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Patrolman George M. Sechler | New York City Police Department, New York New York City Police Department, New York

Patrolman

George M. Sechler

New York City Police Department, New York

End of Watch: Sunday, April 14, 1907

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 30

Tour: Not available

Badge # 2075

Cause: Gunfire

Weapon: Gun; Unknown type

Offender: Executed in 1909

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Patrolman Sechler and Patrolman Alfred Selleck were shot and killed by two brothers who had just shot and killed a man after an altercation in Washington Square Park. After shooting the man in the park the brothers fled on foot with a Sergeant and Patrolman in pursuit.

Patrolman Sechler and Selleck were on duty just a few blocks away when they heard the shots and saw the suspects running towards them. Both Patrolman Sechler and Selleck chased the suspects into a tenement house at 230-232 Thompson Street.

The brothers fled up the stairs, but were trapped at the top when they came to a locked door. As Patrolman Sechler and Selleck approached the brothers turned and opened fire. Patrolman Selleck was struck two times and fell down the stairs tot he stoop. As the suspect was about the fire a third time Patrolman Sechler threw his body across his partner to shield him, but was himself hit in the stomach. Before he collapsed he was able to strike the suspect several times about the head and body with his Billy club, knocking the suspect nearly unconscious.

As Patrolman Sechler fell to the stoop, the Sergeant who had been in pursuit of the suspects was able to take the suspect into custody.

Both Patrolman were removed to Saint Vincent’s hospital. Patrolman Sechler died a few hours later and Patrolman Selleck died two days later. Both officers had been assigned to the 16th Precinct.

The suspect was convicted of both murders and executed at Sing Sing Prison on February 1, 1909.

Patrolman Sechler was survived by his wife.

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End of Watch: Tuesday, April 16, 1907
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Your heroism and service is honored today, the 105th anniversary of your death. Your memory lives and you continue to inspire. Thank you for your service. My cherished son Larry Lasater was a fellow police officer who was murdered in the line of duty on April 24, 2005 while serving as a Pittsburg, CA police officer.

Time never diminishes respect. Your memory will always be honored and revered.

Rest In Peace.

Phyllis Loya
Mom of fallen California Officer Larry Lasater, Pittsburg PD, eow 4/24/05
April 14, 2012

 

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