Name : Szwedowski, Jacob 

Rank: Ptl.

Shield #: 17941 Command: 024 Pct.
Date of Death: 1945-04-29   Cause of Death: Shot-Crossfire
     
 Patrolman Szwedowski was accidentally shot and killed in a case of mistaken identity while making an arrest on 113th Street between 5th Avenue and Madison Avenue in Harlem. Patrolman Szwedowski and another plainclothes officer had arrested a woman for stealing six dollars from a man. As they attempted to lead her away she grabbed onto a light pole and started screaming that she was being kidnapped. A large crowd gathered around the officers, who both pulled out their revolvers. Patrolman Szwedowski fired a shot into the air to try to disperse the crowd.

Another officer who was nearby heard the screaming and shot and came to investigate. When he saw the commotion the officer fired three shots, not realizing that men were police officers, striking Patrolman Szwedowski once in the back. Patrolman Szwedowski was taken to Unity Hospital where succumbed to his wounds.

Patrolman Szwedowski was assigned to West 123rd Street Station (modern day 24th Precinct) and had been with the NYPD for two years. He was 27 years old.
  
 
     
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Comments from Friends    
     
My fathers name was also Szwedowski, he was born in Gniew in Poland in 1923 and died in England in 1975. It was very sad to read of Jacobs death, so young, It's such an unusual name I'm guessing they must have been related.
— lidia

REST IN PEACE.
— sjs
Posted: November 29, 2006, 12:47 pm

Patrolman Szwedowski was my uncle, an unsung hero who died at an age younger than my son is now. The effect of his death has left his mark on my immediate and extended family. R.I.P. Uncle Jake.
— Tom Militello
Posted: August 19, 2011, 2:29 pm

PO Szwedowski you died because someone committed a crime and didnt want to take responsibility for it. You may have passed but will never be forgotten. Rest in Peace Jacob
— Tommy
Posted: April 29, 2013, 5:10 am

 


 

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