Detective William H. DeGive

Detective William H. DeGive

New York City Police Department, New York

End of Watch Sunday, June 28, 1931

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William H. DeGive

Detective William DeGive died from a gunshot wound received when he was attempting to make a robbery arrest.

On March 3, 1931, Detective William DeGive encountered two men running from the scene of a holdup in a dance hall at 125th Street and Lenox Avenue, Manhattan. Shots were exchanged and Detective DeGive was wounded. He died four months later from his wounds.

Detective DeGive was posthumously awarded the New York City Police Department Medal of Honor for his actions.

Detective DeGive was assigned to the M.O.D.D. Unit.


  • Age 24
  • Tour Not available
  • Badge 1187

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Gun; Unknown type
  • Offender Not available

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Time may have passed but you are not forgotten. I believe as long as someone remembers you or speaks your name, you are still with us.
Thank you for your heroism.
GOD Bless

Detention Officer A.Zambito

July 4, 2015

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