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Fallen Officers
     "Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends." -- John 15:13
Patrolman James A. Mynderse  End of Watch, March 31, 1900            Shield # 21

Born: 1857
Appointed:
1893
Died:
March 31, 1900


In the late 1800s, the train traffic that flowed through Schenectady crossed State Street exactly where it does today -- between Broadway and Erie Boulevard, then the Erie Canal. On March 31, 1900, Patrolman Mynderse was stationed at a walking post near the crossing. An Albany woman shopping in the downtown area was walking across the multi-track street level train crossing when two trains approached from opposite directions. The woman stopped in the middle of the tracks, paralyzed with fear. Ptl. Mynderse ran from his post, pushing the woman to safety just before a train would have struck her. Ptl Mynderse narrowly avoided being struck by the train himself; however, he stepped backwards too far into the second set of tracks, and directly into the path of the other oncoming train.

William Campbell, the Chief of Police, was quoted as saying of Ptl. Mynderse, "Fearless in the performance of his duties, he never thought of danger." Shocked and horrified by the tragic death of Ptl. Mynderse, the citizens, newspapers and Common Council demanded that the railroad elevate its train tracks in the city. Ptl. Mynderse was posthumously honored with the naming of a new city street after him. Mynderse Street was located off State Street in a new section of the city that was expanding eastward from downtown.''

 

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Captain Albert L. Youmans  End of Watch, November 28,1924    Shield # 21
 

Born: 1877
Appointed: 1902
Died: November 28, 1924

 

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Patrolman Frank A. Quinlivan  End of Watch, September 15,1925   Shield # 86

Born: 1895
Appointed: 1917
Died: September 15, 1925

On the morning of September 15, 1925, Patrolman Quinlivan was investigating the sighting of four gunmen who has committed an armed robbery of the Marwell House nightclub in South Schenectady. The investigation led him to the Colonie Inn on Albany Road where the officer interrupted the bandits as they were dividing their loot at a back table. The four had been on a robbery spree, hitting nightclubs and hijacking liquor shipments. Ptl. Quinlivan was mortally wounded by one of the four bandits who fired at him from a gun concealed under the table. The dying officer was able to shoot and kill the robber. The dead man was a well-known gangster and gunman who was the prime suspect in the murder of Captain Youmans and the fatal wounding of Ptl. Flynn, as well as a suspect in the murder of Sergeant Thomas P. Oates of the Troy, NY, Police Department.

 

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Patrolman John R. Flynn  End of Watch, August 28,1934                 Shield # 71

Born: 1898
Appointed: 1922
Died: August 28, 1934

On the evening of November 28, 1924, the day after Thanksgiving, an assassin shot both Captain Youmans and Patrolman John Flynn as they were walking on Edison Avenue near the elevated railroad bridge. The 12-gauge shotgun blast fatally wounded Capt. Youmans and injured Ptl. Flynn. Despite his injuries, Ptl. Flynn carried the Captain back to the 2nd Precinct at the intersection of Broadway and Edison Avenue where he summoned help. For the next ten years Ptl. Flynn worked for the department; however the wounds he received that day continued to plague him until he finally succumbed to complications in 1934. The "Roaring Twenties" were in full swing, and, like many other urban areas in the country, Schenectady had problems with prohibition. Capt. Youmans was known as a champion in the fight against speakeasies, gambling houses and other vice prevalent in that era.

 

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Patrolman John C. Sherman End of Watch, August 22, 1941           Shield #118

Born: 1896
Appointed: 1924
Died: August 22, 1941

While responding to a call of a house fire, the tires of Patrolman Shermans's car were caught between the trolley car rails on State Street, causing it to flip over. Ptl. Sherman died as a result of his injuries.

 

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Patrolman William J. Hickey  End of Watch, July 17, 1949                 Shield #78

Born: 1925
Appointed: 1948
Died: June 17, 1949

Patrolman Hickey was a motorcycle officer assigned to downtown Schenectady. On June 17, 1949, Ptl. Hickey was on routine patrol crossing the intersection of Union and Barrett Streets. A visitor to Schenectady did not notice the red traffic light, hitting the motorcycle and dragging Ptl. Hickey into the curb and up onto the sidewalk. Only 24 years old, Ptl. Hickey had been described as one of the most promising young officers in the department.

 

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Lieutenant John J. Cummings  End of Watch, May 18, 1953 

Born: 1902
Appointed: April 10, 1925
Died: May 18, 1953

At approximately 3:00 a.m. on May 18, 1953, a young soldier home on leave from the Army stole a car from a dealership on Nott Terrace. The theft had been detected, and the stolen vehicle was spotted and pursued. Lieutenant Cummings was riding in a vehicle driven by Patrolman Cliff Wood, Sr., when he was stricken with a heart attack. Lt. Cummings was immediately brought to the nearest medical facility -- St. Clares Hospital Emergency Room, which had not yet officially opened to the public. Doctors there worked on the Lieutenant, was pronounced dead at 5:30 a.m., shortly after arriving at the hospital.

 

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Patrolman William A. Koenige  End of Watch, February 12, 1979    Shield #109

Born: 1943
Appointed: 1969
Died: February 12, 1979

During the late evening of February 12, 1979, Patrolman Koenige responded to a domestic trouble call at a home on Baker Avenue. When officers arrived at the address, they learned that shots had been fired from the upstairs flat of the two-family home. Ptl. Koenige was on the stairwell leading to the 2nd floor when, hidden from view on the landing above him, a distraught young man pulled the trigger of a loaded rifle. The bullet ricocheted off the wall striking Ptl. Koenige in the neck and knocking him down the stairs. When the gunman saw that he had shot an officer, he turned the rifle on himself and took his own life.

 

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Patrolman Eric K. Verteramo  End of Watch, April 11, 2004               Shield # 91

Born: 1973
Appointed: 1998
Died: April 11, 2004

During the early evening hours of April 11, 2004, Officer Verteramo responded from Bellvue to a motorcycle - pedestrian accident at State and Furman Streets. While northbound on Broadway, about 500 feet north of Lower Broadway, Officer Verteramo failed to negotiate a curve and struck a utility pole across from 824 Broadway. Schenectady Police and Fire Communications received several calls about the crash, and dispatched police and rescue personnel to the scene. Officer Veteramo was extricated from the vehicle by Schenectady Fire Department personnel and rushed to Ellis Hospital with head and upper-body trauma. A short time later, Officer Verteramo was airlifted by Med Flight to Albany Medical Center for further treatment. Later that evening, Officer Verteramo died from his injuries.

 

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