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Patrolman Sterling C. Forden | Buffalo Police Department, New York Buffalo Police Department, New York


Sterling C. Forden

Buffalo Police Department, New York

End of Watch: Saturday, June 23, 1934

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 25

Tour: 1 year

Badge # 732

Cause: Stabbed

Weapon: Edged weapon

Offender: Sentenced to 20 years to life

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Patrolman Forden was stabbed to death by a woman on Luthern Avenue near William Street during a vice raid. Other officers arrested the suspect.

The suspect was convicted of Patrolman Forden's murder and sentenced to 20 years to life in Westfield state prison for women, Bedford Hills, on July 6, 1934.

He had served with the agency for only 1 year and was assigned to the Headquarters Division.

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Officer Forden was married, with a 4 year old son, 3 yr old daughter, and another daughter, born 4 months after his death. It is heartwarming to his family to see him honored and respected even now, so long after his death.

January 3, 2016


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