Sergeant Robert J. Harris

Sergeant Robert J. Harris

Nassau County Police Department, New York

End of Watch Wednesday, May 17, 1978

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Robert J. Harris

Sergeant Harris was killed in a helicopter accident when the police helicopter he was piloting developed engine problems and crashed near the Southern State Parkway. When the helicopter began to experience the engine problem Sergeant Harris declined an emergency landing at a school because children were nearby. The helicopter crashed as he attempted to locate an alternate location to land.

Sergeant Harris had served with the agency for 29 years and was survived by his wife.


  • Age 53
  • Tour 29 years
  • Badge 150

Incident Details

  • Cause Aircraft accident

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Bob Harris and his family lived on my post in Plainview. I knew him well. We even went camping together in upstate NY. He was extremely kind, soft spoken, and I still miss him.

Sgt Frank Kollar (retired)
Nassau County Police Dept, Second Precinct, RMP 219 Plainview

July 29, 2021

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