Officer Harry Cantave

Officer Harry Cantave

New York City Health and Hospitals Police Department, New York

End of Watch Wednesday, August 22, 1990

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Harry Cantave

Officer Harry Cantave was stabbed to death on a subway train in Brooklyn while attempting to stop two juveniles who had just robbed two transit workers and were then attempting to rob him at the Church Avenue Station.

He grabbed one of the suspects in a headlock but the second man pulled a 12-inch butcher knife and stabbed him several times in the chest and back. Officer Cantave was transported to Kings County Medical Center where he succumbed to his wounds two hours later.

Officer Cantave had served with the New York City Health and Hospital Police Department for three years and was assigned to the Cumberland Neighborhood Family Care Center in Brooklyn. He is survived by wife.


  • Age 29
  • Tour 3 years
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Stabbed
  • Weapon Edged weapon; Knife
  • Offender Not available

juvenile offender, off duty, robbery

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Harry, on this day I haven't forgot about you. I remember you as my classmate in the HHC Police Academy. Later on we ran into each other when filing was open for the Sergeants exam. Harry I pray everyday that no one from HHC Police never ever gets seriously hurt or G-d forbid killed in the line of duty. I am still keeping up the fight for MOSs to finally get out of Teamsters Local 237, centralize our department, arm all members, and lastly bring about diversity in the department. Harry, your sacrifice and your service will never ever be forgotten.

Retired Police Officer I. Howard Friedm
NYC Health & Hospitals Corporation

August 29, 2018

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