In Memoriam
NYC Police Officer Cecil F. Sledge

End of Watch: January 28, 1980

End of Watch: January 28, 1980


Fidelis ad mortem…

Faithful Unto Death… The NYPD official motto.

Blessed are the peacemakers,
for they shall be called sons of God - Matthew 5:9

Police Officer Cecil Frank Sledge was shot and killed while conducting a traffic stop at Flatlands Avenue and 78th Street in Brooklyn.

Police Officer Sledge recognized the subject as being wanted in connection to a robbery that had occurred the previous day. The officer was shot as he approached the subject’s vehicle. As he fell to the ground, his gun belt then became entangled on the vehicle, and he was dragged approximately one-quarter mile before falling free.

The suspect was apprehended after taking an elderly woman hostage in her own home.

The suspect was convicted of second-degree murder and sentenced to 25 years to life. He was denied parole in September 2014 and in September 2016.

Officer Sledge had served with the New York City Police Department for 12 years and was assigned to the 69th Precinct. His wife and two children survive him.

Fallen but never forgotten…