Name : Britt, Kenton 

Rank: P.O.

Shield #: 4323 Command: Highway Unit No. 3
Date of Death: 1986-11-12   Cause of Death: Auto accident on patrol
     
 Officer Britt was killed in an automobile accident while on duty. Britt was the third officer killed in the line of duty that year.

Police investigating the 12:45 a.m. accident on the Grand Central Parkway at the junction with the Van Wyck Expressway said no charges would be filed in the death of Officer Kenton Britt, 32, of Queens Village, who died at Booth Memorial Hospital in Flushing less than two hours after the accident.
  
 
     
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Kenny and I went through the academy together, he was truely a great person from his sense of humor to his sense of duty he was one of a kind.
— Bill Carbone, Lt

Kenny worked in the 108pct while I was the A/C Sgt, he was a good kid, as well as a good cop. Ironically Kenny grew up up in Canarsie, a Pct where I spent my first 12 years on the job. When I first met him it was good to know that he made it out of that area, because his life could have went the wrong way, had he got in with the wrong crowd. The night he got killed on the GCP as with PO Sledge I was working. When I heard a cop got struck, and was seriously injured we jumped on the BQE and headed to the GCP. I was with Tony Farneti, and Jerry Kuchler. Needless to say when we got there we were shocked and sicken to hear that it was Kenny. The Duty Captain on the scene was Captain Bob West. He immediately yelled out to me "Joe see if you get some witnesses". The person that struck him was a C.O. who just got off work at Rikers Island, he was immediately tested by IDTU, but was completely sober. It was right at the split where the GCP and Van Wyck meet. Kenny was apparently in the middle with a car stop, and from what we gathered that night the driver just didn't see him. It was just a terrible accident.As with Sledge that is also another night that I will remember the rest of my life, God rest his soul.
— Ret. Lt Joe Rainone

I first met Kenny when I came to Highway 3 in 1985. Kenny went out of his way to make me feel welcome, one of the guys. He was always outgoing and a great guy to be around. I was proud to have known him, and now 18 years later his memory still brings a smile to my face and sadness to my heart. Kenny was a classy guy. A good cop.
— Scott N. Gaines (Hwy3 Ret.)

I met Kenny when I arrvied at Highway 3. He was a true gentlemen. He always had a smile on his face and a kind word for everyone,even us smurfs. I have never forgotten him or his kindness. I left the job in 1989 and went to the Secret Service. I work in DC and always make it a point to visit his name on the wall during police week. God bless him. John Knobloch ASAIC, US Secret Service ,Tactical Emergency Services
— John Knobloch

Kenny was a wonderful person to work with.He always smiled and laughed.I was a senior officer in Hwy Patrol at the time,and had spent many years in busy Precincts.He would always come up to me at times and ask for my advise.I was happy to give it to him.When we would be in court,he would ask me different things about the court system,and I would show him how it was done.He use to call us "oldtimers" dinosaurs.May he rest in peace.
— John Whelan(Ret.Hwy#3)

I NEVER GOT TO MEET KENTON BUT ALOT OF MEMBERS OF MY FAMILY DID. KENTON WAS MY OLDER BROTHER JOHN SUTCH'S PARTNER.HE ALWAYS SPEAKS VERY HIGHLY OF HIM,HOW POLITE,FUNNY,AND ALWAYS A GREAT PARTNER HE WAS. MY BROTHER WAS FORCED TO RETIRE FROM THAT ACCIDENT AND IS REMINDED EVERY DAY ABOUT THAT HORRIBLE NIGHT. REST IN PEACE KENTON AND I KNOW YOUR WATCHING OVER YOUR OLD PARTNER. THANKS
— BILL

REST IN PEACE.
— sjs
Posted: November 2, 2006, 5:52 am

rest in peace.
— sjs
Posted: November 7, 2006, 7:22 am

I went to the academy, worked in nsu 17,and highway 3 with Kenny,He was the most upbeat person I had ever met,He loved his job ,and cops He worked with, may he rest in peace.......................Tim Joyce
— Tim Joyce
Posted: March 2, 2007, 2:40 pm

