Auxiliary Sergeant David Freed

Auxiliary Sergeant David Freed

New York City Police Department - Auxiliary Police Section, New York

End of Watch Sunday, August 31, 1975

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David Freed

Auxiliary Sergeant Freed was killed after being hit over the head with his nightstick.

Sergeant Freed and his partner were in their patrol car at 72nd Street and East Drive in Central Park when a nude man approached their vehicle from the rear, opened the door, and took Sergeant Freed's nightstick. Sergeant Freed and his partner exited their vehicle to arrest the suspect but were attacked with the nightstick. Sergeant Freed's partner received a laceration to the head and was treated. Sergeant Freed died as a result of the wounds inflicted on him. The suspect was arrested when backup officers arrived on the scene.

The 18-year-old suspect was convicted of second-degree murder and sentenced to life. He was paroled on March 24, 1992.

Sergeant Freed had been with the New York City Police Department - Auxiliary Police Section for two years and had received two merit citations and five commendations during his tour as a New York City Auxiliary Officer. He was survived by his fiancée, an Auxiliary Police Officer, and his parents.


  • Age 20
  • Tour 2 years
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Assault
  • Weapon Officer's nightstick
  • Offender Paroled in 1992

patrol, arrest attempt

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You are always remembered and Never Forgotten Sergeant Freed. The program for the better because of you. That was your lasting legacy. I was blessed and privileged to be able to visit your memorial plaque and photo at the central park precinct recently to pay my respects. Through research in the newspapers and hearing stories from people that knew you, I was happy to hear that your fiancée at the time and partner that night honored your legacy and became a NYC Corrections Officer, Retiring After 20 Years. She never remarried. You were the love of her life! A week after your passing, two letters came in the mail, 1 for Nassau County Police Officer & The Other U.S. Postal Police Officer. I know if you lived, you would have made a great career! APS remembered you last year with a beautiful ceremony honoring your sacrifice. They even found your fiancée after 45 years of searching.... if only your parents were alive to see the tributes that the city showed you. Rest Easy Sergeant Freed! We honor, We Respect, We Remember You!

Retired NYPD Auxiliary Police Sergeant C
NYPD Auxiliary Police- 68th Precinct Auxiliary Unit

December 5, 2023

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