Patrolman Henry E. A. Meyer

Patrolman Henry E. A. Meyer

New York City Police Department, New York

End of Watch Friday, September 16, 1927

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Henry E. A. Meyer

Patrolman Henry "Big Hen" Meyer was shot and killed by one of two men he was attempting to arrest for robbery.

The subjects had robbed two women who were praying in a cemetery and locked them in a mausoleum. Patrolman Meyer was killed as he attempted to arrest the subjects.

Both suspects, 18 and 22, were convicted of second-degree murder on October 8, 1927. The gunman was sentenced to 50 years to life. His accomplice was sentenced to 45 years to life.

Patrolman Meyer had served with the New York City Police Department for 13 years and was assigned to the 54th Precinct, the present-day 104th Precinct. He was survived by his wife and brother, who also served with the NYPD.


  • Age 41
  • Tour 13 years
  • Badge 6427

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Gun; Unknown type
  • Offender Sentenced to life

arrest attempt, off duty, robbery

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Wednesday, 10/25/2023

Today we gathered at 80th Ave and Cypress Hills St for a street renaming for fallen Patrolman Henry E. A. Meyer. We will never forget his sacrifice.


We gathered today at the corner of Cypress Hills Street and 80th Ave in Queens, NY, for the Street Renaming Ceremony in honor of Patrolman Henry Meyer.

Patrolman Meyer was killed in the line of duty and we uphold our solemn vow to #NeverForget his ultimate sacrifice.


Deputy Chief Chaplain Father George Anastasiou joined with family, friends and colleagues to celebrate the life and legacy of hero @NYPD104Pct Patrolman Henry E. A. Meyer during a Street Renaming Ceremony. We will #NeverForget.


Today, the corner of 80th Avenue & Cypress Hills Street in Liberty Park has been renamed as "Patrolman Henry E.A. Meyer Way."

In 1927, Patrolman Meyer made the ultimate sacrifice while trying to arrest two criminals who robbed women praying in a cemetery. His name will forever be memorialized and his sacrifice remembered.

Thank you to all those who participated in the ceremony.

Retired Police Officer

October 25, 2023

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