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Sergeant Robert J. Harris | Nassau County Police Department, New York Nassau County Police Department, New York


Robert J. Harris

Nassau County Police Department, New York

End of Watch: Wednesday, May 17, 1978

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Age: 53

Tour: 29 years

Badge # 150

Cause: Aircraft accident

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Sergeant Harris was killed in a helicopter accident when the police helicopter he was piloting developed engine problems and crashed near the Southern State Parkway. When the helicopter began to experience the engine problem Sergeant Harris declined an emergency landing at a school because children were nearby. The helicopter crashed as he attempted to locate an alternate location to land.

Sergeant Harris had served with the agency for 29 years and was survived by his wife.

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Sgt. Harris died a hero. Not many men can say that. His actiions saved many civilian lives. May he rest in peace!

Ret. Det. Sgt. Nick Riggio
NCPD - Third Squad/ Nar.B
May 17, 2015


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