Patrolman Stephen P. Hardenbrook

Patrolman Stephen P. Hardenbrook

New York Municipal Police Force, New York

End of Watch Wednesday, April 15, 1857

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Stephen P. Hardenbrook

Patrolman Stephen Hardenbrook died after being stabbed with a 5-inch long dagger while attempting to arrest two burglars.

Patrolman Hardenbrook was on foot patrol at 0100 hours when he observed the two men coming from a closed clothing store at 295 West Street holding clothing. When he attempted to arrest the subjects, one of the men fled and the other began to struggle. The second suspect returned and stabbed Patrolman Hardenbrook as the Patrolman struggled with the first subject. Both men then fled.

A Patrolman found Patrolman Hardenbrook lying on the sidewalk and took him to his home where he succumbed to his wound approximately three hours later.

Patrolman Hardenbrook served with the New York Municipal Police Force for three years and was assigned to the 9th Ward (present-day 6th Precinct). His wife and child survived him.


  • Age 31
  • Tour 3 years
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Stabbed
  • Weapon Edged weapon; Knife
  • Offender Fled the scene

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Patrolman Hardenbrook, today marks the 164th anniversary of your murder. We can only hope that the two thugs responsible for your death met true justice, if not in this life, then in the next.

God Bless you, Brother and may you forever Rest in Peace.

Ptl. Jim Leahy, Jr.
Harvard University Police Department

April 15, 2021

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