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Patrolman Percy Smith | New York City Police Department, New York New York City Police Department, New York


Percy Smith

New York City Police Department, New York

End of Watch: Monday, October 3, 1938

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 29

Tour: 10 years

Badge # 11993

Cause: Automobile crash

Incident Date: 10/1/1938

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Patrolman Smith died of injuries he received two days earlier when he was involved in an automobile accident.

Patrolman Smith was riding in an ambulance, escorting a sandhog (a worker responsible for digging out the tunnel under the East River for the Midtown Tunnel) to the decompression lock at Forty-Second Street and East River Drive, so the worker could be treated for the bends. At Fiftieth Street the ambulance swerved to avoid hitting a car and struck a parked truck, seriously injuring Patrolman Smith and the driver of the ambulance.

Patrolman Smith was removed to Bellevue Hospital where he died two days later from his injuries.

Patrolman Smith had served with the New York City Police Department for 10 years and was assigned to the 24th Precinct. He was survived by his wife and son.

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I said a little prayer today for Patrolman Smith and his family. He may be gone but never forgotten. He will always be a New York HERO.

Robyn Wilkes
September 29, 2015


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