Knew kenny well,and never saw him without a smile on his face. I responded from Hwy 1 that horrible night. Gunther Von Thaden the patrol Lt was also injured that evening. By the grace of God he recovered. R.I.P. Kenny. It was our good fortune to have known you.
— Dennis Coyle
Posted: April 4, 2007, 8:56 pm

I did not know Kenton Britt but for the last 9 years I have walking by his plaque on the wall at hwy 3. His sacrifice has saved so many lives. Rest in peace Kenton.
— PO Jonathan Shekian Hwy Unit 3
Posted: February 24, 2008, 9:13 pm

Thank you for all of your warm and wonderful remembrances and comments about my brother. Other than a great friend, Kenton was also a loving son, brother, uncle, and cousin. My mother's heart broke the night he was killed. My father died by way of an out-of-control driver when he was 32 and my mother was told that night there was nothing they could do to spare his life. Kenton was her only son and just like reliving a nightmare, only this time worse because it was her son, Kenton lost his life at the hands of an out-of-control driver when he was 32, and my mother was told there was nothing they could do. The only comfort that has come of all of this is that I know that I will one day see Kenton again. As for my mother, I truly thank NYPD because they truly remember their own and each year my mother attends the dinners that remember NY's finest lost in the line of duty. There are also other outpourings of support, whether it is prayers or cards, or this forum, they are also thoughtful. For those of you who serve NY, please be safe and continue to take care of each other always.
— Annette
Posted: December 1, 2008, 6:03 pm

I sit here 23 years later thinking of that night. It took Larry Huxley and I 9 1/2 minutes to get to the scene from Hwy#1.It was the worst AI job I have ever been at. Not technically but emotionally.I was looking at a friend lying on the roadway. Kenny you will never be forgotten.
— Michael J.Murphy
Posted: November 12, 2009, 9:11 pm

I knew Kenton back when we worked in the 108Pct together. I seem to remember him getting either the new Monte Carlo SS or the buick grand national,very cool vehicle at the time. I remember his smile, a genuine good guy, we truly lost one of our Finest that day. RIP.
— Rich Wendell
Posted: March 23, 2010, 3:55 pm

I will always remember Kenny, I grew up with him in Queens Village. We used to call him "Roadrunner". As a youngster he loved fast cars. Kenny, your friends on 113th Ave and 113th Dr will always remember, brother. Rest in Peace. (L.E.) 113th Av.
— Lloyd Dunn, Jr (L.E)
Posted: March 29, 2011, 10:51 pm

I knew Kenton ever since High School, he loved working on fast cars, I remember, the G.T.O, White W/ Blue top Ford XL with the 351 Cleveland Block that his mother gave him when she brought her new Monte Carlo. Kenton, Pie, Ace and myself went into the armed forces during the same pointed, me going to the U.S. Marines Corp and Kenton going to the U.S. Air Force where he was a A.P. ( Air Police) Pie and Ace going to the Army. While I was in Boot Camp on Parris Island, Kenton wrote me, giving me encouragement to get thought boot camp. I never forget what he told me in boot camp, which got me though boot camp, just use mind over matter and you will get though. After the service he drove Tractor Trailer across country for a little while and love it. He's the one who showed me how to drive tractor trailer. When he applied for the NYPD, I was so happy for him. I believe the first place he worked was the 108 out of Richmond Hill, Queens and them Highway 3, he loved his job and fellow Officers. I even got stop by him coming off the White Stone near Hillside Ave, LOL. I think about him and miss him alot. He was and still is one of my best friends we had alot of good times growing up with best families in the world.
— Lance Barrington
Posted: March 21, 2013, 3:15 am

PO Britt, you may have passed but you will never be forgotten, we pray for you. Keep watching over your fellow cops. Rest in Peace Kenton.
— Tommy
Posted: November 12, 2013, 6:26 am

 


 

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