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Patrolman Martin A. Hanke | New York City Police Department, New York New York City Police Department, New York


Martin A. Hanke

New York City Police Department, New York

End of Watch: Tuesday, October 18, 1938

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 39

Tour: 9 years

Badge # 6751

Cause: Gunfire (Accidental)

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Patrolman Hanke was accidentally shot and killed at a police firing range in the basement of the Fourteenth Regiment Armory in Brooklyn. Patrolman Hanke was serving as a pistol instructor when he was accidentally shot by a recruit. Patrolman Hanke had given the "fire" command to the recruit in the next lane over. The other recruit was startled by the command and accidentally pulled the trigger, striking Patrolman Hanke in the abdomen.

Patrolman Hanke was assigned to the Fourth Avenue Precinct (modern day 68th Precinct) but had been temporarily assigned as a pistol instructor. He had been with the agency for nine years and was survived by his wife and 5-year-old daughter.

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Rest In Peace Brother. Thank you and your family for your service and sacrifice. You will not be forgotten.

Officer Mike Robinson, (Ret)
Upland Police Dept. CA
October 18, 2017


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