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End of watch: Schenectady's fallen officers

Here are the stories of the seven other Schenectady police officers who have been killed in the line of duty.
End of watch: Schenectady's fallen officers
A Schenectady Police Department honor guard stands at attention during funeral services for Patrolman Bill Koenige in 1979.
Photographer: Gazette File Photo

Patrolman James A. Mynderse - March 31, 1900
Mynderse was struck and killed by a freight train as he pushed a woman with hearing problems off train tracks that cross State Street - at the time, the crossing was at street level. Mynderse had just pushed the woman to safety when he was struck by a train on a second set of tracks, coming from the opposite direction. Mynderse's death spurred officials to demand the railroad elevate train tracks in the city; Mynderse Street is named for the fallen officer.

 

Capt. Albert L. Youmans - Nov. 28, 1924
Youmans was shot and killed on the day after Thanksgiving, fatally wounded by an assassin's 12-gauge shotgun. Youmans was hit as he and Patrolman John Flynn walked on Edison Avenue near the elevated railroad bridge. Flynn also was seriously injured; Youmans had been known in the fight against speakeasies, gambling houses and other vice of the era.

 

Patrolman Frank A. Quinlivan - Sept. 15, 1925
Quinlivan was on the trail of armed robbers who had just stolen from the Maxwell House nightclub in South Schenectady. Quinlivan tracked the men to the Colonie Inn on Albany Road, where the policeman interrupted the bandits as they were dividing their loot at a back table. One of the robbers shot Quinlivan; the officer returned fire and killed the man. The dead gunman later was identified as a well-known gangster considered a prime suspect in the Youmans-Flynn case.

 

Patrolman John R. Flynn - Aug. 28, 1934
Flynn remained on the job after he was wounded in the shotgun attack. His wounds continued to bother him, and contributed to his death.

 

Patrolman John C. Sherman - Aug. 22, 1941
Sherman was rushing to a house fire when the tires of his patrol car got stuck between the trolley car rails on State Street. The car flipped over; Sherman died of his injuries.

 

Patrolman William J. Hickey - July 17, 1949
A motorcycle officer assigned to downtown Schenectady, Hickey crossed the intersection of Union and Barrett streets when a visitor did not notice the red traffic light. He struck the motorcycle; Hickey was dragged into the curb and onto the sidewalk. He was only 24.

 

Eric J. Verteramo - April 11, 2004
While responding to a motorcycle-pedestrian accident, Verteramo's patrol car struck a utility pole in the 800 block of Broadway. Verteramo later died of his injuries at Albany Medical Center.

 

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