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Auxiliary Sergeant David Freed

New York City Police Department - Auxiliary Police Section, New York

End of Watch Sunday, August 31, 1975

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Reflections for Auxiliary Sergeant David Freed

His NYPD family continues our vow to never forget his service.
A memorial service will be held on this year's anniversary on the 31st of August 2022 at 1600hrs at the site of his death.
Continue to Rest In Peace Sgt. Freed.

Reserve Inspector Andrew Roberts
New York City Police Department (NYPD)

August 23, 2022

Thank you for your service

Nick mottola

August 31, 2020

Rest in peace always knowing that your service and sacrifice will never, ever be forgotten by your law enforcement brethren.

Detective Cpl/3 Steven Rizzo
Delaware State Police (Retired)

August 31, 2020

I was there that night you died in Central Park. You were in charge and had just taken over our station at the lake. I was in the car that took Beth to hospital. I sat next to your father and tried to comfort him in the squad car on the way to the hospital because most of the NYPD female officers had been laid off. Your memory will live with me and I shall never forget you, brother. The memory will always be raw for me. RIP

Off Pamela Gardner Aux.

August 19, 2020

Today I remember Sgt. Freed and his courage. I was once an Auxiliary Police Officer for Nassau County Police and the City of Long Beach Police. I was also a NYC Health & Hospitals Corporation Police Officer and know firsthand what it is like to be treated as a fourth class citizen by the City of New York. I only wish that the New York Peace Officers Benevolent
Association was in existence back then and maybe there would have never been any LODs in the NYPD Auxiliary as well as the NYC Health & Hospitals Corporation Police. I will work in your honor Sgt.Freed to make the working conditions for NYPD Auxiliary better by getting them full arrest authority, right to carry firearms, right to issue summonses, and finally respect from the regular members of the NYPD.

P.O. I. Howard Friedman
NYC Health & Hospitals Corporation PD

September 1, 2019

I am a former Auxiliary Police Officer for the Nassau County and City of Long Beach Police Departments. On this day I remember Officer David Freed as a hero who should never ever be forgotten. I am also a retired NYC Health & Hospitals Corporation Police Officer and know firsthand what is liked to be treated as a "fourth class' citizen working for the City. I make this promise in your memory that the New York Peace Officers Benevolent Association will work tirelessly to get the status, equipment, authority, and lastly the respect that NYPD Auxiliary have been denied for over fifty years. Rest in peace Brother David Freed you will never ever be forgotten.

Retired Police Officer Howard Friedman
NYC Health & Hospitals Corporation

August 31, 2019

Rest In Peace Brother in Blue. Thank you Hero and your family for your sacrifice and service. Never forgotten.

Officer Mike Robinson (Ret.)
Upland Police Dept. CA

August 31, 2019

Auxiliary Sergeant David Freed, thank you for your service to the people of NYC. May your soul rest in Heaven.

First Sergeant Thomas Webb (Retired)
New York State Police - Troop D

February 19, 2018

Still think about David. Still miss telling you that the NYC Bike Patrol was way more of a deterrent than you guys tooling around Central Park in those day glo blue Plymouths were! You are missed by many my man!

Patrolman (Retired) Hugh Hamilton

January 2, 2018

Losing a fellow officer is always sad. I remember hearing about you in my early days. How you were killed in the line of duty. I had the privilege of patrolling your neighboring precinct the 20 pct. I also remember your name being called at the memorial service. You will always be honored and remembered. Thank you for your dedication to the department.

Auxiliary Sergeant M Toledo
NYPD Auxiliary Police

August 31, 2017

Rest in peace.

Lt. Jim Russo

August 31, 2017

We got it from here brother thanks for your sevices even tho is years later we will never forget

NYPD Aux David Lora

November 7, 2016

Sergeant Freed was my friend. I will always have fond memories of him and his great sense of humor. I will always miss him. Rest in peace brother

Patrolman (Retired) Hugh Hamilton

March 14, 2016

I will ensure we do a moment of silence and read a memorial in A/Sgt. Freed's honor tonight at roll call in the 114th Precinct in Astoria.

APO Emmanuel Tambakakis
NYPD Auxiliary 114 Pct

September 4, 2015

Tonight at the Central Park Precinct a moment of silence was held at the Auxiliary Police Roll Call and at beginning of all tours at CPP, for the 40th anniversary of the Line of Duty death of NYPD A/Sgt David Freed CPP. He was killed while on patrol in Central Park on Sunday August 31, 1975 by an EDP. He was the first Auxiliary Police Officer killed in the Line of Duty. We will never forget our fallen brother.

