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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, it's been 25 years since you were taken from us. I never ever gave up the fight to upgrade the HHC Police and get us out of Teamsters. We are finally closer than ever. I hope in the future I will tell your story in the HHC Police Academy after the HHCPBA takes over. Be rest assured that I will never ever give up the fight. Rest in peace my Brother.

Retired P.O. I. Howard Friedman
NYC HHC Police
August 23, 2015


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