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Patrolman Howard H. Hegerich | New York City Police Department, New York New York City Police Department, New York

Patrolman

Howard H. Hegerich

New York City Police Department, New York

End of Watch: Monday, July 30, 1945

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 24

Tour: Not available

Badge # 19731

Cause: Gunfire

Weapon: Gun; Unknown type

Offender: Sentenced to 25 years

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Patrolman Howard Hegerich was shot and killed after confronting two men who were about to rob a store in the 200 block of 88th Avenue.

Patrolman Hegerich had completed a four to midnight tour and on his way home when he observed four men peering into a restaurant window in the Creedmore section of Queens.

As Patrolman Hegerich approached the men, all four men turned and opened fire, striking Patrolman Hegerich five times. Patrolman Hegerich was able to return fire, but did not strike any of the suspects. All four suspects were arrested two weeks later and charged with murder. They were also linked to a string of local store hold-ups over the preceding few months. All four suspects were later convicted of murder and sentenced to 25 years to life in prison.

Patrolman Hegerich was posthumously awarded the New York City Police Department's Medal of Honor for his actions.

Patrolman Hegerich was assigned to the 28th Precinct.

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This was my uncle that I never met. My mother and Aunt(his sister's) spoke so highly of Howard To be a police office is such an honor and I have the most respect for them all.

Maureen Espositi center
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December 28, 2015

 

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