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Police Officer Raymond R. Cannon, Jr. | New York City Police Department, New York New York City Police Department, New York

Police Officer

Raymond R. Cannon, Jr.

New York City Police Department, New York

End of Watch: Friday, December 2, 1994

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 26

Tour: 4 years

Badge # 20811

Cause: Gunfire

Weapon: Handgun; 9 mm

Offender: Shot and killed

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Officer Raymond Cannon was shot and killed when he and his partner responded to a call to investigate a suspicious person at a bicycle shop. He and his partner entered the store and asked the clerk if there were any problems. As the clerk responded that was not a problem one of four suspects stepped from behind a pillar located behind the counter and opened fire, striking Officer Cannon in the face. Officer Cannon's partner returned fire, striking the suspect eight times.

Officer Cannon's partner then attempted to move his body from the store. When he was unable to he retreated from the store and called for backup. Within a minute other officers arrived and they re-entered the store and retrieved Officer Cannon's body. The other three suspects were apprehended in the basement of the building.

Officer Cannon and his partner both received the department's Medal of Honor for their heroic actions. Officer Cannon had been with the agency for four years and was survived by his wife.

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Ray is my oldest friend. Living in the same neighborhood in Long Island suburbia, I met Ray before kindergarten. For years, Ray and I walked to school, stopping at the candy store on the way, laughed more than we learned and played. Man, did we play. Fall was football, spring was baseball, any season was street hockey and when it was cold enough we skated where we could: ponds, sumps, the ice ring his dad made in the back yard. With the 5 Cannon brothers, our friends and school mates there were always plenty of players to field teams. Summers were spent riding bikes, swimming and traipsing through the woods. Winters were for snowball fights and building snow forts.

Time marched on and we gracefully surrendered the things of youth. Ray went his way, I went mine. He became a police officer in New York, I moved off to Connecticut. But I still fondly think back to those innocent days where our biggest concern was how to best make a curve in a Mylec hockey stick blade.

After 23 years I am still haunted by the senselessness of his death. I am grateful to those who choose to protect and serve but saddened that Ray was taken from all of us too soon.

I hope that Mark, Michael, Jerry and David are well and that Ray is at peace. I think of him often.

David Gaiewski
Childhood Friend
October 2, 2017

 

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