Name : Hegerich, Howard H. 

Rank: Ptl.

Shield #: 19731 Command: 028 Pct.
Date of Death: 1945-07-30   Cause of Death: Shot
 Patrolman Hegerich was shot and killed after confronting two men who were about to rob a store.

Patrolman Hegerich was off-duty and on his way home from a work after completing a four to midnight tour when he observed four men peering into a restaurant window in the Creedmore section of Queens. (The restaurant mentioned was the Creedmore Rest, a popular bar at the time - no affliation with the state hospital).

As Patrolman Hegerich approached the men, all four men turned and opened fire, striking Patrolman Hegerich five times. Patrolman Hegerich was able to return fire, but did not strike any of the suspects.

All four suspects were arrested two weeks later and charged with murder. They were also linked to a string of local store hold-ups over the preceding few months. All four suspects were later convicted of murder and sentenced to 25 years to life in prison.

Patrolman Hegerich was posthumously awarded the New York City Police Department's Medal of Honor for his actions.

Patrolman Hegerich was assigned to the 28th Precinct. He lived on 87 Ave - about 2 blocks from where he was killed. He was 24 yaers old.

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Comments from Friends    
Rest in peace brother.

rest in peace.
— sjs
Posted: November 24, 2006, 6:42 am

As a current member of the 28th precinct I along with my co-workers are redoing the memorial wall, in doing so we are trying to gather as much info on all officers from the past. please email me any Pictures or newspaper clippings that exist to
— P.O Hartigan
Posted: November 17, 2009, 12:06 pm

Ptl Hegerich, you passed proving to NYC that cops are always on duty, you will never be forgotten. Rest in Peace Howard.
— Tommy
Posted: July 30, 2013, 5:42 am

Howard we continue to pray for you. Rest in Peace.
— Tommy
Posted: July 30, 2014, 5:18 am

Howard you will never be forgotten. You took action off duty showing NYC just how dedicated most cops are rest in Peace.
— Tommy
Posted: July 28, 2015, 8:46 am



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