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Police Officer Christopher G. Hoban

New York City Police Department, New York

End of Watch Tuesday, October 18, 1988

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Reflections for Police Officer Christopher G. Hoban

RIP Chris one of Sunset Park Brooklyn’s


October 18, 2022

Not forgotten. You did what God asked you to do . What a great job...

robert ted lee

October 18, 2022

Two retired MOS just had shared memories of Chris after noticing one was wearing a Hoban run shirt which he completes each year. His name is alive in our hearts and our minds.

Det Richard Winwood Ret.

December 21, 2020

I'll never forget the time I spent with Chris ,It was only one summer when I was an 11 year old boy. Chris's Mother was my Mother's best friend ,They went to school and they had their marriages performed at Our Lady of Perpetual Help. They were best friends and shared everything.When Chris dad died my mother was there to console Katina and her family. My father and my brother went into law enforcement I did not how ever I was a police explorer thru the scouts, I did go into jobs where I dealt with the public every day. Rest in peace my (half brother) And God bless . You are remembered and always loved.

Robert Lee

October 23, 2020

Chris Hoban remembered 32 years after his murder

Posted on OCTOBER 22, 2020 @ 3:40 AM Brooklyn Reporter News

Last Sunday marked the 32nd anniversary of the murders of two of New York’s Finest, including a native son of Bay Ridge.

On Oct. 18, 1988, Police Officer Christopher Hoban was shot and killed while working a narcotics operation. He was 26. The same night, Police Officer Michael Buczek, 24, was fatally shot in the chest by a suspect he was chasing on foot.

“Michael and Christopher may be gone, but their commitment to the City of New York will never be forgotten,” said the NYPD on social media.

“Thirty-two years later, NYPD Detectives continue their vow to never forget Officers Mike Buczek and Chris Hoban, who were shot and killed hours apart in separate incidents as they served the community of Upper Manhattan,” said the Detectives’ Endowment Association. “Our prayers are forever with the families of these heroes.”

Harbor Launch 455, which was named in honor of slain Police Officers Christopher Hoban and Michael Buczek.

Hoban grew up in Bay Ridge and graduated from Xaverian High School in 1980. His memory lives on through the Chris Hoban Memorial Run, an annual event that was held virtually this year. In 2018, a police boat, Harbor Launch 455, was named in honor of him and Buczek during a ceremony at Brooklyn Army Terminal, and he was one of 12 officers honored when NYPD counterterrorism officers and their canine partners graduated from training.

Retired Police Officer

October 22, 2020

Honor and Glory to our heroes !! Noble son of NYC !!!! You are not forgotten !

Po Mortimer Keane Ret NYPD
Ret NYPD current Bolton PD

October 19, 2020

From one Uncle to another, May you rest in eternal peace, my brother.


October 18, 2020

You are a hero

Nick mottola

October 18, 2020

Rest well my brother, on your birthday in Heaven. Thank you for your service and sacrifice on that fateful day. You have not been firgotten.

Lieutenant Raymond Flores
NYPD (retired)

October 18, 2020

Officer Hoban, Thank you for your brave service to the city of New York and to our country! I look at your baby face and I cannot imagine the horrific loss of someone at your young age! It is unfair at any age and I am sure your family will be heartbroken forever. I will keep them in my prayers. Rest in Peace, Brother.

Mary Milam
Sergeant (Ret)
Chicago Police Department

Flowery Branch, GA

October 21, 2019

Rest in peace Officer Hoban. My dad too worked as an NYPD officer for almost forty years out of the 102nd precinct.

Rabbi Lewis S. Davis

March 23, 2019

Rest well on your 30th birthday in Heaven my brother.
You are not forgotten for your service and heroism.

Lieutenant Raymond Flores
NYPD (retired)

October 22, 2018

Officer Hoban,
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.


United States Border Patrol

October 18, 2018

30 years and still the pain is there .. But I remeber our good times going to Coney Island and you mother saving a tourist who was choking to death... 1969

Robert T Lee

October 17, 2018

i knew him growing up/ We played stick ball next to Our Lady of Perpetual HElp. My mother and father grew up there My mother passed away April this year. I have her school book from there.sad so sad when people murder you cannb never go back from there

Best friend

November 7, 2017

I first met Chris before we were cops playing basketball in Leif Erickson Park (later named after him his honor) in Bay Ridge Brooklyn. That end of the neighborhood is on the border of Our Lady of Angels and Our Lady of Perpetual Help parishes so you can imagine how much trash talk went on between us kids. Since I was from OLA and Chris from OLPH we seldom played on the same side when we chose up teams but I always remember him as a happy, good natured guy who everyone liked and wanted to be friends with. Our lives would cross paths many times since our days in the park and for a short time we worked patrol together in the 77th Precinct before he left to be an undercover in the Narcotics Division. Sadly, the last time we would speak was at the funeral of another fallen officer, Detective Joe Galapo who was also assigned to the Narcotics Division. I asked Chris if he liked the work. He said yes and that he was excited that he would soon be promoted to Detective. Tragically he would not get his Gold Shield. I too remember the night he died like it was yesterday and not an October goes by that I don’t think about him. I have long ago moved out of Brooklyn but when I go there to visit friends and family I make it a point to pass by the park where I first met Chris and tell my children about the hero it is named after.

Sergeant Denis P. Doohan (Retired)

October 19, 2017

Rest in peace.

Lt. Jim Russo

October 18, 2017

Another year in a better place my brother. We lost three of our brothers on this day the 18. You are always remembered for your sacrifice. May you continue to rest well and watch over all your brothers and sisters. Until the day we meet.

Lieutenant Ray Flores
NYPD (retired)

October 18, 2017

Officer Hoban,
On today, the 29th 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.


United States Border Patrol

October 18, 2017

Many years have gone by Officer Hoban, but you and Officer Buczek will NEVER be forgotten. Two outstanding officers who were taken away from us way too soon. God bless you and your beautiful family. Rest in peace brother.

(Retired)PO Cathy Williams

July 17, 2017

I remember this night with great sadness. Prayers for your family. RIP

PO Michael Barbuck (ret.)

February 25, 2017

I remember that night,the NYPD lost PO Hoban & PO Michael Bucyk, on the same night, in the same borough, just miles and hours apart. I remember going to their funeral mass,which was held on Saturday Oct.22,1988, at Our Lady of Perpetual Help Church, in Brooklyn,NY. I went as a rep for our Union delegate,and got to go inside the church,and sit down, for both Officer's funeral masses. Outside, uniforms stretched for a dozen blocks in both directions, 5 deep,both sides of the street,I was in awe ! RIP PO's Hobsn & Bucyk, True Heroes !

Ret.Sgt.Lou Maresco

October 18, 2016

Rest in PEACE MY brother, And May The Good Lord continue to hold you in his hands. You are a true hero and will be never forgotten.

N.Y.P.D. Lt. Ray Flores (Ret.)

October 18, 2016

I remember that day as if it were yesterday, although I was RDO, the thought of this tragedy brought to light the vulnerable state our brothers and sisters are put to the task every day. You are a hero my brother. Watch over us as I know you will. May God bless you and your proud family. Until we meet in a better place.

N.Y.PD. Lt. Ray Flores

August 13, 2016

I will remember that day forever. I lived next door to Chris and his family. I remember seeing the unmarked car pull up in front of the Hoban's house and my heart just sank.
I knew there and then that Chris had been, at best badly wounded.
It's a small world, one of my wife's friends was working in the ER that night and took care of Chris.
Sad, sad day.

Michael Tobin

December 29, 2015

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