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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Det. DeGive,
On today, the 90th anniversary of your death I would just like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice for the citizens of New York City.


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