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Name : Coe, Gary 

Rank: P.O.

Shield #: 16633 Command: Brooklyn South Task Force
Date of Death: 1989-11-11   Cause of Death: Stabbed-Off Duty
     
 Police Office Gary Coe, who was off duty, died after he got into a fight with Martin Gonzalez when a car driven by Coe's girlfriend ran into the back of Gonzalez' motorcycle at 2:05am in Brooklyn. Gonzalez approached Coe and words were exchanged, leading to a shoving match. Gonzalez then stabbed Coe three times in the chest and twice in the leg with a four-inch utility knife after Coe identified himself as a police officer. Gonzalez assaulted Coe's girlfriend, slashing her across the hand when she tried to intervene. Coe was taken to Lutheran Medical Center where he died an hour later. Gonazalez was arrested later that day.

Gary Coe was the recipient of 12 commendations during his nearly four years on the force. He was 26 years old. A pier in Sheepshead Bay has been dedicated to the Officer. He was posthumously awarded the department Medal of Honor.
  
 
     
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Comments from Friends    
     
Hello Uncle Gary. We really miss you down here and happy anniversary. It's been 15yrs since you have been gone. I am very glad Mom helped find your killer. That jerk should pay for what he did to our family. God Bless you and the rest of our family up there with you.
— Patrick J. Cesario APO 120th

Gary,I was a new Sgt and you were a new Police Officer,we both landed in the 71.We had a great squad(2nd.),great guys working in a crazy place.You were my the best of the best.Later in my career I allways used you to as the model to evaluate other Officers.I was proud to hear you were going to be promoted ,but not surprised cause you were sharp.I was happy to hear you were engaged.It broke my heart that you were takened away from your family and friends in the command I was assigned.God Bless you Gary.Dennis
— Dennis Cesternino

I lived up the block from Gary for many years. Gary, his brothers(Mark & George), myself and Kevin(another guy on the block-now NYPD) would hang out, play football, softball and the usual things. Gary was one of the nicest guys you would ever want to meet. He was well liked by anyone who knew him. We all miss him. He was, and still is one of the Good Guys.
— Mike King

Mother's Day (2006) Jaime is such a great mom -Gary. You would be so proud of her. You and I have two beautiful grandchildren now- Darien and Brielle. I think Brielle looks like you. I will always tell them what a wonderful grandpa they had. They will know all about you. We all miss you so much, and love you so much honey. Always and forever... Lorraine
— Lorraine Coe

REST IN PEACE.
— sjs
Posted: November 2, 2006, 5:49 am

Daddy, Now that I am a mom it seems I think about you more and more everyday. When I think of you I think of all the fun times we had together, our long road trips up to the ranch, going on the roller coaster at nellie bly, you running around the fun house with me just being silly. I often visit the sheepshead bay Pier. It seems like just yesterday you were carrying me onto the fishing boat. I still remember squeezing my toes in my shoes as you carried me over because I was afraid they would fall off and into the water :) Now that I have my own family I can't help but wonder what life would be like if you were here. I look at Darien and know what he's missing out on. I wish you were here to be with him, watching him grow up, taking him fishing, camping and everything else you would do if you were here. Brielle is already 8 months, she is so beautiful you would just eat her alive. I know you are with us because I feel you in my presence everyday. You are greatly missed and loved. with all my love your little girl
— Jaime
Posted: January 3, 2007, 7:45 pm

Gary, you were a great partner and friend and missed very much. One day my friend we will be partners once again. God bless. Det Mike Menikotz (Ret).
— Mike Menikotz
Posted: April 10, 2009, 8:28 pm

I remember the day you passed I remember the sorrow in my husbands eyes as another one of his NYPD brothers gone.I just wanted to let you know he never for got you.
— Nancy Forni
Posted: October 19, 2009, 2:09 pm

Gary- You were a Great cop and Good man, Rest in Peace.
— PO/RET. LUGO,WILLIE
Posted: November 8, 2009, 8:10 am

Its been 21 years now but feels like yesterday, you are not forgotten my friend and never will be.
— Sgt Paul Poplaski, Retired NYPD
Posted: November 12, 2010, 8:01 pm

Gary, I was an A/MOS from 89-94 5 years with the greatest department in the world. I learned a lot working with NYPD Regulars, Auxiliaries. At the time I was friends with your sister Cindy and she would always speak so very highly of her big brother Gary, her hero. I eventually moved to Pennsylvania got married and had a son of my own. I became a Fugitive Apprehension Agent and served for 15 years and always thought of what a great officer you were and last year I was able to take my son to DC to the Law Enforcement Memorial to scratch your name off the Wall of Hero's it was a privilege and honor to attend. We also went to the NYPD museum to see your memorial in the Hall of Hero's. My son is an aspiring US Marshal, and was appointed as a Honorary Deputy US Marshal April 2010, for his excellent grades in his law enforcement class in high school and his passion for law enforcement. He will be attending John J University in September 2011 and plans on becoming a sworn US Marshal. Just wanted you and your family to know you were my inspiration, and I my son's. Thank you for your service, thank you for your sacrifice. May you walk with Saint Michael and God Bless you and your family. Marc A. Merino, Sr Senior Agent (Ret.) Eastern District Of Pennsylvania Fugitive Apprehension Strike Team
— Marc Merino
Posted: December 17, 2010, 6:32 pm

Father,Police Officer,Friend,Fisherman and to me a Brother. I will always remember you.
— Danny Iburg
Posted: February 8, 2011, 1:56 pm

I considered Gary My Big Brother. I grew up with Mark and Gary and he was one of my inspirations to join the NYPD. I hold very fond memories of Gary and feel that he is with us. I will never Forget Gary. He is my Big brother in Heaven. God bless you Gary Love you always Kevin H
— Kevin Herlihy
Posted: February 22, 2012, 9:56 pm

Gary, you are sorely missed by all who knew you. You were taken away from us way to early. I guess God had other plans for you, he takes only the great ones at such an early age. Even though you have passed you will never be forgotten. Rest in Peace Gary we will always pray for you.
— Tommy
Posted: November 11, 2013, 6:18 am

xoxo miss you
— your cuzzz
Posted: November 11, 2013, 1:50 pm

Gary we continue to pray for you. Rest in Peace.
— Tommy
Posted: November 11, 2014, 5:01 am

R.I.P brother.
— Tommy R
Posted: November 11, 2014, 10:01 am

 


 

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