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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

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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

Incident Date: 8/22/1990

Weapon: Edged weapon; Knife

Suspect: 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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My deepest condolences to the family, members of the department, and those served, at the loss of this officer, your convictions and moral character, as well as your devotion to duty. May you now rest in peace, knowing your fellow brothers and sisters will watch over your family, this officer chose to protect his fellow man, and for this we give everlasting thanks. As the Good Lord hath said, “Blessed are the Peacemakers.”

Sergeant
ACS Police DYFJ
June 1, 2013

 

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