Blue Friday of New York

Honoring Those Who Protect and Serve

Schenectady Police Department

End of Watch: April 11, 2004 

Patrolman Eric J. VerteramoSchenectady Police Department

Patrolman Eric Verteramo was killed in an automobile accident while responding to an accident involving a motorcycle and a pedestrian at approximately 1900 hours.

He lost control of his patrol car and struck a utility pole on Broadway. Patrolman Verteramo was flown to Albany Medical Center where he succumbed to his injuries approximately four hours later.

Patrolman Verteramo had served with the Schenectady Police Department for 5 years.

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End of Watch: February 12, 1979 

Patrolman William A. KoenigeSchenectady Police Department

Patrolman William Koenige was shot and killed while responding to a report of domestic disturbance involving weapons at 2333 hours. A man had gone to his ex-girlfriend's home armed with a .30 caliber carbine, a .357 caliber handgun, and a 9 mm handgun. After the man got to the woman's house he found that she was not there and fired six rounds through the door. Patrolman Koenige and another officer were dispatched to the scene, but Patrolman Koenige was the first to arrive. As he climbed the stairs to the third floor apartment the man shot him at point-blank range.

The suspect then committed suicide.

Patrolman Koenige was only 27 minutes from ending his shift for the night.

Patrolman Koenige had served with the Schenectady Police Department for ten years. He was survived by his two daughters.

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End of Watch: June 17, 1949 

Patrolman William J. HickeySchenectady Police Department

Patrolman Hickey was killed in a motorcycle accident when his police motorcycle was struck by a vehicle which had run a red light in downtown Schenectady.

Patrolman Hickey had been with the agency for one year.

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End of Watch: August 22, 1941 

Patrolman John C. ShermanSchenectady Police Department

Patrolman Sherman was killed in an automobile accident while responding to a call for a house fire. During the response the wheels of Patrolman Sherman's patrol car got stuck in trolley rails and caused the vehicle to turn over.

Patrolman Sherman had been with the agency for 17 years.

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End of Watch: August 28, 1934 

Patrolman John R. FlynnSchenectady Police Department

Patrolman Flynn succumbed to gunshot wounds received ten years earlier when he and his Captain were ambushed by a gunman hidden behind a factory wall at 2200 hours. Despite being wounded by the shotgun blast himself, Patrolman Flynn carried the mortally wounded Captain Albert Youmans to a call box one block away. Captain Youmans was transported to a local hospital where succumbed to his wounds several hours later. Patrolman Flynn recovered slightly from his wounds and was able to return to light police duty before taking a turn for the worse.

The prime suspect was later shot and killed in a shootout with Patrolman Frank Quinlivan on September 15, 1925. Patrolman Quinlivan was also killed in the shootout.

Prior to killing Patrolman Quinlivan, the suspect was also the prime suspect in the murder of Sergeant Thomas Oates, of the Troy Police Department.

Patrolman Flynn had been with the agency for 12 years and was survived by his mother, two sisters, two brothers, and stepbrother.

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End of Watch: September 15, 1925 

Patrolman Frank A. QuinlivanSchenectady Police Department

Patrolman Frank Quinlivan was shot and killed while investigating the sighting of four bank robbery suspects at a local hotel. When he arrived at the scene he caught the four men dividing up the money taken in the robbery. One of the men opened fire with a gun concealed underneath a table, striking Patrolman Quinlivan. Although mortally wounded, Patrolman Quinlivan was able to return fire and killed one of the suspect.

The suspect that Patrolman Quinlivan killed was a known criminal and was the prime suspect in the murders of Captain Albert Youmans, of the Schenectady Police Department, on November 28, 1924, and Sergeant Thomas Oates, of the Troy Police Department, on April 25, 1925. Patrolman John Flynn, who was shot at the same time as Captain Youmans, succumbed to his wounds on August 28, 1934.

Patrolman Quinlivan had served with the agency for eight years and had also been assigned to the National Guard unit in search of Poncho Villa in Mexico in 1916. He was survived by his wife and five children.

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End of Watch: November 28, 1924 

Captain Albert L. YoumansSchenectady Police Department

Captain Youmans and Patrolman John Flynn were shot and killed after being ambushed by a gunman hidden behind a factory wall at 2200 hours.

Despite being wounded by the shotgun blast himself, Patrolman Flynn carried the mortally wounded Captain Youmans to a call box one block away. Captain Youmans was transported to a local hospital where he succumbed to his wounds several hours later. Patrolman Flynn recovered slightly from his wounds and was able to return to light police duty before taking a turn for the worse and succumbing to his wounds ten years later.

The prime suspect was later shot and killed in a shootout with Patrolman Frank Quinlivan on September 15, 1925. Patrolman Quinlivan was also killed in the shootout.

Prior to killing Patrolman Quinlivan, the suspect was also the prime suspect in the murder of Sergeant Thomas Oates, of the Troy Police Department.

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End of Watch: March 31, 1900 

Patrolman James A. MynderseSchenectady Police Department

Patrolman Mynderse was struck and killed by a train in the downtown area of Schenectady. A woman who was shopping in the area was crossing a double-track when two trains from opposite directions were approaching. The woman became paralyzed with fear and Patrolman Mynderse, who was at a walking post near the crossing, immediately ran to her and pushed her out of the way. Patrolman Mynderse narrowly escaped being struck by the first train, but stepped back onto the other tracks and was struck by the second train.

The City Council honored his serviced by naming a new street after him.

Patrolman Mynderse had been with the agency for six years and was survived by wife, two daughters, and son.

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End of Watch On This Date

May 28, 1904 

Chief of Police Bullis Bullis SolomonRouses Point Police Department

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