Sergeant Robert J. Harris

Sergeant Robert J. Harris

Nassau County Police Department, New York

End of Watch Wednesday, May 17, 1978

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 laid down his life to"Protect and Serve" He was the essence of a hero. A generous and considerate gentleman,I enjoyed knowing and working with him, as all who knew him. I think and speak of him often.God bless you Bob and rest in peace.

Sgt(retired)Errol Ross
NCPD-8th Pct

May 17, 2016

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