Police Officer Joseph Daniel Corr

Police Officer Joseph Daniel Corr

New Hartford Police Department, New York

End of Watch Monday, February 27, 2006

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Joseph Daniel Corr

Officer Joseph Corr was shot and killed following a vehicle pursuit of two men who had just robbed a jewelry store.

Part of a four-man crew, the suspects committed the robbery on Commercial Drive in the town of New Hartford and were escaping when Officer Corr arrived on the scene. Officer Corr and other officers pursued two of the suspects in their vehicle for approximately three miles along Route 5 until it crashed into a service station gas pump. Both suspects exited the vehicle and began to flee on foot.

Three officers chased one suspect who was apprehended. Officer Corr pursued the second suspect. During the foot pursuit, the suspect opened fire and killed Officer Corr. He then carjacked a vehicle and fled.

The suspect was tracked to a house in Chester City, Pennsylvania. As members of the United States Marshals Service, Chester City Police Department, Pennsylvania State Police, and the Delaware County Sheriff's Department surrounded the house, the suspect opened fire. He was shot and killed in an exchange of gunfire with the officers in which a United States Deputy Marshal was wounded.

The apprehended suspect was charged with second-degree murder. In January 2007 he was convicted of murder and 18 counts of robbery and was subsequently sentenced to 300 years in prison. In July 2009 three additional suspects were charged federally with conspiracy, robbery, and murder. In July 2011 all three were convicted and sentenced to life in prison with no parole.

In May 2008 State Route 840 was renamed the Officer Joseph D. Corr Memorial Highway.

Officer Corr had served with the New Hartford Police Department for 6 years. He is survived by his wife, infant daughter, parents and two sisters.


  • Age 30
  • Tour 6 years
  • Badge 125

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Gun; Unknown type
  • Offender Shot and killed

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Deputy killed a century ago, honored in ceremony

MEMORIAL UNVEILED — David Corr, himself the father of a slain police officer, unveiled the new memorial plaque for Oneida County Sheriff’s Deputy Charles Krammerlohr, who was killed in the line of duty 100 years ago Thursday. The new memorial will sit alongside Krammerlohr’s original headstone on the right.

Posted Friday, July 9, 2021
Rome Sentinel News

UTICA — Killed in the line of duty 100 years ago attempting to stop some bootleggers, Oneida County Sheriff’s Deputy Charles Kammerlohr was honored on Thursday at his gravesite in the Forest Hills Cemetery.

A new memorial plaque has also been added to his plot to mark the centennial anniversary.

According to history, Deputy Charles “Charlie” Kammerlohr and his partner pulled over a suspected bootlegging truck on Whitesboro Street in Utica on July 8, 1921, within the first years of Prohibition. Authorities said Kammerlohr stepped up onto the truck’s running board and was immediately blasted with gunfire, shooting him in the heart.

Officials said Kammerlohr was able to get a few shots off as he fell, wounding both suspects — one of whom would die from his injuries two days later.

Kammerlohr died as he hit the ground, officials said, the first member of the Oneida County Sheriff’s Office to be killed in the line of duty. He was 37.

“Deputy Kammerlohr fought for our community. His sacrifice will never be forgotten,” said Utica Mayor Robert Palmieri at a memorial service on Wednesday.

To commemorate the 100th anniversary of Kammerlohr’s death, the Officer Joseph D. Corr Foundation purchased a new memorial plaque and gravestone to sit alongside Kammerlohr’s original headstone at the Forest Hills Cemetery on Oneida Street.

The new plaque and gravestone were unveiled on Wednesday at a small memorial service, attended by local law enforcement leaders and the families of other recently slain officers.

“We do this so that we will keep a promise to never forget their memories,” said David Corr at the ceremony.

New Hartford Police Officer Joseph D. Corr was shot in the line of duty chasing a carload of thieves on Feb. 26, 2006. His parents, David and Kathleen Corr, now run a foundation in his name to memorialize and remember other fallen officers.

David Corr said his organization helped clean up the Kammerlohr plot in the cemetery.

The Corrs were joined on Wednesday by the families of Sheriff’s Deputy Kurt B. Wyman, who was killed on June 7, 2011, and Whitesboro Patrolman Kevin F. Crossley, who was killed on April 11, 2018. Corr said they were unable to find any surviving members of Kammerlohr’s family. The ceremony was attended by members of the Rome, Utica and New Hartford police departments, as well as the state police, Department of Environmental Conservation Police, the Sheriff’s Office and security from Hamilton College.

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July 9, 2021

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