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

Jeff you are still missed....Rest in peace.

Detective Sam Ortiz

May 30, 2011

Rest in Peace Jeff .... remembering you after all these years .... I left Brooklyn for a couples of years now and think about how it was growing
up in the neighborhood .... You're an Angel still on duty watching over us ....


March 23, 2011

I remember your first kindness to me when you worked with Ronnie, and I was new in the Precinct. I remember laughing together earlier in the evening the night you were shot.
I will never forget the night you and Billy were attacked in the line of duty. I remember exactly where I was when I heard the call for help. I vividly remember arriving on the scene and seeing you being carried into the RMP to be transported to KCH. I remember Rick's shirt covered in your blood. I remember putting Bill in my car and following behind to the hospital, riding in the elevator with you and my partner Chris, and the heroic Doctors that worked valiantly to save your life. I remember every MOS that spent the next several days either at your home, your families home, or the hospital with you. I remember how much I admire each and every one of them. I remember the last words I said to you and the smile you gave us in return. I remember the day you passed away and the sudden shock, sadness, disappointment and total grief we all experienced. I remember the days and weeks after losing you. I remember your funeral, and standing as honor guard at your coffin. I remember your wonderful wife walking up to me as I stood at attention, and wiped away my tears. I remember crying even harder. I remember seeing your son for the first time, and going home to hold my own children. I remember so many things, and so many of the people during this tragedy. But most of all Jeff, twenty two years later, not a day goes by that I don't remember you. rest in Peace, and we will all never, ever forget you. Sincerely, Bill Williams

Sgt. Bill Williams-retired
NYPD-Former 71 Precinct.

February 8, 2011

I worked with Jeff in the fourth squad in the 7-1 in 1985. He was a great guy and a great cop. He died a hero, helping others. It was a very violent time in New York City, especially for cops in Brooklyn South. God bless Jeff Herman.

Det. (retired)

February 7, 2011

Never will I forget talking to you outside the 71 Pct on Memorial Day 1989. You were coming in, with a really bad allergy day, I was going home, end of tour. We talked and even though there was plenty of coverage you decided to stay at work.
An hour later, that fateful radio run was assigned and you & Billy, and you both responded like the heroes you were.
I will never forget you.
Rest In Peace, you are never forgotten

Sgt Kevin Swenson

May 30, 2010

I can't believe its been 20 years. It seems like yesterday we were playing b-ball and stickball at 12th st. park. also the tripps we took to Surprise Lake together. I miss ya kid ,theres not a memorial day that passes that I dont think of you and many days in between. You were always a great friend, I know theres a heaven and your there. Say Hi to my son Brandon. Love Always your oldest friend Dave

Dave Zucker
Friend (Brother)

July 30, 2009

Dear Jeff,

Hi old friend. Every so often I search and search looking for pictures of you on the Internet, because you belong here with us .... 20 years ... I can't believe it's been that long. I'll never forget that phone call I got from my mother ... I was in the Hamptons and she told me I needed to get home. On the ride home I was staring up at the clouds, it looked like a face and the song Spirit in the Sky started playing on the radio ... I turned to my husband and said "that's Jeff in the clouds" ... and then stared out the window all the way back to Brooklyn. I'll never forget that day or all the years that have followed. Our moms remained best friends for many years after that day and it didn't seem right that you weren't there with us during all the times we were together. There was no one like you and never will be - you made a difference in this life - you watched over the neighborhood kids, you became an officer and you lived your life in a way that most people don't. I talk to you all the time - I know you can hear me ... thank you for always looking over me. We love and miss you Jeff (((((hugs))))).

Your friend Kimberly

Kimberly Friedson
Childhood Friend

July 30, 2009

dearest jeff,

today would have been our 24th wedding anniversary!!!...

instead it's your 20th anniversary in heaven...

i miss you and i'll love you FOREVER!!!!!!!!!

until we meet again...your loving wife...irene...xxooxx

irene herman

July 28, 2009

On the 20th anniversary of your death, may your soul continue to rest in eternal peace. May The Almighty continue to watch over your family.

