Family, Friends & Fellow Officers Remember...

Police Officer Jeff B. Herman

New York City Police Department, New York

End of Watch Friday, June 2, 1989

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Reflections for Police Officer Jeff B. Herman

I'm 10 days late Jeff, but only in writing this, I held you near on the 2nd, I always hold you near, but you know that. How brilliant your essence must glow knowing the impact you left in this existence in the short life-time you existed here. Even after all of these many years you're remembered by countless people with so much endearing love, respect, fond memories and a knowing of the positive impact you had, and set out to have starting at a very young age, always concerned for everyone, keeping an eye on the youth center and more... and you were just a kid yourself at that time.

You'll never be forgotten, forever a blessed part of childhood, forever an Angel, forever Chachi.

Much love Jeff.

Kimberly Friedson
Friend and Neighbor

June 12, 2021

I'm 10 days late Jeff, but only in writing this, I held you near on the 2nd, I always hold you near, but you know that. How brilliant your essence must glow knowing the impact you left in this existence in the short life-time you existed here. Even after all of these many years you're remembered by countless people with so much endearing love, respect, fond memories and a knowing of the positive impact you had, and set out to have starting at a very young age, always concerned for everyone, keeping an eye on the youth center and more... and you were just a kid yourself at that time.

You'll never be forgotten, forever a blessed part of childhood, forever an Angel, forever Chachi.

Much love Jeff.

Kimberly Friedson
Childhood Friend

June 12, 2021

I'm 10 days late Jeff, but only in writing this, I held you near on the 2nd, I always hold you near, but you know that. How brilliant your essence must glow knowing the impact you left in this existence in the short life-time you existed here. Even after all of these many years you're remembered by countless people with so much endearing love, respect, fond memories and a knowing of the positive impact you had, and set out to have starting at a very young age, always concerned for everyone, keeping an eye on the youth center and more... and you were just a kid yourself at that time.

You'll never be forgotten, forever a blessed part of childhood, forever an Angel, forever Chachi.

Much love Jeff.

Kimberly Friedson
Childhood friend

June 12, 2021

Rest easy

Mark Mottola

June 2, 2020

Jeff I was there night that you passed I was with Stephen McDonald I was his chauffeur and bodyguard if I remember correctly we both attended your inspectors funeral I know Stephen was pretty broken up I hope things with your family work out I know it's been a long time God bless you

Robert Dalia
NYPD

June 2, 2020

Never Forgotten, RIP

Retired PO
New York City Police Department

June 2, 2020

Uncle Jeff,

Thinking of you as always. There are so many stories I wish I could tell you about work and so much advice I wish I could ask you for. Our birthday is in just a few days and this year I get to spend it doing what I love: serving the community and following in your footsteps. I am always trying to make you and the 71 family proud. I know you are with me every tour. Thank you for protecting me and guiding me.

I love you always and happy early birthday xoxo

PO Cannon, NYPD
Niece

April 28, 2020

Jeff, no anniversary today, but you are not forgotten brother. With your fellow heroes, Gary Coe, Tony Mosomillo and Bobby Parker, please watch over the NYPD especially the MOS of the 67 & 71 Precinct.

Ret Sgt Kevin Swenson
BSND, NYPD

June 28, 2019

Officer Herman,
On today, the 30th 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.

BPA Mike Casey
United States Border Patrol
El Paso Station

June 2, 2019

You’ll always be part of my life Jeff. You saved my ass in the middle of a riot at Wingate HS in 1988 - and I’ll never forget that. Cops cop is what you will always remain! Thank you Jeff - my son is 24 now and knows all about you. I was a able to give testimony as a witness to the portion of your life that had me part of. Rest easy Jeff. ♥️

PO Craig H. Brockman (ret)
NYPD

December 6, 2018

Jeff, I just welcomed my 10th grandchild. He, like all the others, will be shown your face on Bedford Avenue, your honors on the 71 Memorial Wall, and your Tree outside the 71 Stationhouse. He will be told of your bravery, and the terrible hurt that smothered the 71 when we lost you. He, like the others, will also be told how you have been honored and never forgotten all these years. And he will be taught how men like you live on in the hearts and minds of your family and the men and women who served with you. God Bless!!!

Bobby
71

October 23, 2018

My 50th Birthday Jeff Thank you for Your Service Daddy Jeff, I Love you More!& Tony Bournincountri your partner! Keep that hose on Irinka& wells Fargo Scam.

Ming Rowell
The Process Church vs 315 Hudson Street Lies

October 2, 2018

My Hero who raised me since i was12 years old

Ming Rowell
NYPD Tax # 336773

August 29, 2018

Our Friend Jeff, we remember you always. A great guy who has been taken to soon. Cant believe it’s been 29 yrs., it seems like yesterday.

The Fusco’s

June 3, 2018

I worked with Jeff in the 71Pct. He was a good street cop and a real good guy. Rest In Peace Bud, Cheers

Retired Detective George Gunn
NYPD

June 2, 2018

Jeff, it's been 29 years since you left us, but you are never forgotten by your 71st Precinct family. We will always remember you, now and forever. We know you are watching over all of us!!

71st Precinct
NYPD

June 1, 2018

Never Forgotten! RIP Brother.

