Guard John Hartye

Guard John Hartye

New York State Department of Correctional Services, New York

End of Watch Monday, April 14, 1941

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John Hartye

Guard John Hartye was shot and killed by three inmates who had smuggled revolvers into Sing Sing State Prison in an attempt to escape from the prison hospital.

After making the escape the convicts encountered Officer James Fagan, of the Ossining Police Department, and another officer. During ensuing shootout Officer Fagan and one of the convicts were shot and killed.

The other two were arrested and convicted of murdering Guard Hartyre, sentenced to death, and both were executed on June 11th, 1942. Neither prisoner was tried for murdering Officer Fagan.


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Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Handgun; Revolver
  • Offender Executed in 1942

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Hi . The Late Prison Officer John Hayrte RIP Was My Mums Great Uncle . When I Was A Child I Remember Her Speaking Of Him . It Is Amazing To Read About His Dedication And Herosim.

Elizabeth Kennedy Nee English
He Was My Great Great Uncle .

November 20, 2020

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