Civilian Eric Steinhardt
Friend of The Job

June 3, 2009

I just wanted to let your family and friends know that there are many out there who know the pain that you feel today. My brother Roger was killed 4 years ago today on June 2nd. You are in the thoughts and prayers of many folks who care. I pray that God will bless you with many precious happy memories to help fill your heart "especially today".

Judy Coleman
Sister of Roger Lynch

June 3, 2009

I said a little prayer today for Police Officer Herman and his family. He may be gone but never forgotten. He will always be a New York HERO.

Robyn Wilkes

May 26, 2009

3 months before Jeff died, I was privileged to be with Him at Brooklyn central booking,the place was packed with cops and we were lucky to have a piece of a desk to sit on. We talked about making collars, family and whatever popped into our heads, for hours. It was a long night, but it went quick talking with Jeff. He was truly a dedicated cop, but more importantly He was an honest and humble young man, a rare commidity. Boy,Jesus sure takes the best...Thank God!

Sgt David Felix (ret.)

May 14, 2009

Gone but never forgotten.RIP.


September 22, 2008

Jeff, in March of 1989 I stood next to you at another MOS funeral it was hard to believe that you would be the next one we attended. You are in my thoughts and prays. God bless you and your family.

Frank Horan
Retired NYPD 71pct/Hwy Patrol

May 29, 2008



May 26, 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

I went to PS 209 with Jeff and he was a great person. I couldnt believe when I read in the paper that he was killed. I still think about him from time to time. I did a search on him and found this site. My condolences to his wife, child and family.


November 6, 2007

Jeff, you are missed by so many people. Although i never knew you, I learned so much about you from my dad. He will never forget you. God Bless you. You were a good man, and you will always be in our hearts.


July 15, 2007

It has been a longtime but you manage to come into my head via my heart many times over the years. I am sure you are at rest and wish only peace on your family and yourself. May 1st comes yearly and Mike and I have a hard time talking about that part of our life , however we do manage and smile each time we do with you in our thoughts...Rest in Peace my old friend.....

steve tropper
childhood friend

May 22, 2007

Officer Herman:

You were taken from this earth two early. Your death stands out in my mind because it occurred only two weeks after my soon-to-be 18 year old son was born. Your son is only a few months older than mine.

I also read, just this morning, that you were a Surprise Lake Camp alumnus. My daughter has gone there for the past two years and will be working there this summer. My son may work there too. We are planning to make a donation to SLC this year because of their generosity in scholarship when I was out of work. That donation will now go directly to your memorial fund.

May your soul rest in eternal peace and may The Almighty ever watch over your family.

Civilian E. Steinhardt
A Friend of the NYPD

April 5, 2007

Jeff and I were in the same academy class/squad. Jeff was a sweet heart of a guy. He was an easy guy to like.
I remember the last time we spoke was in Brooklyn central booking one late night. We spoke for some time remembering the good times we had in the Police Academy. I remember him telling me he was married and just had a baby boy. I was so happy for him and his wife.

Not long after our meeting down at central booking I heard the bad news and I was so deeply saddened. All I thought about was his wife and baby son.

My heart goes out to Jeff’s family. You are in my prayers.

PO Gary Randone
Police Academy Class

March 20, 2007

G-d Bless.

February 19, 2007

Oh my God! This is the first time I have looked up Jeff. Joey is now 17, and Irene is??? I cannot tell you because she would kill me. I was so close to both of them. I lived with them. I cannot tell you what an impact his life had on me. I was there the morning Joey was born and he was telling me every detail. Anyone who knew Jeff, HE WAS INTO DETAIL! He love Irene and Joey so much I cannot tell you. I LOVED HIM. Irene today is my best friend in the whole world. I thank god for Jeff, because, if not for him, I would not have the best friend I have had for the past 18 years. I love Irene, Bebe, and everyone who love Jeff. Please always remember him.

Best Friend of Irene, Jeff & Joey's Godmother

October 15, 2006

You were a great friend,and you are never far from
our hearts. RIP my friend and God bless your family.
Hal & Janine


August 17, 2006

Jeff you will always be in our hearts....You always made me proud and I truly feel that you took care of me when you were alive and although not visible I feel you continue to watch over me and guide me. Love always and forever xoxo MOM

Mother of Jeff. B Herman

June 3, 2006

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