 years and was assigned to the Cumberland Neighborhood Family Care Center in Brooklyn. He was survived by wife.

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Harry today is 24 years that you were taken from us. On the night that you were killed I was off duty and heard about your murder on Eyewitness News at 11. I drove to Kings County Hospital and met up with Rev. Robert Forster who was our Chief Chaplain at that time and we prayed together at your side in the Medical Examiners office. I made this promise to Rev. Forster and I will reiterate again: As long as G-d allows me to breathe, and still fight I will continue to fight the injustices that still plague the HHC Police Department by both the Health & Hospitals Corporation and Teamsters Local #237. I will continue to tell your storyand make sure that everyone knows what a great man you were and how proud I am that we were Academy classmates.

Retired I. Howard Friedman
Health & Hospitals Corporation Police Department
August 22, 2014


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