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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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Officer Cantave, today marks the 26th anniversary of your murder.

I leave a second reflection not only to acknowledge your sacrifice again, but to cite something I find touching.

Every agency that loses an Officer, regardless of rank or title, has plenty of folks from that agency leave Reflections, but I have noticed over the years that, the most consistent and frequent are from and for Hospital Corporation Police personnel. It shows beyond a shadow of a doubt that, regardless of the size of your agency (and it's safe to say there are a lot of you) you are a tight knit group and there is a lot of love and respect amongst you. That is a beautiful thing and worthy of praise.

Officer Cantave, God Bless you, Brother and all of your colleagues, both working and retired, living and deceased.

Ptl. Jim Leahy, Jr.
Harvard University Police Dept.
August 22, 2016


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