Retired
NYPD

June 1, 2018

Dearest Uncle Jeff,

This week has been one of the best weeks of my life, and also the closest I have ever felt to you. I was sworn into the NYPD Cadet Corps. this Monday and have officially completed my first week of training as of today. Though I can't feel any ounce of my body from physical training, this is the happiest I have ever been. The most "in place" I have ever felt. And I can't help but think that it's because you are there with me. I'm not sure you would have wanted me on this path, but that little voice inside of me knows that following in your footsteps is all I have ever wanted to do. I am not sure what the future holds beyond this point, but I promise to make you, Mommy, and the rest of the family proud no matter what.

With lots and lots of love,
Taylor xo

Cadet Taylor Cannon
Neice

February 23, 2018

Hello in Heaven Jeff. As you know, I always mention you in my prayers ... and as I hope you know, you always live in my heart and mind. I was thinking about you today and searched the Internet for any new articles and found the NYPD Patrol Boat that was named after you in 2015. It made me cry with joyful tears. I see that your mother is still hard at work ensuring that you live on forever (not that it could ever be any other way). I'm THRILLED that your beautiful son Joey, whom I sadly never got to meet once he was no longer a baby, has grown into a wonderful young man, and equally as thrilled that he knows you and holds you within his heart, and life, as though you've been with him for all of his life. Your wife and mother did a wonderful job in ensuring that. <3

I wouldn't even know where to start when reflecting back on you. From your countless hours of basketball in the park, playing drums, getting my first job at Keyfood and finding you working there offering to help show me the ropes (I was 14), the years that you were helping to run the neighborhood Youth Center and so many more, including later in life, in our 20's, going to visit my best friend in her new apartment, to find that you and your wife (not yet married I believe) lived in the apartment below her. You were always there - a bright star in the lives of everyone who knew you.

I guess I can use my very last memory of you as my reflection, because it's one that truly meant the most. It was after you were shot and in the ICU. I was in the Hamptons and getting updates from my mother via phone every few hours. When the call came in that you had gone to Heaven, I packed my bags and told my husband that we had to leave immediately. I wasn't going to miss my last goodbye to you, or paying my respects. As we were driving, more like barreling down the highways home, I was staring out the car window and noticed a very distinct cloud in the sky. It was shaped as a face with a big smile on it, and I felt goosebumps ... within seconds, the song Spirit In The Sky began to play on the radio. I knew then and have always known since, that it was you - and that you were smiling and knew that I was on my way. I treasure that moment and memory and always will.

People come and go in this life, but you're not and never were, just anyone. You were an Earth Angel ... a bright shining light that all who knew you could see and feel, and the impact that you made in such a short life-lived, is a testimony to that and more.

I, along with so many others, still miss very much.

Kimberly Friedson
Friend and Neighbor

November 1, 2017

RIP, never forgotten!

Retired
NYPD

July 16, 2016

Thank you for your service, PO Herman, and may you continue to rest in peace.

Grandson of retired NYPD officer Greg

June 4, 2016

Dear Jeff, I could not wait to tell you all about today. Just a few hours ago the NYC Fire Department graduated a class of 310 Probationary Firefighters and among them was Firefighter Joseph M. Herman, your son, Joey. How proud you must be of him that he will follow yourself by dedicating his career to protecting and serving the people of New York City. Perhaps, Jeff, you would have preferred him to become a member of NYPD (the Finest) but so many people have lately been unjustifyably critical of the police profession that perhaps he made the best choice. Of course, Jeff, the great tragedy was that you were not there after the ceremony to congratulate Joey and give him a "man hug" that so many of the other fathers gave their sons today. It is unbearable that Joey lost you to a senseless crime while you were protecting the citizens of New York City when he was only 3 months old. You never got the chance to hear his first word (perhaps it would have been "Da-da"), see him take his first steps, teach him how to catch a ball, ride a bicycle, take him to his first day of school as he clung to you for reassurance and do all of the other things that fathers do with their sons. As all too often happens in life filled with unfairness you left us way to soon. I just want to let you know, Jeff, that you have a great son who will be an awesome Firefighter and we will NEVER forget what a terrific cop and man you were.

Lt. Mike Fellner
U.S. Park Police, retired

May 3, 2016

I went to the Academy with Jeff in 1984 . He was a class act of a Man and a great Police Officer. RIP. Was in 84-86 and Jeff was in 84-86.

Police Officer John McGuire
New York Police Department

March 24, 2016

Jeff, I am a retired Lieutenant with the U.S. Park Police and I remember very well that terrible night you were shot. I knew your partner for that tour, Billy Lynch, from my Rockaway neighborhood and worked with Billy's brother Jack. We were all told that you were expected to survive but things did not work out. I remember attending your funeral and there were many tears shed on that day as you were so highly respected as a great cop and most decent man who was liked by everyone you met. After I retired from police work I joined the NYC Fire Department as an applicant investigator and had the great honor of greeting your son, Joey, who was sworn in just this morning as a NYC Firefighter. I went over to say a few words and wish him well. What a fine young man! He is a great credit to you and will carry out your legacy in the public safety profession. More than 26 years have passed, Jeff, and we will always remember your sacrifice.

Lt. Mike Fellner
U. S. Park Police

December 28, 2015

Derarst Jeff, friends since childhood ... Not a day has gone by when I don't think of you. You were an angel on earth, always helping others ... and brightening even the darkest days with your beautiful smile and twinkle in your eyes. An icon to our neighborhood whem we were children, and an icon to all as an adult. You will always be remembered, loved and missed.

Kimberly Friedson
Friend

June 17, 2015

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