Patrolman Keith E. Neumann

Patrolman Keith E. Neumann

Essex County Police Department, New Jersey

End of Watch Thursday, August 3, 1989

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Keith E. Neumann

Patrolman Keith Neumann was accidentally shot and killed by a fellow officer during a pre-dawn drug raid at an apartment at 147 19th Avenue in Irvington, New Jersey.

As the officers entered the narrow hallway of the apartment they were searching, one of their shotguns was accidentally discharged. The shot hit Patrolman Neumann in the back, below his vest.

Patrolman Neumann had served with the Essex County Police Department for three years. He is survived by his wife.


  • Age 24
  • Tour 3 years
  • Badge 101

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire (Inadvertent)

narcotics, search warrant

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"The Final Inspection"
The policeman stood and faced his God,
Which must always come to pass.
He hoped his shoes were shining.
Just as brightly as his brass.
"Step forward now, policeman.
How shall I deal with you?
Have you always turned the other cheek?
To My church have you been true?"
The policeman squared his shoulders and said, "No, Lord, I guess I ain't,
Because those of us who carry badges can't always be a saint.
I've had to work most Sundays,
and at times my talk was rough,
and sometimes I've been violent,
Because the streets are awfully tough.
But I never took a penny,
That wasn't mine to keep....
Though I worked a lot of overtime
When the bills got just too steep.
And I never passed a cry for help,
Though at times I shook with fear.
And sometimes, God forgive me,
I've wept unmanly tears.
I know I don't deserve a place
Among the people here.
They never wanted me around
Except to calm their fear.
If you've a place for me here,
Lord, It needn't be so grand.
I never expected or had too much,
But if you don't.....I'll understand.
There was silence all around the throne
Where the saints had often trod.
As the policeman waited quietly,
For the judgment of his God.
"Step forward now, policeman,
You've borne your burdens well.
Come walk a beat on Heaven's streets,
You've done your time in hell."
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July 5, 2019

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