A/Insp Roger Thomas CPP
NYPD Auxiliary Police

August 31, 2015

Today is the 40th Anniversary as we remember one of our fellow NYPD Officers - Auxiliary Sergeant David Freed who was assigned to the Central Park Precinct. Sgt. Freed, who died in the line of duty 40 years ago, gave the ultimate sacrifice while in the performance of his duty to help protect the public.

Auxiliary Sgt. Freed was the first N.Y.P.D. Auxiliary Officer killed in the line of duty in the history of New York City.

Let us remember him not only for his sacrifice, but also for his dedicated service as a Volunteer Police Officer.

At age 20, he was promoted as a Sergeant in less than two years of service. He received two citations and five commendations during his short tenure. He put himself in dangers way to protect and save his partner’s life during that dark day when we lost him.

Sgt. Freed’s heroism and brave service will always be remembered. We want to thank him sincerely for his devotion and ultimate sacrifice. Sgt. Freed’s family here at the Central Park Precinct still and will forever remembers him.

At all our roll calls today, his name and bravery will be mentioned to all the Officers here at the Central Park Precinct and we will have a moment of silence in his memory. Please take a moment to pause and reflect to remember Auxiliary Sergeant David Freed.

Gone, But Never Forgotten.

Police Officer H. Chung
New York Police Department - Central Park Precinct Aux Coordinator

August 31, 2015

I still remember you from when you were my counselor at Doc Winters. You made a big impression on a little kid. Thank you for everything you did in such a short time.


December 2, 2014

Rest in peace and Olav Hashalom Auxiliary Sergeant Freed. Your commitment won't be forgotten.

Rabbi Lewis S. Davis

August 20, 2014

Our time together were the best times of my
life. I miss you dearly.

Auxiliary Lt.
In my heart forever

March 31, 2014

To fully appreciate the heroes of the present, we must recognize our heroes of the past. Your heroism and service is honored today, the 38th anniversary year of your death. I am privilige to leave a tribute to you. Your memory lives and you continue to inspire. Thank you for your service. My cherished son Larry Lasater was a fellow police officer who was murdered in the line of duty on April 24, 2005 while serving as a Pittsburg, CA police officer.

Time never diminishes respect. Your memory will always be honored and revered. Rest In Peace.

Phyllis Lasater Loya
mom of fallen Pittsburg (CA) officer Larry Lasater

April 23, 2013

Coach David, you were my football coach. Then and now we were/are proud of you.

football player
football player

November 18, 2011

Sgt. Freed, you are not forgotten. Thank you for your service to our country and the NYPD.

SSA Ellen Pierson

November 28, 2010

I said a little prayer today for Auxiliary Sergeant Freed and his family. He may be gone but never forgotten. He will always be a New York HERO.

Robyn Wilkes

August 19, 2009

Sgt. Freed,
On today, the 33rd anniversary of your death I would just like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice for the citizens of New York City. And to your family and loved ones, I wish to extend my deepest sympathy.



August 31, 2008

"The Badge"

He starts his shift each day
To respond to calls unknown.
He drives a marked patrol car.
A police officer he is known.

He's paid by the citizens' taxes
To make it safe on the streets.
But he usually has a second job
'Cause a waitress has his salary beat.

Now he doesn't know a holiday
'Cause he works all year round.
And when Thanksgiving and Christmas finally arrive
At his home he cannot be found.

He's cursed and assaulted often,
The one whos blood runs blue.
He seldom ever gets a thanks,
To some he's just a fool.

His friends are always other cops
'Cause people just don't understand
That underneath his badge and gun,
He's just another man.

He knows there might not be a tomorrow
In this world of drugs and crime.
And he gets so mad at the court system
'Cause the crooks don't get any time.

And each day when he leaves for work,
He prays to God above.
Please bring me home after my shift
So I can see the ones I love.

But tonight he stops a speeding car,
He's alone down this ole' highway.
It's just a little traffic infraction.
He does it everyday.

Well, he walks up to the driver's window,
And his badge is shining bright.
He asked the guy for a driver's license,
When a shot rang through the night.

Yes, the bullet hit its mark,
Striking the officer in the chest.
But the Department's budget didn't buy
Each officer a bullet-proof vest.

So he lay on the ground bleeding.
His blood wasn't blue - His blood was red.
And briefly he thought of his loved ones
'Cause in a moment the officer was dead.

In the news they told the story
Of how this officer had died.
And some who listened cared less,
But those who loved him cried.

Well, they buried him in uniform
With his badge pinned on his chest.
He even had his revolver,
He died doing his best.

Written By:
David L. Bell
Richland County Sheriff's Department
Columbia, South Carolina
Used with Special Permission of the Author
Copyright © 1999 - All Rights Reserved
and may not be duplicated without permission

Investigator David L Bell
Richland County Sheriff's Dept., Columbia, SC

January 2, 2008

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