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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

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 53

Tour: 29 years

Badge # 150

Cause: Aircraft accident

Incident Date: 5/17/1978

Weapon: Not available

Suspect: Not available

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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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I have not thought about this accident in many years since I witnessed it on that day. My little league team was playing a game on Duckpond field when the helicopter spun and crashed on the clover leaf of the Southern State Parkway. My father, a NYC Police Officer, was one of the first to respond. Sergeant Harris could very well have saved our lives that day as the baseball field, if empty, would have been the best option at that point.

RIP Sergeant Harris and thank you.

Chris H.
October 22, 2013


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