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Detective Wasyl Potienko | Cheektowaga Police Department, New York Cheektowaga Police Department, New York


Wasyl Potienko

Cheektowaga Police Department, New York

End of Watch: Tuesday, October 29, 2002

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 44

Tour: 15 years

Badge # Not available

Cause: Automobile crash

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Detective Wasyl Potienko was killed in an automobile accident on Broadway near Lackawana Street.

Detective Potienko was en route to lunch when his unmarked patrol car was struck by a recycling truck and then pushed into the path of an oncoming pickup truck. Detective Potienko was thrown from his car and received fatal injuries. He was transferred to Erie County Medical Center where he succumbed to his injuries a short time later.

Detective Potienko had been a member of the Cheektowaga Police Department for 15 years, and is survived by his wife.

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I said a little prayer today for Detective Potienko and his family. He may be gone but not forgotten. He will always be a New York HERO.

Robyn Wilkes
October 28, 2015


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