Detective George Caccavale

Detective George Caccavale

New York City Transit Police Department, New York

End of Watch Saturday, June 26, 1976

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George Caccavale

Detective George Caccavale was shot and killed while working an off-duty security job at a cash checking store.

He was guarding a $23,000 payroll when he was confronted by two armed men when he arrived at the store. As he attempted to draw his weapon, he was shot. The subjects then stole his gun and, as he tried to draw his backup weapon, he was shot again. They fled in a car operated by a third man. All three fled empty-handed.

The robbers, 27 and 32, were apprehended in Chicago a few days later after the wife on one informed the police. The driver, 32, of the getaway car was apprehended a month later at his in Manhattan. On December 14, 1977, the two robbers were sentenced to 25 years to life. The getaway driver was sentenced to 20 years to life. In 1988 one of the robbers, 32, was granted a new trial which resulted with the same sentence. As of November 2, 2022, he was still in prison. The other two died in prison, one, 32, on September 30, 2007, and the other on March 20, 2009.

Detective Caccavale had served with the New York City Transit Police Department for 11 years. His wife and daughter survive him.


  • Age 33
  • Tour 11 years
  • Badge 894

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Gun; Unknown type
  • Offender Three sentenced to life

off-duty, secondary employment

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Today on a random trip to NYC I met K9 Vale and his partner. The spirit of fierce protection, loyalty and love was evident. Combined with a gentleness and peace. I was so moved to read the card the officer shared with me. May we all never forget your sacrifice and the lengths you went through daily to keep us all safer. God bless your family and the legacy you left. Thank you for the honor I feel to know your story. You are a hero.

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