Detective Wasyl Potienko

Detective Wasyl Potienko

Cheektowaga Police Department, New York

End of Watch Tuesday, October 29, 2002

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Wasyl Potienko

Detective Wasyl Potienko was killed in an automobile accident on Broadway near Lackawanna Street.

Detective Potienko was en route to lunch when his unmarked patrol car was struck by a recycling truck and then pushed into the path of an oncoming pickup truck. Detective Potienko was thrown from his car and received fatal injuries. He was transferred to Erie County Medical Center where he succumbed to his injuries a short time later.

Detective Potienko had served with the Cheektowaga Police Department for 15 years. He is survived by his wife.


  • Age 44
  • Tour 15 years
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Automobile crash

vehicle crash

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Det. Potienko,
On today, the 20th anniversary of your death I would just like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice for the citizens of Cheektowaga. And to your Family and loved ones, I wish to extend my deepest sympathy.


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October 29, 2022

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